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Strategic Initiatives Lead

REQ ID:  5909

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 Strategic Initiatives Lead role within the Global Strategy & Innovation group's Strategic Initiatives & Operations function, is a position responsible for leading the implementation of a broad range of high-priority business initiatives across the NBA, WNBA, G League, NBA 2K League, and BAL. These include leading the development of strategies to support executable growth opportunities or business operations critical to the NBA's global success. This individual will work across domestic and international markets and with business leaders to execute these strategies.


Major Responsibility:

  • Lead cross-functional projects focused on high-priority areas and long-term growth
  • Partner with business unit leaders to execute top strategic projects
  • Collaborate with diverse project teams and exhibit best-practice project management skills
  • Provide thought leadership and analytical rigor on a range of business initiatives
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to a broad range of senior internal and external constituents


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 5+ years of professional experience, preferably at a strategy consulting firm, investment bank or corporate strategy in media/entertainment
  • Strong leadership and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills and a solution-oriented approach
  • Ability to communicate with senior executives both inside and outside the organization
  • Experience working and multi-tasking in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Proactive, self-starter who can work independently within set objectives
  • Knowledge of Sports, Entertainment, Media and Technology industries preferred
  • Strong quantitative and financial modeling skills
  • Ability to spot issues and manage risk



BA/BS degree or relevant experience preferred

MBA or other advanced degree preferred


The NBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace.  To safeguard our employees and their families, our visitors and the broader community from COVID-19, and in consideration of recommendations from health authorities and the NBA’s own advisors, any individual working onsite in our New York and New Jersey offices must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.


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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