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Accounts Payable Associate

ABOUT THE NBPA

The National Basketball Players Association is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to protect and support the rights and talents of our players, magnify the power of their collective will, and amplify their voices as leaders who will transcend sport and society globally.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including by, among other things, negotiating the collective bargaining agreement, administering benefit programs and grievances on their behalf, enhancing their NBA experience, and helping prepare them for life after the NBA. Business opportunities are generated by THINK450, the for-profit subsidiary of the NBPA charged with managing the players’ group licensing rights. For more information, visit NBPA.com.

ROLE: Accounts Payable Associate

DESCRIPTION: NBPA seeks experienced, detailed-oriented, self-motivated candidates for the position of Accounts Payable Associate.  Working with professionals throughout the organization this position is both analytical and collaborative. Excellent communication skills and the ability to build rapport quickly is vital to be successful in this role. The position is based in New York, NY and requires minimal to no travel. No relocation package will be offered.

LOCATION: New York, New York

DEPARTMENT: Finance

MANAGERS:  Accounting Manager

DIRECT REPORTS:  None

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Perform day to day financial transactions, including verifying, classifying, computing, posting and recording accounts payable data in compliance with financial policies and procedures.

Review invoices from vendors for accuracy regarding amount, invoice number, entity, departments, projects and expense, etc. including data entry as required.

Responsible for maintaining vendor database and onboarding new vendors including TIN verifications

Prepare check, wire and ACH payment batches on a weekly basis or as needed to ensure timely payments of company expenses

Lead implementation of new Accounts Payable software

Research and request stop payments, issue check replacements

Liaise with vendors to verify discrepancies and resolve billing and/or payment issues

Maintain and utilize accounts payable information systems

Reconcile the accounts payable ledger to ensure that all payments are accounted for and posted properly

Prepare monthly accounts payable accruals for assistant controller review and recording

Maintain files and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with company policy and accepted accounting practices

Prepare the annual 1099 and 1042 filings for multiple entities

Periodic review of accounts payable platforms for necessary changes and to drive process improvements, including best practices regarding account categories, coding, etc.

Prepare bank transactions for upload into accounting platform

Prepare bank reconciliations as assigned

Reconcile corporate cardholder accounts

Point of contact for employees with questions, issues about expense reporting and policies

Special projects and other areas, as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

Solid understanding of bookkeeping and accounting best practices

3+ years of accounts payable experience

High degree of accuracy and attention to detail

Strong computer skills; Microsoft Office Excel proficiency

Ability to take initiative and operate independently, meeting required deadlines

Experience leading annual 1099 and 1042 filings

Experience maintaining accounts payable systems

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proficiency with the following software: Sage Intacct, Tipalti, Avidxchange, and Concur


APPLICATION:  Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@nbpa.com.  Please indicate "ACCOUNTS PAYABLE ASSOCIATE" in the subject line of your email.  No telephone inquiries please.  The NBPA will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description and will continue to review resumes until the position is filled.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  The NBPA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid leave, medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a 401(k) plan with matching employer contributions. Proof of vaccination and booster, if eligible will be required.

The NBPA is an equal employment opportunity employer.  The NBPA will consider all qualified applicants with no regard to the applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, weight, disability, or any other status protected by New York or Federal anti-discrimination law.

THINK450 Associate Counsel

POSITION:  THINK450 Associate Counsel 

ABOUT THE NBPA & THINK450

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to protect and support the rights and talents of our players, magnify the power of their collective will, and amplify their voices as leaders who will transcend sport and society globally.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including by, among other things, negotiating the collective bargaining agreement, administering benefit programs and grievances on their behalf, enhancing their NBA experience, and helping prepare them for life after the NBA. Business opportunities are generated by THINK450, the for-profit subsidiary of the NBPA charged with managing the players’ group licensing rights. For more information, visit THINK450.com.

THINK450 is the innovation and partnership engine of the NBPA, dedicated to uncovering shared interests between the 450 players and leading brands to build more engaging partnerships. Together with its partners, THINK450 creates original ideas that engage fans, stir them to action, and earn brands the right to participate in cultural conversations.

