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Since the repeal of the 1992 Professional and Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018 over two dozen US states have legalized sports-betting and most US states are expected to legalize within the next 5 years. The NFL’s changing stance and growing partnerships with the sports betting industry creates new and exciting opportunities but also potentially creates increased threats and vulnerabilities. The NFL Security Department (NFLSD) is seeking an agile and adaptable leader to develop and manage the department’s initiatives on sports-betting and gaming integrity, the Game Integrity, Intelligence, and Investigations Director. The Director will serve as NFLSD’s subject matter expert on all matters related to sports betting and general integrity of the game.

Responsibilities

  • The Director will serve as a department lead for all matters regarding sports-betting and game integrity, operating within the NFLSD constructs for intelligence as determined by the NFL Vice-President of Security for Digital Forensics and Game Integrity (DF&GI) and the Chief Security Officer (CSO).

  • Conduct investigations for all alleged violations NFL policies, contracts, or agreements pertaining to sports-betting and game integrity under the authorities of the NFL Chief Security Officer or General Counsel.

  • Represent NFLSD interests and concerns at appropriate internal and external meetings and events.

  • Develop and manage proactive NFLSD programs and institute proactive measures to mitigate risks from the evolving US sports-betting market.

  • Lead NFLSD initiatives and supervise the day-to-day operation, personnel, and contractors focused on game integrity endeavors

More specifically, the primary responsibilities include the following

  • Anticipating internal and external threats, identifying indicators and warnings of potential issues, and assessing vulnerabilities to the integrity of the game from sports-betting and other vectors.

  • Work with NFL Security staff to conduct game integrity-focused intelligence planning and direction, collection, processing and exploitation, analysis, and dissemination.

  • Managing intelligence and collection management efforts between internal and external integrity monitoring programs and services.

  • Develop and manage analytic products and reports, conduct informal and formal briefings, and develop other analytic production for executive decision-makers.

  • Review information from open/public sources, official sources, and professional contacts, and conduct timely, accurate, analysis and assessments of potential issues.

  • Decipher gambling odds, line movements, and all aspects of sports wagering, identifying irregularities in sports wagering activity.

  • Maintaining general knowledge of state laws related to sports betting, legal status of sports betting in US States, major companies in the US sports-betting markets, significant US-based sports betting case-law, emerging technology and innovation surrounding sports betting, and international trends related to sports-betting and related criminal activity.

  • Identify risks and vulnerabilities around NFL special events and develop mitigation and collection plans for inclusion in NFLSD Operations Plans and/or event analyses, respectively.

  • Conducting or participating in internal investigations of alleged sports-betting, game integrity, or fair competition violations in accordance with NFL policies.

  • Coordinating NFL assistance to law enforcement or gaming regulatory agencies for criminal matters or state violations related to sports-betting or similar integrity matters.

  • Notifying and updating NFLSD leadership of sports-betting and game integrity-related internal and external investigations.

  • Reviewing open NFLSD cases, risk mitigation reviews, and background checks for indicators of integrity concerns or sports-betting activity in collaboration with other NFLSD directors and the NFLSD Global Security Operations Center (GSOC).

  • Developing a diverse internal and external network of contacts for information sharing, industry knowledge gathering, best practices exchange, and messaging the NFL programs purposes.

  • Liaise with law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies, operators, other sports leagues, and other relevant parties regarding sports-betting and game integrity issues.

  • Working closely with other NFL departments, to include Information Technology, Football Operations, Legal, Finance, International, Management Council, NFL Films, NFL Network, and others to learn of upcoming initiatives and to assess any potential vulnerabilities.

  • Representing NFLSD interests and concerns on NFL working groups focused on sports betting or game integrity.

  • The GI3D will leverage historical data, investigative results, liaison efforts, and predictive analytics to develop “first of its kind” programs that are proactive in nature and able to prevent or rapidly react to threats.

  • Developing mechanisms that protect sensitive and proprietary information, establish proper dissemination channels, and ensures information is conveyed to appropriate parties.

