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Head of Programs & Partnerships

REQ ID:  6458

New York, New York, US, 10022

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Position Summary:

We are seeking a senior public policy professional, advocacy expert, and people manager to serve as Head of Programs & Partnerships at the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition. As the lead team member reporting to the Coalition's Executive Director, the Head of Programs & Partnerships will help develop and execute all elements of the Coalition's advocacy mission. The Head of Programs & Partnerships will work closely with the Executive Director to:


  1. Identify and prioritize legislative and advocacy goals on a range of racial and social justice issues at the federal, state, and local level
  2. Build and manage public-facing initiatives on behalf of the Coalition to raise awareness with key stakeholders and communities, promote policy positions, and advance legislation that reflects NBA community values
  3. Develop and maintain key institutional partnerships across sectors, including in government, non-profit advocacy, sports and entertainment, and the private sector
  4. Develop and maintain strong relationships with all 30 NBA teams across the league


The Head of Programs & Partnerships will also collaborate closely with the Coalition's Board of Directors, the NBA Social Responsibility and Player Programs (SRPP) team, the NBA Communications team, and various other departments across the NBA.


Major Responsibilities:

The Head of Programs & Partnerships will work with the Executive Director to build and manage the growing advocacy program of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition.

Responsibilities are in 4 categories:



  • Work to build Coalition social justice advocacy agenda (federal, state, local).
  • Create, develop, and manage plans, documents, and materials for Coalition campaigns and initiatives.
  • Help lead Coalition social justice education, policy advocacy, and legislative lobbying with key government, public sector, and civil society stakeholders.


Programs & Operations:

  • Oversee execution of all policy and programmatic work that serves Coalition advocacy mission.
  • Build and maintain Coalition knowledge base on social justice policy, including leading and facilitating expert briefings; commissioning research and opinion polling, and maintaining institutional line of sight on emerging policy developments in Coalition issue areas.
  • Manage Coalition policy development work and oversee related consultant engagements.
  • Manage development and dissemination of Coalition policy materials (fact sheets, position papers, communications collateral) for internal and external audiences.



  • Develop and manage relationships with external individuals, organizations, and institutions supporting Coalition's advocacy impact.
  • Develop and manage relationships with all 30 NBA teams (incl. social responsibility staff, basketball operations, front offices) to support their local social impact agendas.
  • Facilitate Coalition participation in industry working groups, partnerships, and stakeholder collectives.



  • Supervise and develop Coalition staff; manage a diversity of consultants and partners.
  • Develop and maintain annual advocacy targets aligned with Coalition's larger annual objectives and key results (OKRs) and rigorously track program and team performance.


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 12+ years experience in advocacy, government, or a relevant public policy field required.
  • 5+ years experience as a people manager, with a commitment to investing in and growing team members.
  • Well-developed executive management skills with a track record of organizational leadership.
  • Proven problem-solver with the ability to manage complex, multilateral projects from inception to execution.
  • A creative and optimistic approach to advocacy with a forward-looking perspective on challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to build teams, foster collaborative relationships, and forge partnerships with both individuals and institutions.
  • Professional commitment to racial and social justice as demonstrated through previous work experience.



  • Bachelor's degree required; relevant advanced degree (law, master's, or doctorate) preferred. Experience in 501(c)(3) advocacy, 501(c)(4) lobbying, or private sector social responsibility work preferred.


We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, Veteran Status, Familial Status, Status As A Victim Of Domestic Violence Or Any Other Status Or Characteristic Protected By Applicable Federal, State, Or Local Law.

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

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