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Team Data Strategic Lead

REQ ID:  9238

New York, New York, US, 10022

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.


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 worldwide. observance 


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:
This position is part of the Global Strategy & Innovation (GSI) group, leading efforts to deliver data-driven insights to stakeholders and empower decisions around the NBA's engaged fanbase. The Team Data Strategic Lead will be tasked with creating an end-to-end data experience for team and league users to leverage across specific business use cases. Ensuring its success will require regular interfacing with strategic, legal, technical, and other experts to align across common goals and standards - this role will work closely with project managers and analysts to ensure the ingestion of fan data and enrichment of records with key sources. In addition, the Strategic Lead will create a roadmap for additional non-fan data sources that can provide answers to a variety of business questions closer to real-time.


Major Responsibility:

  • Lead strategic management of the NBA Leaguewide Data Initiative, which will support data sharing between teams and the league
  • Work with product managers, data scientists, data analysts, BI developers, and data engineers to align strategic initiatives with relevant tasks
  • Work with the Business Solutions team to develop comprehensive reporting around Platform outputs
  • Work with Team Analytics Leads to understand use cases and refine data delivery
  • Manage project management software and PM-software integrations for growing analytics team
  • Serve as the internal and external-facing champion for the Leaguewide Data Initiative, providing ongoing status updates in the form of written communication as well as presentations and other verbal communication to league and team executives


Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 7+ years of experience in consulting or stakeholder-driven roles, including multiple years of managing a team
  • Foundational understanding of business needs and operational requirements facing the organization
  • Excellent critical thinking with creative solutions to overcome challenges and meet business requirements
  • Strong collaborator who can work effectively within a matrixed organization to influence and drive results
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with the ability to translate complex concepts into simple and intuitive communications
  • Understanding of and experience with data infrastructure, especially the setups and vendors most commonly used in sports, preferred but not required



  • Bachelor's or advanced degree in business or quantitative field


Salary Range: 

  • $150,000 to $175,000 per year

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The NBA considers applicants for all positions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs, and without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, 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.


About the NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a global sports and media organization with the mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball.  Built around five professional sports leagues:  the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2021-22 season featured a record 121 international players from 40 countries.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.


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

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