  • Continually developing and executing new initiatives to simplify, standardize and optimize threat monitoring operations methods and tools to reduce the threat to game integrity.

  • Identifying benchmarks and due dates for strategic program development and managing execution.

  • Developing operational plans and programs within NFLSD existing or expanding structures.

  • Administration issues, training, work assignments, and other tasks for Integrity Representatives and other personnel assigned to NFLSD integrity operations.

Other responsibilities may include the following

  • Advance security programs in support of the League and Clubs teams through government liaison with the federal law enforcement community, including FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, State Department Diplomatic Service, and joint terrorism task forces.

  • Conduct/assist in other sensitive investigations as needed.

  • Assist, develop, and conduct training related to NFL policies.

  • Perform related duties as required.

Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum education and experience is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and over 10 years’ experience in one of the following: intelligence, law enforcement, compliance, the gaming industry, the sports industry, or a relevant similar field.

  • Preferred education and experience is a Master’s degree from an accredited university and over 10 years’ combined experience in more than one of the following: intelligence, law enforcement, compliance, the gaming industry, the sports industry, or a relevant similar field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate extensive career experience and knowledge in multiple areas of concentration including: intelligence collections and analysis tradecraft, data analytics, financial analysis, human psychology and extreme behaviors, task force environments, law enforcement and private sector interactions, interviewing and investigations, working with sensitive information, and briefings

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate abilities to learn and analyze complex problem sets, identify risk and/or investigate violations, and recommend or implement risk mitigation actions.

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate ability to lead through rapidly evolving and dynamic changes as the sports betting industry and NFLSD act and react to new developments.

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate good working knowledge and understanding of sports gambling as it relates to domestic and international sports betting operators.

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate experience successfully developing new programs within existing structures to address previously unidentified risks.

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate ability to concurrently work independently and as a bigger part of a collaborative effort.

  • Qualified candidates will demonstrate technical knowledge and demonstration of the core fundamentals of latest innovations in monitoring, analytical, and reporting technologies

  • Highest qualified candidates will also demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience with various social media platforms, OSINT, and related software.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also demonstrate strong Internet search capabilities with expertise in analytical tools.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess working knowledge of sports wagering statistics, odds, and verbiage.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also demonstrate a proven track record as a strong communicator – written and oral presentations, capable of rapidly creating detailed written reports.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess previous experience conducting network development, or other primary liaison work.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess experience drafting standard operating procedures and other foundational documents.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess experience administering a budget.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess managing teams of personnel from remote locations and teams of personnel consisting primarily of contractors.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess complex investigative experience including: money laundering, transnational organized crime, sports gambling, or related crime.

  • Highest qualified candidates will also possess a good understanding of mobile devices, computers and related applications and websites. Also, Internet routing, DNS, and IP address assignment

Physical Demands

Role requires moderate walking and climbing stairs in connection with site visits at NFL stadiums and events and may involve significant periods of standing for up to four or five hours.

Travel

Semi-regular travel, both domestically and internationally is required for this position.

Terms/Expected Hours of Work

This a full-time position. Travel and weekend work will be required. Additionally, work hours will vary between season and off-season periods and local time of game in the varied domestic and international locations.

  • NFL employees are required to work 40 hours per week

  • The NFL maintains a Flexible Workplace Policy that provides members of our workforce with opportunities to periodically work from a location of their choice, while maintaining a priority on in-person work at an NFL office, which enables us to more effectively collaborate, connect and build a workplace culture that will drive our continued success.

  • We also continue to prioritize the health and safety of our NFL workforce. Consistent with that commitment, considering the substantial and growing body of evidence that vaccinations remain the most effective protection against the spread the COVID-19, we require that members of our NFL workforce be fully vaccinated. Exceptions are available only for those who need an accommodation for a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice.

  • The NFL is committed to building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment that reflects our incredibly diverse fan base. We provide an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all employees and applicants without regard to status as protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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