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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, NBA.com, 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.

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.

Position Summary:

At the NBA, we're passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball. Through the intensity of the game and the unrivalled 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 variety of responsibilities that drive the NBA's success. Off the court, we're also deeply committed to social responsibility. NBA Cares leads the league's involvement in addressing meaningful social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for overall governance, delivery, and value realization for multiple strategic initiatives across the department.

  • Ensure projects within the program are aligned to business objectives, prioritized, properly staffed, and resourced to ensure delivery of expected business outcomes.

  • Develop program management procedures to monitor, track, measure, and report projects ensuring initiatives align with and meet strategic and financial objectives.

  • Work with customers, vendors, and program teams to define project plans, schedules, scope, and manage cross-team/dept. dependencies.

  • Establish escalation procedures, track and manage program risks and help remove blockers from teams to resolve issues.

  • Develop communication plans and reporting procedures in support of actively informing stakeholders of project activities, status, and key decisions managing stakeholder expectations.

  • Build strong relationships with stakeholders, customers, partners, and team members establishing trust and respect and create high performing teams.

  • Foster a culture of transparency and inclusion providing visibility into the progress and status of initiatives within the program.

  • Ensure agile methods are applied in a flexible/hybrid manner that includes traditional project management practices.

  • Facilitate getting the work done practicing servant leadership and encouraging collaboration, experimentation, decision making, and conflict resolution.

  • Drive business transformation activities in support of evolving work processes to further staff development and operational efficiencies across the program.

  • Embrace the agile mindset, advocate and champion Agile Ways of Working promoting agile and lean principles through doing, teaching, and coaching.

  • Collaborate with the PMO team on continuous improvement initiatives including work intake, demand and capacity management, ways of working, program governance, and tooling.

  • Provide creative solutions to change management challenges like resistance, people and staffing constraints, and competing priorities.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • 8+ years of experience as a program/project manager managing multiple teams simultaneously.

  • PMP, PMI-ACP, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or similar certification preferred.

  • Experience with agile frameworks including scrum, Kanban, SAFe and understanding what's fit for purpose.

  • Hands-on experience with tools such as JIRA and Confluence; Jira administration is a plus.

  • Detail oriented with the ability to thrive in fast paced, ambiguous environments where priorities are constantly evolving as the business grows and adapts globally.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously, without losing sight of the highest priority items.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and outstanding emotional intelligence.

  • Ability to influence and empower people across a broad variety of job functions through your relationships

  • A passion for mentoring and growing the potential of others.

  • Excellent team player - should be ready to go above and beyond to help the team and will not shy away from asking for help if needed.

Education:

  • BS/BA or greater or equivalent on-the-job experience

Salary:

$160,000 to $170,000 per year

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