Soccer Staff Descriptions & Qualifications 2017-07-26T20:22:52+00:00
NIRSA Championship Staff & Officials

NIRSA Soccer
Staff Descriptions & Qualifications

NIRSA Championship Series

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NIRSA National Soccer Championships

Co-Directors of Competition Position Description

The Co-Directors of Competition is responsible for ensuring that the event is executed in a manner consistent with NIRSA Championship Series Standards of Competition.

Required Elements for Eligibility:

  • Commitment to serve a minimum of three years in this position.
  • NIRSA professional membership throughout the appointment.
  • Availability to participate in monthly teleconference meetings.
  • Unrestricted access to the internet and good working knowledge of email and online systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Preferred qualifications for National Tournament Director of Competition:

  • Have served as Chair of All-Tournament Committee at a NIRSA Championship Series events.
  • Have served as Regional Soccer Coordinator.
  • Have experience in soccer as a player, coach, official, or volunteer.

Responsibilities, associated with the National Tournament, include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):

  • Establish rules of play (consult with Tournament Director and Director of Officials).
  • Create and post schedules of play.
  • Coordinate the selection of teams to participate in the Championship Division.
  • Provide oversight and assistance in creation of game sheets/scorecards.
  • Provide oversight and assistance recording and posting results of competition.
  • Provide oversight and assistance tracking disciplinary issues.
  • Provide oversight and supervision of tournament Field Marshals.
  • Assign a Chair(s) to direct the All-Tournament committee.
  • Select staff for the All-Tournament Committees.
  • Oversee the All-Tournament Committee and all operations.
  • Oversee the selection of All-Tournament players.
  • Serve on Protest/Appeals Committee.
  • Assist with post tournament evaluation.
  • Assist with National Tournament site selection.
  • Assist with National Tournament budget planning.

Responsibilities, associated with the oversight of Regional Coordinators and Tournaments, include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):

  • Provide oversight and assistance to Regional Coordinators as needed.
  • Evaluate Regional Teams to develop ranking and seeding for National Tournament.
  • Provide assistance with the coordination of the Regional Tournaments as needed.
  • Assist in selection of Regional Coordinators.

Selection Process:

Applications for Co-Director of Competition will be posted on the NIRSA Championship Series web site. The Selection Committee will meet after the application deadline by teleconference to select the Co-Director.

Selection Committee:

  • Director of National Sport Programs or Designee
  • Co-Director of Competition
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Member of Result Operation Team
  • Director of Operations

Director of Officials Position Description

The Director of Officials, in collaboration with the Tournament Director, Co-Directors of Competition, and the Assistant Director of Officials, is responsible for selection of officials. The Director of Officials, along with the Tournament Director, is also responsible for being involved in selecting any additional staff necessary to assist with the training and evaluation of these officials. 

Required Elements for Eligibility:

  • Commitment to serve minimum of five years in this position.
  • NIRSA Professional membership throughout term of service.
  • NISOA Certified Official throughout term of service.
  • Availability to participate in monthly teleconference meetings.
  • Unrestricted access to the internet and good working knowledge of email and online systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications for National Tournament Director of Officials:

  • Have experience in soccer as a player, coach, official, or volunteer.
  • Have served in a leadership position in one or more Championship Series Regional or National Tournaments.
  • Two years of experience as an active official in the same sport (high school, college, USA Soccer Amateur Adult).
  • Have established relationships with officiating camps, organizations, or conferences (high school, college).

Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):

  • Serve on Protest and Appeals Committee.
  • Recruit and Select NISOA certified officials to work the tournament.
  • Provide training, evaluation, and feedback for selected officials, consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development.
  • Assist in the application and selection process for the Assistant Director of Officials.
  • Act as liaison between NIRSA and NISOA, in collaboration with the Tournament Director, in development to ensure successful tournament.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of a Student Official’s Development Program in collaboration with the Tournament Director, Co–Directors of Competition, and the Assistant Director of Competition (when applicable).
  • Assist in the coordination of travel for selected officials.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Tournament Director.

Selection Process:

The selection committee will choose to select the current Assistant Director of Officials or open the application process to the NIRSA community in a timely manner for the following year’s event.

Selection Committee:

  • Director of National Sport Programs or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Co-Directors of Competition
  • Previous Director of Officials (when applicable)
  • Member of Results Operation Team

Assistant Director of Officials/Officials Assignors

The Assistant Director of Officials is a developmental role in preparation to serve the National Championships Series in future leadership roles. This position serves as the Official’s Assignor as well as support for the Director of Officials, Co-Directors of Competition, and Tournament Director.

