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.
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, including having received a booster when eligible. The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.
This position is part of the NBA Social & Digital Content team which focuses on identifying, creating, distributing and publishing content to the NBA's digital platforms, with focus on constantly improving the creativity and user experience within the NBA App! As the demand for content on the NBA's social platforms continues to grow, this is your opportunity to grow with us in a fast-paced, innovative and collaborative environment, reaching over 100M fans around the world.
The ideal candidate for this role is a content design expert and a digital content strategist who understands the landscape and how to optimize content for each platform. They are capable of concepting innovative projects, while maintaining daily creative requirements, and always advancing the NBA’s social and digital brand. In addition, you have a proven record of teamwork and will effectively operationalize creative strategies as guided by the Head of Creative Design. With excellent project management skills, the ideal candidate is able to optimize content across platforms based on standard processes, understanding design guidelines, corporate priorities, and lastly, content performance metrics.
Lastly, you are ready to work in a fast-paced environment, with a basketball-obsessed team and want to make an impact immediately. The ideal candidate has their finger on the pulse of the NBA and spends their free time immersing themselves in podcasts, message boards and consuming short and long form content about the NBA.
Support design strategy set by the Head of Creative Design, with focus on content published on the NBA App and NBA.com, including:
Detailed understanding of the creative style for the NBA to build a cohesive experience across platforms, as well as crafting guidelines to optimize content for a range of formats and modules across NBA digital properties
Manage digital creative budget effectively and maintain accurate tracking of a range of real-time digital graphics projects with aggressive delivery timelines
Ideating, creating briefs, requesting content from designers, establishing timelines and putting graphics content for digital products through accurate QA process
Continuously testing and optimizing content for performance improvements
Working with internal team members to develop content for NBA priorities and partner obligations
Project run a range of design requests simultaneously through completion
Support creative content team assignments, which includes:
Working with remote designers around the world, as well as in-house designers
Supporting workflows for the full team which includes developing rate cards with Head of Creative Design and setting up invoicing and payment processes
Support management of administrative requirements at the direction of Head of Creative Design
Support evolution of content design strategy, which includes:
Creating new content types and franchises that incorporate video, animations and static graphics to promote the NBA teams, players and storylines
Collaborating with content publishers to develop graphics content passionate about storytelling on the NBA’s players and the game
Taking feedback from senior leaders across the NBA team regarding graphics content
4+ years of demonstrated strong design skills, basic front-end development skills and solid news judgment
Candidates should be able to edit video and should be proficient with Adobe Creative Suite (Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop)
Photo editing skills are required
Candidates should have strong organizational skills
This person will work across groups to plan and implement promotional images for NBA products seven days a week across several time zones
Experience with product design and production would be an advantage, but is not required
Experience collaborating closely with product managers and engineers
Comfortable working with remote teammates
Prior experience working on digital products, including mobile apps, websites & connected devices Must have knowledge of the game of basketball - past and present
Knowledge of sports media landscape is a plus
Previous experience working within content management systems
WordPress experience is preferred
Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
Willingness to work a flexible schedule as this position may include working days, nights, weekends and holidays based on the NBA calendar
Must be a team player who can work collaboratively
Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Digital Media or related field preferred
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