Careers

Graphic Designer – Contract Position

Vancouver Whitecaps FC are seeking an entry-level part time graphic designer for a term beginning December 2016 and ending in February 2017. This position would be a great fit for a student or recent graduate who wants to gain experience in the fast paced, passionate world of design in sports.

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Marketing, the graphic designer will work within the club’s marketing department and be a key contributor to the club’s brand, including visual elements for Major League Soccer and United Soccer League franchises, as well as all other lines of business.

To succeed in this role, you are:

  • A Mac-based designer with an interest in sports/entertainment, and an appreciation for the aesthetic of the current ‘Caps brand
  • Able to effectively collaborate in a group setting, at times taking direction and at other times providing solutions/direction
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Able to work with limited supervision and under tight deadlines
  • CREATIVE, energetic and team-oriented

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop CS3 and up
  • Demonstrated experience (portfolio) ranging from bringing creative concepts to life visually, through to producing production-ready files for a variety of materials
  • Demonstrated understanding of branding, layout, colour theory and typography in both print and digital media
  • Has, or working towards obtaining, a Diploma or degree from a recognized design program
  • Flash animation and video editing abilities are an asset, though not required

Responsibilities:

  • Design print and digital elements for marketing, sales, sponsorship, event and soccer operations
  • Design updates and other graphic elements for all club websites
  • Assist in maintaining consistency and managing adherence to our visual brand standards, across the organization and with all our partners
  • Work with printing partners to ensure quality production of printed elements including reproduction quality, colour accuracy, etc.

Please submit your CV, a couple of examples of your best/most creative work (not your full portfolio) and cover letter indicating how you meet the above qualifications by Friday, November 25, 2016 to: Ellie Wright, HR Assistant

Ewright@whitecapsfc.com

Should you be selected for an interview, your portfolio of work will be requested.

 


 

Head of Video Analysis

Vancouver Whitecaps FC are looking for a Head of Video Analysis to join their team. The successful candidate will play an integral part of the pre-game, post-game and match day analysis processes and provide high quality support to the first team staff. Ideally possessing a coaching background, the Head of Video Analysis will work closely with the first team coaching staff and assistant analyst to develop an intimate understanding of the Whitecaps playing philosophy which will guide his/her analysis functions.

DUTIES:

Opposition Analysis

  • Present advanced scouting reports and video analysis breakdowns for each opponent to the first team coaching staff
  • Breakdown video evidence of opponent’s strengths, weaknesses, tactics, patterns and individual tendencies for the group and individual players to study

Match Analysis

  • Along with the technical staff develop key performance indicators and game specific goals for each match
  • Edit, annotate and present a detailed post-match debrief and analysis to the coaching staff, using video to objectively demonstrate the coaching points 
  • Provide a breakdown of individualized player clips and involvements to be used as coaching points as directed by the first team coaching staff

Video Library & Distribution

  • Manage the club’s video database to ensure all content is safely stored and cataloged so that it can be easily searched, accessed, and shared by all members of the technical staff
  • Be able to effectively and efficiently distribute video (raw, analyzed, annotated, etc..) to the coaching staff and players at home and on the road
  • Work with the club’s existing analysis department to provide overall mentorship and guidance on the club’s video analysis strategy

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Coaching license preferred (no minimum but preference given to higher level candidates)
  • Previous experience as a full time performance analyst in a professional club
  • Extensive knowledge of performance analysis software with the ability to learn a new system if required (i.e. SportsCode, SoccerLab, Prozone, Match Analysis) 
  • Experience editing video and with using video editing software on all computer platforms (i.e. Movie Magix, iMovie, Adobe)
  • Willingness to travel to away matches and to work evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Above average aptitude with new technologies and a high computer literacy
  • Experience leading a small team of individuals

Please submit your cover letter and CV by December 1, 2016 to Wendy Wait, Senior Manager HR at: wwait@whitecapsfc.com 

Your cover letter should state your salary expectations. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to present an analysis demonstration and/or showcase a portfolio of their work.     

 


 

Internship, Practicum or Co-op Placement –Soccer Development

Vancouver Whitecaps FC is seeking a highly organized, professional, self-starter to work within the Soccer Development Department.  The individual must be a Canadian post-secondary student who will receive credit towards their degree/diploma by participating in this unpaid work experience program. 

This position reports to the Manager Soccer Development and is responsible for coordinating, and implementing HPP Combine, Showcase, and adidas Cup logistics, execution and reporting. This position is also responsible for assisting and supporting department operations as required and requires full involvement prior to and during events outside of typical work hours.    

