Public Policy Fellow

Title: Public Policy Fellow

Supervisor:  Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships

Mission: The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Major Charitable Arm of Soccer in the United States, was established in 1994.  Using soccer as a vehicle for youth development and social change, the U.S. Soccer Foundation seeks to improve the health and well-being of children in urban underserved communities. The U.S. Soccer Foundation is located in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Job Summary: The U.S. Soccer Foundation seeks a Fellow to assist the Strategic Growth Team.  Reporting to the Senor Manager, Strategic Partnerships this position will help carry out the Foundation’s national and local governmental relations strategy, as well as support the development of partnerships that will help the Foundation reach it’s 10-year strategic vision. In addition, the fellow will support the Senior Manager develop reports for partners and foundations that are supporting the Foundation’s growth.

The ideal candidate will have a background in public policy and interest in learning about the interworking of a non-profit and how different sectors work together to scale innovative solutions.


  • Background/interest in Public Policy or social entrepreneurship is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and proofreading skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work on assignments with a wide range of staff
  • Ability to work in a fast pace environment
  • Must be available to work evenings/weekends
  • Must be available to travel as required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; mail merges; e-mail and web searches
  • Experience with Salesforce (CRM) is a plus
  • A bachelor’s degree

Duties and Responsibilities:

Government Relations —

  • Update the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Congressional Agenda
  • Help coordinate content based briefings that will educate the Hill audience around important issues surrounding mentorship, health and wellness, and the built environment
  • Attend and participate in coalition meetings
  • Develop materials that can be used for monthly Hill newsletters
  • Identify and prospect municipal partnership opportunities
  • Coordinating a government relations calendar

Government Relations Events —

  • Helping Foundation staff implement Foundation events locally (Hill Day and the Congressional Soccer Game)
  • Assist in the creation of materials for the Hill Day and the Congressional Soccer Game
  • Help coordinate event staffing, ensuring adequate coverage (e.g., staffing the registration table, stewarding special guests, etc.)
  • Support the recruitment of Members of Congress and Administration Staff for the Congressional Soccer Game

Foundation Relations —

  • Assist in maintaining the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s prospect calendar in Salesforce
  • Adding contacts and foundations into Salesforce
  • Draft reports that will be submitted to partners

Strategic Growth —

  • Supporting the prospecting of national, state and local entities that can become partners in scaling efforts (hospital systems, youth development organizations, government entities, etc.)
  • Entering leads and background information into Salesforce
  • Developing materials that will be used to steward partnerships

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and at least two (2) references to noting the position name in the subject line. In your cover letter, please indicate the dates you are available.




Our Partners

  • adidas

    adidas, the Foundation's Safe Places to Play - Mini-Pitch Partner, supports providing children in underserved communities with safe play spaces nationwide. adidas strives to be the globally leading and most popular sporting goods brand. Dedicated to innovation,  adidas embraces creativity and seeks to be socially responsible in all facets of its brand. For more information, please visit

  • APT

    APT (Advanced Polymer Technology), the Foundation’s Partner for Acrylic Coating Products, is a global leader in high performance sports surfaces. APT provides people around the world with safe, reliable, performance enhancing surfaces. APT’s Laykold Masters acrylic surfacing system will be the official surface of an estimated 500 mini-pitches. For more information on APT, please visit

  • AstroTurf

    For athletes and soccer enthusiasts, AstroTurf® is redefining how synthetic soccer fields are built and perform. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of clubs, high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf’s LigaTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit the company’s recently redesigned website, - See more at:

  • CHA

    CHA Sports, the Foundation's Supplier for Soccer Facility Design and Planning Services, provides community partners with expertise in soccer facility design. CHA Sport's full service approach allows the company to build world-class projects without breaking budgets. For more information, please visit

  • Hunter

    Hunter Industries, the Foundation's National Partner for Irrigation Equipment, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for turf, landscape and soccer fields.  Hunter Industries' focus is on landscape irrigation with a significant part of its business centering on the proper care and maintenance of sports turf. For more information, please visit Please contact Lynda Wightman, 406-273-3073, with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Kwik Goal

