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Associate Counsel - Compliance

REQ ID:  5810

New York, New York, US, 10022

At the NBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

As a global sports and media business, the NBA is so much more. While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of NBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the NBA’s success.


Position Summary: 
The NBA is looking for an Associate Counsel to join its Global Compliance team.  Reporting to the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, you will have the unique opportunity to work with all aspects of the NBA’s business and its affiliated leagues and to play a critical role in overseeing the complex and evolving needs of the NBA’s compliance function.  


Major Responsibility: 

  • Draft and revise (with oversight) compliance policies including the NBA Code of Conduct, employee communications, and training modules.  Develop and execute strategy for innovating compliance training initiatives.
  • Deliver employee compliance onboarding and other in-person trainings.  
  • Provide general compliance assistance to all internal clients, including advising on best practices and complex compliance issues, particularly in the areas of anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions, conflicts-of-interest, and business conduct.
  • Maintain records of trainings, policy distribution, and compliance advice provided to internal clients.
  • Play a critical role in the operation NBA’s global third-party due diligence program.
  • Coordinate with and support regional business lawyers on third-party due diligence review and enforcement of other compliance policies such as those governing gifts and entertainment, outside employment, and conflicts.
  • Support business lawyers with drafting and analyzing compliance-related contractual provisions and with assessing contractual risk.
  • Partner with the IT Department to build and support compliance-related technology products and workflows.
  • Assist with internal investigations of alleged employee violations of the Code of Conduct and other compliance policies.  
  • Oversee compliance hotline administration.


Required Skills/Knowledge: 

  • Lawyer should be at least 5 to 8 years out of law school, with a minimum of 1 year of relevant corporate compliance experience.
  • Exposure to compliance required; in-house compliance experience preferred.
  • Strong drafting, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to make timely and targeted recommendations.
  • Ability to balance and prioritize projects and engage with multiple stakeholders in a challenging and fast-paced environment.
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics and integrity.


Juris Doctor


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Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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