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Job listing closed on 15 Jun 2024
1 Jun 2024

Director, Performance

🇺🇸 Washington, DC, USA
Full Time
10+ years exp.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates seven major and minor sports teams: 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, WNBA’s 2019 Championship Washington Mystics, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, 2021 & 2020 NBA 2K League Champion Wizards District Gaming and Caps Gaming, an esports sub-brand of the Capitals. Additionally, it holds a significant investment in a seventh professional team, Team Liquid, an endemic esports team owned and operated by aXiomatic, in which MSE is an investor.

In September 2022, MSE acquired the regional sports network, then-called NBC Sports Washington and newly rebranded as Monumental Sports Network. Monumental Sports Network now holds the exclusive local television media rights to Capitals’, Wizards’, and Mystics’ games. The network is both a linear channel and a digital operation. Prior to acquiring the linear platform, the digital platform was launched by MSE in 2016, as the first-of-its-kind regional sports network for digital, mobile, and streaming platforms. Those linear and digital platforms are now combined and join Caps Radio, Wizards Radio, MSE Outdoor and Monumental Productions for a full suite of six media enterprises.

In addition to Capital One Arena – a venue which hosts 3M+ visitors across over 250 events annually, MSE also manages MedStar Capitals Iceplex (training facility for the Capitals), MedStar Health Performance Center (training facility for the Wizards, Mystics, and Go-Go) and EagleBank Arena (a 12,000+ live event venue on George Mason University’s campus).

In July 2020, MSE partnered with William Hill (subsequently acquired by Caesars Entertainment) to open the first ever in-arena sportsbook in North America, now called Caesars Sportsbook. The space now also boasts a destination culinary experience, Guy Fieri’s DC Kitchen + Bar.

MSE opened “District E powered by Ticketmaster” in the spring of 2023, a flagship esports and entertainment venue. This 14,000-square-foot live-event theater offers a 365-day-a-year series of immersive experiences in esports, music, culinary excellence, event programming, and community events.

MSE proudly promotes its core values for all those that interact with the company. As a member of our team:

  1. You will provide first-class customer service and value for our fans.
  2. You will champion a double-bottom line that engages, unifies, and gives back to the community we serve.
  3. You will work tirelessly to build generationally exceptional teams that compete for championships year after year and create lifelong memories for our fans.
  4. You will measure performance with specific objectives and metrics and our analysis and decisions are compelled by data.
  5. You will prize leadership, but you should value teamwork and collaboration and transparency even more. We treat each other with respect. We act with honesty and integrity. We remain humble.
  6. You will innovate. We are nimble and first to market. We are not averse to risk.
  7. You will have fun. We are in the business of happiness.

Position Overview: The Director, Performance will help deliver evidence-based athletic development and injury prevention programs for the Washington Wizards. This role will also contribute to performance initiatives across Monumental Basketball, including the 2019 WNBA Champion Washington Mystics, Capital City Go-Go (G-League), and Wizards District Gaming (NBA 2k). Ideal candidates should have a range of skills and can carry out multiple functions in collaboration with other members of the organization’s Athlete Care and Performance Group. Applications for this role will be accepted until June 15, 2024.

Are you a practitioner aspiring to work in the preparation and development of athletes for outstanding performance? We'd love to hear from you!

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the direction of and implement the strategy for the Performance department. including coordinating the interdisciplinary team and implementing protocols, policies, and procedures to align with the vision, aims, and objectives of the department and the team.
  • Identify and define areas of improvement in existing operations and provide solutions and problem-solving pathways where necessary.
  • Research, advise on, and implement new and innovative approaches to achieve better athlete performance with tangible outcomes.
  • Encourage and enable sustainable, high-performance cultures within the workplace.
  • Build, maintain, and apply cross-functional, collaborative, and effective working relationships with both key internal and external partners.
  • Leverage effective and meaningful communication with coaching and medical, with a focus on high-quality standards of work, respect, and professionalism.
  • Drive high-quality, professional relationships that promote clarity in the department's daily work.
  • Develop, coordinate, and track player strength and conditioning plans in accordance with their specific player development needs and goals.
  • Drive the team’s athletic performance assessment and monitoring processes.
  • Develop and implement key sport science processes, including the monitoring and management of player workloads and recovery.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of corrective, rehabilitation, and return-to-play programs along with the evaluation of player movement performance and proficiency.
  • Develop and manage performance training in sport science facilities, equipment, and technology.
  • Support and manage the professional development and working practices of the Athletic Performance Coaches reporting to this position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate degree or equivalent experience in sport science, exercise science, or strength and conditioning. Doctorates or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Certification as a strength and conditioning coach (CSCS, or international equivalent).
  • Nationally recognized accreditation or certification in sport science preferred (such as BASES or ACSM).
  • 10+ years of experience working with athletes as a strength and conditioning coach, with some of this experience preferably (but not essential) being with NBA, intercollegiate, or national level basketball players.
  • Experience implementing physiological and biomechanical assessments with athletes.
  • Experience contributing to applied sports performance research and development initiatives.
  • Experience practicing as a Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer is desirable but not essential.
  • Excellent framework of understanding around human performance, analytics, and statistics; and the ability to embed a high-performance culture, with emphasis on data management.
  • Excellent communication skills are essential, along with executive-level strategy and process management abilities.
  • Ability to observe basketball and general movement performance and relate observations to strength, speed, agility, and injury prevention training requirements.
  • Ability to interpret assessment data across a wide range of strength, power, and conditioning assessments, effectively using equipment and software as required.
  • Ability to plan and monitor all the components of physical training of the player, with consideration of concurrent training issues and micro and macro-organization.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills, with a high attention to detail.
  • Ability to translate complex information to front office staff, coaches, and athletes in visual and/or oral form.
  • This opportunity also has an outward-facing remit, speaking at conferences and delivering learning where necessary for the department.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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