Required Elements for Eligibility:

  • NIRSA Professional membership throughout term of service.
  • NISOA Member throughout term of service.
  • Commitment to serve minimum of one year in this position.
  • Availability to participate in monthly teleconference meetings.
  • Unrestricted access to the internet and good working knowledge of email and online systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Preferred qualifications for National Tournament Director and Assistant Director of Officials:

  • Two years of experience as an active soccer official in the same sport (high school, college, USA Soccer Amateur Adult).
  • Have established relationships with officiating camps, organizations, or conferences (high school, college).

Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Director of Officials):

  • Recruit NISOA Certified officials to work the tournament.
  • Assist in training, evaluation, and feedback for selected officials, consistent with the highest standards of the officiating avocation and of NIRSA Championship Series principles of professional development.
  • Direct scheduling of officials throughout the tournament.
  • Act as liaison between NIRSA and NISOA, in collaboration with the Tournament Director, to ensure successful tournament.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of a Student Official’s Development Program in collaboration with the Tournament Director, Co–Directors of Competition, and the Director of Officials.
  • Other duties as assigned by Director of Officials or Tournament Director.

Selection Process:

Applications for Assistant Director will be posted on the NIRSA Championship Series web site. The Selection Committee will meet after the application deadline by teleconference to select the Assistant Director.

Selection Committee:

  • Director of National Sport Programs or Designee
  • Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • Championship Series Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Co-Directors of Competition
  • Director of Officials
  • Member of Results Operation Team

Director of Operations Position Description

The Director of Operations is responsible for ensuring that the event is executed in a safe and efficient manner that meet the standards of the NIRSA Championship Series.

Required Elements for Eligibility:

  • NIRSA Professional membership throughout term of service.
  • Commitment to serve minimum of three years in this position.
  • Availability to participate in monthly teleconference meetings
  • Unrestricted access to the internet and good working knowledge of email and online systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications for National Tournament Director of Operations:

  • Facility Operations or Special Events Professional Background
  • Have experience in event management, host committees, volunteer management.
  • Have served on Operations Team in one or more Championship Series Regional or National Tournaments.

Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Director):

  • Contact local vendors to schedule, plan, and provide all event equipment, supplies, and logistical needs for the tournament.
  • Contact local vendors to schedule, plan, and provide all meals provided for NIRSA staff and officials. Work with host site to secure emergency action plan for facility and educate all event staff to standard operating procedures.
  • Complete daily inspection of all fields for playability and safety. Work with host site to improve any line marking, safety or equipment concerns.
  • Track and maintain the operating budget.
  • Set up site prior to the tournament to meet NIRSA brand standards and expectations.
  • Work with operations staff to set-up and teardown fields and hospitality each day of the tournament.
  • Act as the liaison between NIRSA and host site staff for all logistics and tournament needs to ensure host site policies are enforced.
  • Act as the point of contact for NIRSA during all emergencies.
  • All other duties as assigned by Tournament Director.

Selection Process:

The selection committee will choose to select the current Assistant Director of Operations or open the application process to the NIRSA community in a timely manner for the following year’s event. Preference will go to former Director and Assistant Directors of Operations. The selection committee will meet via phone conference to select.

Selection Committee:

  • Director of National Sport Programs or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Co- Directors of Competition
  • Previous Director of Operations (if applicable)
  • Member of Results Operation Team

Assistant Director of Operations

The Assistant Director of Operations is responsible for ensuring that the event is executed in a safe and efficient manner that meet the standards of the NIRSA Championship Series.

Required Elements for Eligibility:

  • NIRSA Professional membership throughout term of service.
  • Commitment to serve minimum of one year in this position.
  • Availability to participate in monthly teleconference meetings.
  • Unrestricted access to the internet and good working knowledge of email and online systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications for National Tournament Assistant Director of Operations:

  • Facility Operations or Special Events Professional Background.
  • Have experience in event management, host committees, volunteer management.
  • Have served on Operations Team in one or more Championship Series Regional or National Tournaments.

Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Director and Director of Operations):

  • Assist in contacting local vendors to schedule, plan, and provide all meals provided for NIRSA staff and officials.
  • Assist in preparation of all logistical needs for the tournament.
  • Work with host site to secure emergency action plan for facility and educate all event staff to standard operating procedures.
  • Complete daily inspection of all fields for playability and safety. Work with host site to improve any line marking, safety or equipment concerns.
  • Assist in oversight of the operating budget.
  • Assist in site set up prior to the tournament to meet NIRSA brand standards and expectations.
  • Work with operations staff to set-up and teardown fields and hospitality each day of the tournament.
  • Act as the liaison between NIRSA and host site staff for all logistics and tournament needs to ensure host site policies are enforced.
  • Assist Director of Operations during all emergencies.
  • All other duties as assigned by Tournament Director and Director of Operations.

