Event Director – FIFA World Youth Championship 2007

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is seeking, beginning in June, 2005, the services of a full-time Event Director for the FIFA World Youth Championship Canada 2007.
The FIFA World Youth Championship Canada 2007 is a three-week long, 6-site, 24-nation, 52-match tournament featuring the best young 20-year-old players in the world. It is the second largest event staged by FIFA after the FIFA World Cup.

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is seeking, beginning in June, 2005, the services of a full-time Event Director for the FIFA World Youth Championship Canada 2007.

The FIFA World Youth Championship Canada 2007 is a three-week long, 6-site, 24-nation, 52-match tournament featuring the best young 20-year-old players in the world. It is the second largest event staged by FIFA after the FIFA World Cup.

Principal Responsibilities:

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  • Plan and implement all aspects of each special event
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  • Development of event critical path
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  • Actively develop and work with working committees, including involvement with each Site
  • Organizing Committee (SOC), the National Organizing Committee (NOC), and FIFA
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  • Be responsible for budget preparation and all aspects of financial management of each SOC
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  • Excellent working relationships in a volunteer committee environment
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  • Volunteer management, including recruiting, training and supervising special event volunteers
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  • Recruit and train volunteer committees
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  • Securing and managing relationships with event partners, sponsors and suppliers
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  • Development of marketing and PR campaigns
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  • Development of ticket sales plan

Qualifications:

  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills
  • University Degree or College Diploma; preferably in sport management or related field
  • Ten or more years of event related experience, and hands-on experience in all aspects of event management including event creation, budgeting, sit negotiations, logistics, vendor and on-site management
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Excellent time management, verbal and written communication, decision making, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Must be able to work on multiple projects at the same time and be able to work within tight timelines. Flexibility and problem solving are critical
  • Oversees all operational aspects of the LOC
  • Assist in the recruitment of all championship staff members
  • This position also involves a certain level of business development. Candidate must be able to prepare and “pitch” sponsorship packages to relevant, likeminded brands that are looking to associate with our brand and our brand objectives
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated track record of special event management, from planning to on-site execution, to stewardship
  • Ability to motivate, mentor and develop working committees
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Ability to develop a budget, coupled with the ability to diligently analyze and keep within the constraints of a budget
  • Bilingualism is a major asset
  • A soccer background would be an asset

The ability to work very flexible hours and to travel extensively is a requirement of this full-time position. This position is a term contract beginning in June 2005 and finishing in August 2007.

All applications should be addressed to: employment@soccercan.ca

or by mail to:

The Search Committee – Event Director
The Canadian Soccer Association
237 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 1R2

or by fax to: (613) 237-1516

THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS: APRIL 21, 2005

The Association thanks all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only those applicants selected for the interview will be contacted.

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