"Stronger Youth. Beyond the Game."
Soccer Shots Pittsburgh seeks employees who espouse our Core Values: We care. We pursue excellence. We are stronger together. We are candid. We own it. We grow.
Passionate, energetic, and fun-loving youth soccer instructors are needed to work with children ages 2 to 8 in the greater Pittsburgh area! Most important is that our coaches have previous experience with and an appreciation for young children. There is a curriculum with weekly lesson plans to follow and equipment and coaching apparel is provided.
Soccer Shots operates year-round and offers five seasons: spring, summer, fall, fall 2.0, and winter; each season lasts 8 to 10 weeks. We have private (daycare / elementary school / preschool) sessions in the mornings and in the mid/late afternoons Monday through Friday, and public programs (open to the general public) held Monday through Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings. There are many different scheduling blocks where we could fit you in!
Part-time Soccer Shots instructors typically work 5-10 hours per week. Hours will be dependent upon the timing of your application / hiring, your availability, your location / willingness to drive to our locations, and capability.
An initial (paid) training period is required for all new coaches, and consists of online training and in-person training. We require new coaches to work as an assistant-coach-in-training (whenever possible) before being deemed ready to coach alone / as a head coach.
Coaches are expected to be available and present for their particular time slot(s) all 8 to 10 weeks of the season, as the children and parents are dependent upon consistent leadership and attendance for the entirety of the season. You’ll be at the same location(s) at the same times each week, and we need you to be committed for the entire 8 to 10-week season.
The ideal instructor MUST meet the following criteria:
Dependable: Must be willing to commit to, at minimum, two full 8-10 week seasons of Soccer Shots; we need an honest and true commitment. There should be no expectation (spoken or unspoken) that you will back out on your commitment to the children and their families. If something unexpected arises, you must finish out the current season before resigning.
Responsible: Arrives at least 15 minutes early to each session; comes prepared with lesson plan memorized; can handle a group of 10 or more children; keeps accurate attendance; communicates well with Soccer Shots leadership team as concerns and needs arise, etc.
Professional: Neat in appearance; friendly and courteous with daycare / school staff and directors / principal and parents; self-assured and confident.
Enthusiastic: Must enjoy interacting with young children (2–8 years old); able to connect with children and to communicate on their level. You must be very outgoing, animated, and able to be silly with the children. There is no room for shyness or reserved behavior; we need ENTHUSIASTIC coaches!
Soccer: Soccer experience is preferred, however, if you are great with children and have some basic familiarity with the game, that should suffice.
Experience with YOUNG children: Must be able to easily engage and interact with 2-8 year olds, and have experience doing so. This is very important.
Reliable PERSONAL transportation and valid driver's license: reliance on public transportation, ride sharing, or alternative forms of transportation (bicycle) has been shown to be highly unsustainable given the locations at which we work.
PA State-Required Clearances: Candidate must be able to provide clear PA state clearances and clear FBI fingerprint clearance upon acceptance of an offer of employment.
Instructors should also be willing to perform other duties as requested in order to to help drive to our Vision, fulfill our Mission, and abide by our Organization’s Values. Duties may include assisting with paper flier drop-offs, placing yard signs around the area, attending company events, participating in in-person and online staff training meetings.
Compensation starts at $18/session for head coaches and $10/session for assistant coaches. Each session is 30 to 45 minutes in length, depending on the particular age group.
Our Brand: Soccer Shots is the leader in youth soccer development for children ages 2-8. We're an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, curriculum and communication. Soccer Shots exists to positively impact the lives of children. Our vision is to provide a beloved growth experience for every child, a remarkable experience for every family.
Soccer Shots Franchising: Since 2005, SSF has been franchising nationally. There are currently 200 franchise territories across the country, serving over 440,000 children each year. This position is not with Soccer Shots Franchising, but with Soccer Shots Pittsburgh, a locally owned and operated franchise within the Soccer Shots system.