Founded in 1917, the National Hockey League (NHL®) is the premier professional ice hockey league in the world, and is one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. With more than 600 employees across offices in New York, Toronto and Montreal, the NHL is a global sports and entertainment organization committed to building healthy and vibrant communities using the sport of hockey to celebrate fans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. At the NHL, we are looking for dynamic, energetic and impactful individuals who are committed to doing the same by sharing in our philosophy that Hockey is for Everyone – and inclusion belongs on the ice, in the locker rooms, boardrooms and stands.
Benefits to working at National Hockey League include:
Medical/ Dental/ Vision insurance effective on the date of hire
401(K) Plan and Defined Contribution Pension Plan
Generous PTO policy
Commuter Benefit Program
Paid Company Holidays
We are seeking a Director to join the NHL’s Club Business Development team and support the Clubs on new business opportunities in coordination with the NHL Innovation department. This role will act as a dedicated resource supporting the Clubs in the roll out of new innovation initiatives being implemented by the League to enhance the fan experience and generate incremental revenue.
This position requires a combination of business development, project management, revenue generation and execution capabilities. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with excellent problem solving and communication skills with a passion for the intersection of sports and technology. This is an exciting new opportunity to shape the future of NHL and collaborate across the entire organization.
Participate in the development of new tech initiatives including but not limited to new in-arena experiences, alternative camera views and video, NFT and blockchain, mixed reality content and experiences, digitally enhanced dasherboards, dynamic advertising, gambling, gaming, enhanced stats, metaverse, web3, and more
Serve as the primary point of contact with the Clubs, informing various groups of new tech innovation opportunities and initiatives
Direct Innovation opportunity identification and prioritization across League departments and Clubs
Maintain an overview of the current & future opportunity landscape across the 32 NHL markets
Serve as an internal voice for new tech initiatives at the Club and venue level within the NHL’s Innovation team
Work closely with strategic partners and vendors, as necessary, on development of leaguewide program deployments
Maintain a deep network and understanding of solution providers for NHL Clubs and Arenas
Support the negotiation and drafting of partnership agreements
Project manage development teams, vendors, and internal resources linked to program delivery
Facilitate League approvals and clearances for Club innovation initiatives, and support Clubs to ensure adherence to League policy
Participate in the drafting of new Club regulations
Set up regular reporting and sharing with Clubs to inform future product development efforts
Develop and communicate findings and analysis in executive-level presentations
Bachelor’s degree in Business, Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field from accredited 4-year college or university
MBA or other advanced degree preferred but not required
7+ years of professional experience, preferably at a strategy consulting firm, major media company, or technology company
Experience working as part of a team focused on delivering tier 1 products and firm understanding of cross-functional development projects
Experience in testing and trialing new and emerging technologies
Interest in tech systems and their intersection with the sports and entertainment experience
Understanding of and experience developing revenue opportunities across multiple revenue streams including advertising and sponsorship, direct to consumer, ticketing, and media rights
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills; Success in building strong working relationships with senior executives both inside and outside the organization
Comfort juggling multiple projects, prioritizing stakeholder needs, and working under tight deadlines
Ability to provide scaled revenue projections and data analysis
Proactive, self-starter who can work independently within set objectives
Ability to travel to testing sites, vendor locations and NHL events
When applying, please be sure to include a cover letter with your salary expectations for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity, however only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. NO EMAILS OR PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.