Executive Director USA

Common Goal
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jul 01

Position description

With more than three billion fans, soccer is the largest social phenomenon on the planet. No other sport boasts such wealth, reach or cultural significance. At Common Goal, we envision a world where soccer creates a more inclusive and equal society. Our mission is to mobilize the global soccer ecosystem to create access to more safe spaces for young people to play, learn, and thrive.

We engage with some of the biggest stakeholders and change makers in soccer (including top athletes, brands, clubs, confederations - from Megan Rapinoe, Naomi Girma, MLS franchises, to Jurgen Klopp and adidas to UEFA) to strengthen a network of over 200 community organizations across 100+ countries, via access to funding and specific thematic programs.

Over this 25+ year journey, we’ve created an award-winning organization (UN, EU, FIFA, UEFA and global social entrepreneurship networks) and a significant blueprint in the North American market (USWNT players, NWSL clubs, top brands the likes of Fox Sports, Better Help…).

Come help us take it to the next level!

About the Role

Join us in a transformative leadership journey at the helm of Common Goal USA. We are seeking an experienced leader to champion our mission and elevate our impact on the global stage.

This role offers the unique opportunity to merge passion with purpose, driving forward the power of soccer as a catalyst for societal change, especially with the 2026 FIFA world cup around the corner, highlighting North America as the epicentre of global soccer. As part of an award-winning organization, you'll lead efforts to harness the influential world of soccer, aligning with our global strategy, expanding our legacy of social transformation. As Executive Director, you'll navigate the complexities of the soccer landscape, finding innovative paths for growth, and fostering a culture of inclusive excellence.

This role is ideally based on the US east coast.

Your Responsibilities

Strategic Outcomes

  • Achieve financial sustainability for Common Goal USA, ensuring a positive contribution margin with the goal of investing over $10M annually into our community network through strategic partnerships and philanthropy
  • Establish Common Goal as the number one destination for maximizing impact through soccer, securing high brand visibility and engagement with key athletes, industry voices, influencers, and media
  • Enhance Common Goal's impact by providing tangible social return on investment, deploying global tools and curricula with local relevance

Operational Excellence & Leadership

  • Oversee all North American operational facets (Finance, People, Operations) with a sharp business acumen, from financial stewardship to technology adoption, ensuring Common Goal's efficient pursuit of its mission
  • Empower a skilled team, establishing accountability, clarity, and excellence in execution
  • Champion a culture of innovation, collaboration, and creativity, fostering talent across all the organization while leading your team with a focus on DEI, growing a team that reflects the community we serve and the global nature of our mission


  • Collaborate effectively with the Board of Directors, engaging their expertise and networks to further Common Goal’s strategic objectives


  • You have a proven track record in fundraising and stakeholder engagement and are capable of inspiring transformational investments
  • You demonstrate strong business acumen with extensive experience in managing operations and owning a profit and loss (P&L) statement while being capable of making strategic decisions that drive financial health and operational efficiency
  • You promote an organizational ethos that marries high performance with a higher purpose
  • You are an experienced leader who endorses openness, accountability and respect
  • You are an excellent communicator, skilled at simplifying complex concepts and inspiring people to action
  • You have a collaborative approach at the core, with a history of productive partnerships with Boards and executive teams to reach high-set targets
  • You possess strong organisational skills with the ability to prioritise and multitask


  • Be part of a motivating work culture with highly talented colleagues and peers, lean decision-making processes, and unique personal development opportunities within an internationally recognised social enterprise
  • Play your part in uniting the global football community in tackling the greatest social challenges of our time and join an innovative, experienced, solutions-oriented, and impact-driven team that is passionate about football for good
  • Enjoy 30 days annual leave and other great features to enable an optimal balance between work and personal life
  • Benefit from attractive perks for all employees such as visa & relocation support, health insurance, monthly public transport passes, a gym allowance, home-office equipment and support, as well as other great initiatives to create a fun and exciting workplace
  • Kick-start your career at Common Goal with your own initial 12-month contract with the potential and goal of extension into a long-term position

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