Selection Process:

Applications for Assistant Director of Operations will be posted on the NIRSA Championship Series web site. The Selection Committee will meet after the application deadline by teleconference to select the Assistant Director.

Selection Committee:

  • Director of National Sport Programs or Designee
  • Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • Championship Series Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Co-Directors of Competition
  • Director of Operations
  • Member of Results Operation Team

Results Team Member Position Description

The Results Team is responsible for ensuring that the Tournament is administered in a way that meet the standards of the NIRSA Championship Series.

Required for Eligibility:

  • NIRSA Membership throughout term of service.
  • Commitment to serve minimum of four years in this position.
  • Availability to participate in teleconference meetings.
  • Institutional support from home institution.
  • Unrestricted access to the internet and good working knowledge of email and online systems.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications for Results Team:

  • Have experience in administrative tournament management, host committees, and/or volunteer management.
  • Have served on staff in one or more Championship Series Soccer Regional or National Tournaments.

Responsibilities include (in consultation with the Tournament Directors):

  • Act as support system for functional areas of tournament administration throughout the tournament.
  • Ensure successful volunteer staff schedule and field marshall orientation prior to first day of tournament play.
  • Work with Coordinator for National Sport Programs to plan and execute tournament registration for all teams to register and verify rosters.
  • Prepare all Game sheets for tournament games.
  • Utilize IMLeagues or similar software to input, track, and post scores from all games played throughout tournament.
  • Track all games worked by the staff of officials.
  • Work with the Director and Assistant Director of Officials to ensure all officials are eligible to work and are paid for all games worked.
  • Track All-Tournament Team votes and report to All Tournament Team Chairs.
  • Prepare championship game scripts for presentation prior to all championship games.
  • All other duties as assigned by Tournament Directors.

Selection Process:

The selection committee will open the application process to the NIRSA community in a timely manner for the following year’s event. The Selection Committee will meet after the application deadline by teleconference to select the newest member of the results team.

Selection Committee:

  • Director of National Sport Programs or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Vice Chair or Designee
  • NIRSA Championship Series Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Tournament Director(s)
  • Member of Results Operation Team

Regional Coordinator Position Description

Eligibility:

The minimum of two Regional Coordinator positions shall be filled by current NIRSA professional members. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Regional soccer experience in the form of league commissioner, regional tournament volunteer, Regional Assistant Coordinator or other applicable service
  • National Tournament Volunteer experience

Reporting:

The Regional Coordinator Position shall report to the Co-Directors of Competition for the National Tournament throughout the year. In the event the National Co-Directors of Competition are not available, this position shall report to the NIRSA Soccer Work Team Chair. Additional support for this position shall always be available from NIRSA Headquarters. 

Appointment Process:

The appointment process will be by application. These applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the following members:

  • Co – Directors of Competition for the National Tournament
  • National Tournament Director/Director of National Sport Programs, NIRSA
  • National Soccer Work Team Chair
  • Current Regional Coordinator in the appropriate region (if one is in term)

Timelines for these applications will vary annually and will be posted on the NIRSA website.

Term:

Regional Coordinators will serve a four year term. The minimum number of Regional Coordinator positions per region shall be two, with the option to have more positions filled if needed. These Regional Coordinators shall serve staggered terms if at all possible. Regional Coordinators are eligible to serve multiple terms but they must complete the application process and be appointed for this additional service at the conclusion of each term to be considered. Each term shall begin on March 1st.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as NIRSA liaison reporting regional rankings, bid recommendations, and other pertinent information
  • Responsible for the recruitment, selection, and guidance of the regional leadership team
  • Disburse and maintain accurate information/reports for constituents and leadership team using appropriate communication methods (e-mail, website, forms, etc.)
  • Align and instill NIRSA values within the administration of league(s) and tournament(s) operations
  • Ensure successful execution of league(s) coordination and management through effective communication with league representatives
    • Including but not limited to:
      • League scheduling
      • Forfeits, cancellations, and rescheduling requests
      • League results and standings
      • Rules, policies, and disputes
      • League membership and new team affiliation requests
      • League policies and practices
      • Finances
      • Eligibility
    • Ensure successful execution of regional tournament(s) through effective communication with regional representatives
      • Including but not limited to:
        • Tournament operations including host site selection(s), logistics, risk management, equipment, supplies, etc.
        • Tournament competition including scheduling, rules, team/player management
        • Eligibility
        • Team Selection
        • Officials
        • Volunteers
        • Hospitality and lodging as necessary
        • Finances

Need more information?

Questions about the NIRSA Championship Series can be directed to the NIRSA Director of National Sport Programs, Valerie McCutchan.