The Senior Director of Health and Safety and Sports Science for the National Football League (NFL) is responsible for working to advance strategies to decrease injuries and enhance the safety of the game.
The Senior Director is joining the NFL at a critically important time where the organization has made unprecedented investment into medical research, biomechanical engineering, epidemiology, and data analytics, all designed to accelerate science, and identify new technologies and means of preventing and treating injuries, and to improve overall safety.
Work with all facets of NFL medical efforts to:
- Drive scientific and medical research initiatives and collaborations
- Manage injury reduction strategies
- Manage relationship with injury data research advisors
- Lead and steer strategic programs with external partners
- Work with team medical personnel, athletic trainers, performance and sports science experts and equipment managers
- Manage emerging technologies within sports science and performance and work with clubs to identify improved training and treatment as needed
- Contribute to strategic direction of the health and safety team
- Advanced professional degree (PhD or similar) related to the scientific disciplines that impact sports medicine and performance (such as kinesiology, biomechanics, athletic medicine, and performance monitoring).
- Minimum 12 years industry relevant experience in Research, Medical, Engineering, or similar positions.
- Minimum 7 years management experience and ability to effectively build and lead diverse teams
- Previous successful senior leadership role in professional or elite collegiate sports.
- Demonstrated excellence in collaborating with others, team building, leading through influence and execution of multi-faceted decisions are important components of the leadership experience sought in this recruitment.
- Proven track record in creating innovative experiences and solutions.
- Communication skills (written and verbal) which are equally effective with large and small audiences and on a one-to-one level.
- A style that is open to change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet control, set high standards and make tough decisions.
- Balanced Leadership: The ideal candidate will demonstrate that he/she is a balanced and
ethical leader with an understanding of the unique health and medical needs of elite athletes. He/she will possess outstanding communication skills and the ability to translate strategic imperatives into action plans that achieve necessary change. He/she can quickly establish him/herself as the principal driver of a major initiative and earn respect among a diverse and accomplished constituency.
- Effective Relationship-Builder: In a large organization that values professional excellence
and collaboration, the successful candidate will build his/her credibility by fostering strong and productive working relationships and partnerships across multiple constituencies and key stakeholder groups. He/she will be an active listener and strong communicator, as well as an active participant in key strategic discussions.
Other Key Attributes / Characteristics
- Lives the mission, vision, culture and values of the NFL.
- Unquestionable integrity, with an ability to command respect both within and outside of the organization.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to persuade and negotiate effectively and be politically savvy. Recognized as a great listener, learner and strategic contributor.
- Ability to plan and create strategies.
- Ability to identify innovation opportunities and incorporate them in ongoing work.
- Leadership style that builds and maintains a climate of caring, respect and trust and inspires commitment from others to achieve organizational goals.
- A strong sense of urgency and a bias for action in making sound decisions based on a combination of analysis, experience, judgment and personal/business maturity.
Terms /Expected Hours of Work:
- NFL employees are required to work 40 hours per week. This role will require time in excess of 40 hours per week and weekends. FLSA Exempt.
- 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.