    Kwik Goal, the Foundation’s Official Supplier for goals, seating, boundary equipment, training equipment and coaching accessories, will be supporting a variety of Foundation programs and initiatives including: Soccer for Success, National Training and the Safe Places to Play program. Over thirty years ago, Kwik Goal was founded on the revolutionary concept of providing transportable goals for coaches at all age levels. Since that time, Kwik Goal has continued to focus on helping coaches and soccer programs create safe and dynamic learning environments by supplying high quality, safety tested soccer goals, field equipment and training equipment to the domestic and international market. For more information, please visit

  • Musco

    Musco Lighting, the Foundation's National Partner for Sports Lighting, has specialized in the design and manufacture of athletic field lighting for over 35 years.  Musco’s newest innovation, Light-Structure GreenTM, offers significant advantages for your budget and the environment — operating costs are cut in half, spill light is reduced by 50%, and 100% of your maintenance costs are covered for 25 years. To request your free copy of Sports Lighting: Answers to 7 Common Questions, please visit Please contact Mike Shindler at with any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • Nike

    NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s National Partner for Athletic Apparel, supports the Foundation and its programs by providing Nike apparel to kids in underserved communities. Nike believes in the power of sport to unlock human potential and is committed to providing access to sport and physical activity  for kids to help set them up for success for life. For more information, please visit

  • SCORE Sports

    SCORE Sports, the preferred provider of shin guards to the Foundation’s Soccer for Success program, is a family-owned and operated business specializing in sports equipment, uniforms and apparel. SCORE is an industry leader and has been involved in the sports community for over 40 years. SCORE outfits athletes with high-quality uniforms that SCORE develops, designs and manufactures in the U.S. SCORE takes pride in working with various non-profit groups and causes to give back to athletes who may need some extra support to play the game they love. SCORE is environmentally cautious with the materials it uses for its products and does its part in minimizing our environmental footprint. SCORE proudly offers a wide variety of products to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all your soccer needs. For more information, please visit

  •, the Foundation's National Partner for Soccer Equipment and Uniforms, was founded in 1984 to provide high quality soccer gear at reasonable prices through its nationally circulated catalog. embodies a passion for the game that extends to the people who play, coach and support soccer. For more information, please visit

  • Sport Court

    Sport Court®, the Foundation's Supplier for Futsal Surfaces, has been the industry leader in modular athletic flooring for over 30 years. With more than 50,000 installations worldwide, and the largest and most experienced network of authorized dealers, Sport Court® delivers innovative, durable, high-performance solutions for a variety of sports and activities. For more information, please visit Please contact Joel McCausland at for any questions regarding the U.S. Soccer Foundation's grants program.

  • TGI Worldwide

    TGI Worldwide, the Foundation’s National Partner for Visual Branding (Signage, Event Décor, Pageantry, Sponsorship Activation), Perimeter Field Board Systems, Creative Services and Event Operations is proud to support a variety of initiatives and programs throughout the United States. Headquartered in the U.S., TGI is an internationally recognized sports marketing company delivering high profile Visual Branding, Live Event Management, LED, and cutting edge Digital Sports Applications to enrich the experience at major events and deliver commercial impact for sponsors and partners. The company has a 20-year history in providing its various solutions for many top-tier domestic and international events, organizations, teams and companies, with proven success and turn-key solutions across 1000+ events, 160+ cities and 50+ countries globally.

    For more information on our services, please visit or contact Mike Squire at / Phone: 312-371-5852.

  • World Soccer Shop

    Launched in 2001, World Soccer Shop is an online soccer retailer based in Birmingham, Alabama. It carries one of the world’s widest selections of officially-licensed products from the sport’s top brands and teams. World Soccer Shop is passionate about soccer and endeavors to spread the beautiful game around the world, especially to those in areas of need. For more information, please visit

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