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Associate Manager, Business Operations

🇺🇸 New York City, NY, USA
Part Time
2+ years exp.
US$60,000 – US$70,000 per year

WORK OPTION: 4 days a week in the NY office

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 214 countries and territories in 60 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 200 countries and territories on all seven continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2023-24 season featured a record 125 international players from 40 countries and territories.  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 more than 2.3 billion likes and followers globally across all leagues, team and player platforms.  NBA Cares, the NBA’s global social responsibility platform, partners with renowned community-based organizations around the world to address important social issues in the areas of education, inclusion, youth and family development, and health and wellness.

Position Summary
The International Content Partnership team is responsible for licensing league rights (NBA, WNBA, G-League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League) to media outlets (such as ESPN) around the world This position will play a key role in supporting the NBA’s media business.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a liaison between the NBA’s US offices and its regional offices for all matters related to the global media distribution business, including communicating with staff located in NBA offices in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, India, the UK, Brazil, Mexico, Johannesburg and Canada during their local office hours (including occasional evening calls).
  • Help support key initiatives and the International Content Partnerships (ICP) teams to achieve revenue targets and distribution goals .

SALES ADMINISTRATION

  • Oversee the sales administration process for all global media deals from submission through execution. Includes maintaining visibility of where deals are in the pipeline at all times, reviewing incoming deals, issuing notifications upon contract execution and coordinating with multiple departments, including Accounts Receivable, Broadcast Operations and Programming.
  • Serve as the primary contact for everything related to the department’s Deal Management System (DMS) which tracks our media deals, becoming proficient with deal entry and the reporting function, training staff, and working with IT to help develop new reports and introduce system enhancements. Continually review the system to ensure that all deals are fully and properly entered, and records match across DMS and online files. Run reports to confirm programming deliverables and handle other ad hoc reporting needs.
  • Work with the legal team to determine the status of pending agreements and track their progress, as well as the compliance team for due diligence matters.

AFFILIATE LEAGUES

  • Support the department’s sales efforts for five leagues – National Basketball Association (NBA), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA G League, NBA 2K League and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) - as well as USA Basketball (USAB), including liaising with the property owners, determining licensable content and delivery options and costs and maintaining deal summaries.

A/R

  • Work closely with the Accounts Receivables department on all invoicing and collections matters, including reviewing weekly aging reports, coordinating matters related to pre-bills and withholding taxes, and liaising with the regional office finance teams.
  • Establish a regular cadence and process for obtaining financial status updates for partners from the regions, including leading collection meetings, and help implement collection strategies.
  • Work with the Finance teams to determine if revenue share thresholds are met and help coordinate billing as necessary.

PARTNER SERVICING

  • Track contractual ticket obligations for our tent-pole events, including All-Star Weekend, the Finals and Global Games, confirm usage plans with account managers, communicate needs with the Partner Services team who manages tickets, and disseminate tickets to partners.
  • Work with the ICP Partner Services manager and the league’s credential system to track media credential applications. May be asked to travel to and work events to manage the distribution of credentials to international media partners covering the event on-site.

OTHER

  • Work with US and regional staff to identify process enhancements and bottlenecks to maximize efficiencies and streamline functions.
  • Update reference documents for senior management in advance of Board of Governors and Committee meetings, and provide and review facts related to ICP’s media business for use internally and externally.
  • Maintain key documents and databases for the department, including Key Dates, NBA TV International, Show Tracker and International Player reports, as well as User/Process Guides, and disseminate to the department as necessary.
  • Handle expense reporting for direct manager.
  • Perform ad hoc tasks as requested from both inside and outside the department.

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • Enthusiastic, highly motivated and eager to learn in a fast-paced environment!
  • Strong desire to support and help colleagues across the organization
  • Experience and comfort multi-tasking in a dynamic, cross functional position
  • Strong time management skills and ability to prioritize effectively
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal, organization and problem solving skills!
  • Equal ability to work productively independently as well as part of an integrated team
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively, in writing and verbally
  • Proficiency with Sharepoint and Excel
  • Willing to travel occasionally (domestically and/or internationally) if required

Experience Needed

  • A minimum of 2-3 years of work experience
  • International experience or knowledge a plus
  • Prior media or sports industry experience a plus

Educational Background Required

  • Bachelor's degree required

Salary Range: [[$60,000 - $70,000]]

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About the NBA
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.

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