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Self-starter with excellent time management and communication skills
  • Takes initiative and able to work with limited supervision at times
  • Leadership experience in a team environment
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Willing to work flexible hours, occasionally including weekends
  • A valid driver’s license is an asset

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. High Performance Players (HPP) Combine
  • Coordinating and managing event
  • Coordinating the logistics for each Academy Centre travelling to the Combine
  • Coordinating between other internal departments
  • Serve as on-site liaison
  1. Showcase and adidas Cup
  • Assist in updates to website
  • Coordinating and managing event
  • Administrative or other tasks as required

Timeline: Full time (flexible hours; some weekends required)

Terms:  January through end April (3-4 or as per post-secondary requirements)

Please submit your cover letter and resume outlining how you meet our requirements via email to:: 

Wendy Wait, Senior Manager Human Resources,

c/o Ellie Wright, HR Assistant

ewright@whitecapsfc.com

 


 

Practicum / Internship Program 

January - April Terms

Vancouver Whitecaps FC believes in assisting post-secondary students achieve the requirements of practicum placement credits by gaining experience in their chosen fields.    Our program is designed to provide a student with “real life” work experience in an exciting and unique environment.

We are committed to providing students with valuable learning experiences and exposing them to new challenges while they carry out the learning objectives and skills they are studying. 

Our values - Winning, Unity, Honour – are a part of everything we do, and our student placements are quick to discover the depth of the commitment our employees have to ensure our brand is recognized as a leader in the community it serves.

Our placements are typically for a three to four month duration with other various terms available depending on the student and the program requirements they must meet.

We only accept applications for unpaid practicum placements (“internships”) from students studying at Canadian post-secondary programs, who qualify for credit in a Canadian post-secondary program, as per the “Employment Standards Act” of BC.

The following departments may have opportunities available at various times during the year:

  • Community Relations
  • Communications/Media
  • Event Operations
  • Video production
  •  Video and match analysis
  •  Soccer Development and Operations
  •  General Administration, Finance and HR
  • Complex Database Administration and Analysis
  • Marketing / Digital Media
  • Partnership Activation and Marketing
  • Graphic Design

In order to qualify for an unpaid practicum placement, applicants must have the support of the faculty at their institution, be receiving credit towards their diploma/degree for the placement, WCB coverage through their school, and be willing to work varied hours and at several different sites throughout the Lower Mainland. Experience in the discipline they wish to work is an asset. In addition to being sponsored by their institution, students must be legally entitled to work in Canada via a student visa/work permit.

Our priorities for our student placements:

  1. Ensuring the student is meeting their learning objectives.
  2. Being flexible to schedule their time around existing classes and paid employment they may have.
  3. Enabling the student to immerse themselves into the Whitecaps culture while realizing the realities of working in a busy, exceptionally fast paced environment.

We are fortunate to have had amazing young students provide fresh perspective on our current issues, and as well fit into our culture of “Our All Our Honour”.  Students are always included in our staff social functions, operate as a full team member, and have the respect and admiration of everyone who works behind the scenes for both our professional and amateur teams.

Students gain perspective of what it is like behind “the brand”.  Some decide they absolutely love the atmosphere, the long hours that staff put in, the teamwork and the craziness involved in putting on major events each week!  Some decide that while it’s fascinating, the behind the scenes support is just not for them.  That is the advantage of obtaining a practicum placement -- try it out before you commit to a profession and brand that is not a job, but a lifestyle.

Students will learn basic office policies and procedures.  They will learn the expectations of excellence in customer service.  They will learn there are no extensions on deadlines.  They will learn what it takes to run a business where success is measured with statistics as well as public perception. 

Each Department has individualized duties and responsibilities set aside for practicum students – that include everything from the basics (assisting with stuffing envelopes, handling routine email/social media requests, helping set up for meetings) to more advanced discipline-specific duties (writing articles and ads, selling/marketing tickets, statistical analysis, technical operations) and everything and anything in between. 

Testimonial from a former co-op student, Christopher:

“As both a communication major at university and a soccer fan, working at Vancouver Whitecaps FC has been one of the highlights of my professional and academic career.  I greatly value the mentorship provided by my superiors and enjoy the camaraderie I've received from the entire staff. As someone who is ambitious, driven and willing to take on responsibility there has been an abundant amount of opportunities to develop my portfolio through challenges both exciting and relevant to my career path. The entire communications team here at Whitecaps FC are very passionate about their work and have been extremely receptive to my ideas, pitches and suggestions. I highly recommend taking on a Co-op position with Whitecaps FC to anyone as fortunate enough to be given the opportunity as I was.”

For further information, or to apply:

Send your CV and cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements for practicum / co-op placement to:

Wendy Wait, Senior Manager, HR

wwait@whitecapsfc.com

Please include the term (dates) that you are available for this work experience and Include what area of our organization most interests you.