ROLE: The position will include drafting and negotiating agreements relating to trademark licensing, events, brand partnerships, and advisory work in the area of corporate governance.

LOCATION:  New York, New York

DEPARTMENT:  Legal

MANAGER: Chief Legal Officer

SALARY: $180,000 - $190,000 a year

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:  

  • Prepare, review, advise on and/or negotiate a wide range of agreements, such as player highlight agreements, product licensing agreements,  aspects of the NBA/NBPA collective bargaining agreement, legal compliance, intellectual property/image rights and other general corporate agreements.

  • Help to manage the intellectual property portfolio, including trademark registrations, IP infringement and enforcement matters.

  • Participate in negotiation sessions with partners.

  • Provide ongoing legal analysis and advice to internal clients in connection with THINK450 business partners.

  • Perform special projects and other assignments as requested by THINK450 senior management.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from a top-tier law school.  Candidates must be a member of the New York Bar. 

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience at a top law firm or similar in-house experience

  • Experience in IP licensing, corporate governance, IP portfolio management, digital media, technology, cryptocurrency and NFTs, sponsorship and/or business affairs.  

  • Demonstrated ability to develop practical, business-minded solutions that support business strategy and key initiatives

  • First-rate writing and oral presentation skills.

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time and in a dynamic, growth-oriented environment.

APPLICATION: Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@nbpa.com.  Please indicate “Associate Counsel” in the subject line of your email.  No telephone or LinkedIn inquiries please.  THINK450 will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description and will continue to review resumes until the position is filled. 

Salary will be commensurate with experience. THINK450 offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid leave, medical, dental, and vision insurance and a 401(k) plan with matching employer contributions. Proof of vaccination and booster, if eligible, will be required.

THINK450 is an equal employment opportunity employer.  THINK450 will consider all qualified applicants with no regard to the applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, weight, disability, or any other status protected by New York or Federal anti-discrimination law.



Executive Director, Basketball Players Union

The Basketball Player Union (BPU) is the union for current professional basketball players in the NBA Development League (G-League). Established in 2020, the BPU’s mission is to ensure that the rights of G League players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court. Whether it is negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, prosecuting a grievance on a player’s behalf or counseling a player on benefits, the BPU advocates for the best interest of all G League players.


Position: Executive Director


Role: The Executive Director, BPU directs all affairs of the BPU on a day-to-day basis under the guidance of the Executive Committee and Player Representatives, including the staff, outside counsel, experts and consultants

Location: New York, New York

Department: BPU

Manager: Executive Committee

Direct Reports: Director, Basketball Operations


Responsibilities and Duties

Directing all affairs of the BPU on a day-to-day basis under the guidance of the Executive Committee and Player Representatives, including the staff, outside counsel, experts and consultants

Work in partnership with the Executive Committee and Player Representatives to develop and execute organizational goals; policies and procedures; and build potential partnerships

Prepare an annual budget to be presented to the Executive Committee and Player Representatives for approval at its annual meeting.

Conduct collective bargaining negotiations between the BPU and the G league and represent the BPU at any other meetings with the G-League that regarding employment related issues.

Develop new commercial opportunities for the financial growth of the BPU

Lead the creation and implementation of an agent regulation program


Qualifications

Minimum 5 years of professional sports experience

History of professional success and accountability

Management experience with the ability to assess and grow an organization

Strong negotiation and communication skills (including a demonstrated ability to communicate with the media and other outside stakeholders)

Ability to lead and create long term strategic plans

Demonstrated commitment to high moral, ethical and fiduciary standards

Advanced Degree in law, business, or sports management/administration, or a related field desirable

Commitment to and an understanding of the cultural background of the members of the BPU

 

APPLICATION:  Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@nbpa.com.  Please indicate "BPU Executive Director" in the subject line of your email.  No telephone inquiries please.  The NBPA will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description and will continue to review resumes until the position is filled.