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Chief Medical Officer

ROLE:  Chief Medical Officer

DEPARTMENTS:  Sports Medicine and Research

MANAGER:  Chief Player Engagement Officer                                                    

DIRECT REPORTS: 4

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Set strategic direction and oversight of the Player Health department, which includes building internal and external relationships
  • Develop, implement and review NBPA policies and procedures to align with the best available evidence and current standards of medical practice
  • Lead all organizational sports medicine programming and initiatives including policy development, research, educational opportunities, and public outreach
  • Provide direct care to athletes as needed, as a licensed medical professional
  • Oversee the updating, maintenance, and appropriate use of the electronic medical record
  • Maintain state-of-the-art performance facilities through the identification of, and justification for acquisition of appropriate clinical equipment and supplies
  • Capture player medical data for analysis and continuous improvement
  • Work with sports-specific National Governing Bodies, technology partners and internal departments to foster the sustained health and wellness of players through excellence in evidence-based technological, medical and recovery support services
  • Collaborate with other departments to develop messaging, strategically engage, and respond to player issues
  • Engage with external leaders and stakeholders to develop relationships that elevate the NBPA’s brand and strategic goals

Qualifications

  • Physician (MD or DO) with board certification in a primary specialty (e.g., orthopedics, family practice, emergency medicine and rehabilitation)
  • Experienced and respected clinician with national/international reputation for excellence
  • 15-20 years of clinical experience in medical practice
  • Demonstrated experience with professional sports organizations and athletes
  • Administrative & financial experience, including the development and management of strategic plans and budgets
  • Travel > 50%


Application:

Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@nbpa.com. Please indicate "Chief Medical Officer" 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.

Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.

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.

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

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

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.



Receptionist

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 the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities. 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: Receptionist

DESCRIPTION: The Receptionist greets and checks in guests at the front desk and ensures that all telephone calls are properly routed in a timely fashion.

LOCATION: New York, New York

DEPARTMENT: Operations

MANAGERS:  Director of Operations

DIRECT REPORTS:  None

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Answer the main telephone line, screen, and direct calls

Greet and receive all NBPA business guests and visitors

Input guests into Kastle security system

Process and distribute mail and packages

Screen guests using Jotform platform to ensure Covid compliance

Maintain the reception and lobby area to ensure Covid compliance

Assist all business guests with check-in and print visitor badges

Check the NBPA voicemail and forward messages, as needed

Maintain job-related certifications (e.g., certificate of fitness for indoor place of assembly safety personnel)

Monitor the NBPA security cameras and escalate emergent issues to the Director of Security

Serve as a steward of the office culture

Perform other duties, as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or equivalent

Excellent verbal communication skills.

Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills

Basic understanding of administrative and clerical procedures and systems

Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk.

Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

APPLICATION:  Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@nbpa.com.  Please indicate "Receptionist" 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.

President, THINK450

POSITION:  President, THINK450

ABOUT THE NBPA

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 the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities. 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.

ABOUT THINK450

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. For more information, visit THINK450.com.


ROLE: The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer of THINK450 - the revenue generating arm of the National Basketball Players Association  -  and is generally tasked with maintaining and developing the brand of the NBPA, maximizing the commercialization of its IP and managing relationships with its sponsors through group licensing.

LOCATION:  New York, New York

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP:  The President of T450 reports directly to the THINK450 Board of Directors, to include the Chairman of the Board, and the ED of the NBPA.


RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:  

Lead the development of the company’s long and short-term group licensing, branding, marketing and business development strategies

Create vision, strategic priorities, and values that align with the goals and visions set by Think450

Collaborate with other departments in the union to increase value for the players

Create a strategic plan for sustainable revenue growth amongst stakeholders

Engage, communicate and collaborate with multiple audiences throughout the organization (Internal, Players, Business, Brands. etc)

Develop relationships with current sponsors and potential sponsors

Create and develop sponsorship packages

Create and Develop marketing campaigns, and digital marketing strategy for special events

Negotiate terms of licensing contracts

Lead initiatives to increase players’ position in licensing

Develop and implement community outreach strategy to increase goodwill with the public

Represent Think450 at functions, public meetings, and industry events

Oversee the preparation of Think450’s annual budget and the risk and return framework for investments

Govern the organization in line with the goals and visions set by the THINK450 Board of Directors


BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES:

Develop a strategic plan that is in line with the goals and vision set by the Think450 Board of Directors

Collaborate with Board members to achieve board/organizational goals and objectives

Ensure that you remain aligned with the board

Facilitate Communications among board members

Be proactive


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Master’s Degree, required

Minimum of 15 years of executive leadership experience including a minimum of 8 years experience working in sports and entertainment, consumer products, marketing, and business development

Community involvement and corporate governance experience

Excellent understanding of management, operations, and client management

Excellent understanding of the legal implications of marketing

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Excellent networking, business development, and contract negotiation skills

Demonstrated and proven ability to plan events

Has leadership/managing experience and has lead cross functional teams

Budget management skills experience

Excellent finance and investment skills

Required Travel- 50%


APPLICATION:  Please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to hr@nbpa.com.  Please indicate "President, THINK450" in the subject line of your email.  No telephone 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.

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.