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This position is responsible for overseeing, developing, and implementing youth safety and protection initiatives across the NBA's global and vast portfolio, including all youth programming and events across all NBA and Affiliate leagues.
Oversee and guide the NBA’s Youth Safety initiatives, which include, but are not limited to, the continued development of a youth safety compliance program, ongoing youth protection policy development, and youth safety trainings
Create and maintain an in-depth, comprehensive youth protection training program focusing on various key aspects of youth safety
Work directly with all internal groups involved with youth programming to coordinate and facilitate youth safety needs in all global youth programs and events
Maintain an expertise in “Best Practices” for resource development and safety training in youth programming and implement across NBA youth programming
With the Youth Safety team, run an internal Youth Safety Committee, partnering with internal stakeholders, including Legal, Risk Management, Medical, Basketball Operations, Security, Events, and others
Leverage existing league relationships with third-party expert organizations to develop safety resources unique and specific to NBA youth programming
Manage relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
In collaboration with internal stakeholders, conduct regular auditing of youth programs to problem solve and identify areas of success and opportunity
Manage communications and materials regarding the league’s youth protection initiatives
Strategically engage third-party experts and other major sports leagues and stakeholders to maintain best practices
Previous industry experience leading Youth Safety sports compliance and/or training and development
Background in youth-specific matters relating to physical safety and wellbeing
Strong understanding, relatability, and familiarity with the NBA on-court product
Consultative mindset with a focus on process enhancements and augmentation
Excellent teaming, management, and leadership skills
Proven ability to work independently and efficiently while traveling
Exceptional attention to detail skills, especially related to business writing
Strong communication skills in delivering performance management messaging
Ability to interact well within and across multiple levels of the organization
Public speaking and presentation experience
A minimum of 10 years of experience leading youth protection initiatives in a sports and/or youth-centric environment
Strong presentation, public speaking, and people manager skills
Bachelor's Degree required
Graduate Degree Preferred
We Consider Applicants For All Positions On The Basis Of Merit, Qualifications And Business Needs, And Without Regard To Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Sex, Gender Identity, Age, Disability, Alienage Or Citizenship Status, Ancestry, Marital Status, Creed, Genetic Predisposition Or Carrier Status, Sexual Orientation, 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.