The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) assists former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, the Association offers education, health, finance and career/life transition benefits to retired players and their families. In conjunction with the NBA and National Basketball Players Association, NBRPA’s membership promotes basketball and enhances its image by building community relationships and fostering support for charitable activities and philanthropic events with a connection to the game.
The President & CEO is responsible for: implementing a strategic plan to address the needs of NBRPA and its community; acting as spokesperson and chief fundraiser; developing and managing overall finances; collaborating with leaders and decision makers in the NBA, NBPA, WNBA and others; providing vision to address future challenges and opportunities; managing and leading staff and fostering the development of staff competencies and equitable policies and practices; and supporting innovation and strengthening community.
The NBRPA seeks a leader whose career in a similar-size or larger national association or comparable business enterprise has been noted by an ability to chart a path forward with exceptional communication skills and servant leadership approach. This person must exhibit success in collaborating with and convening diverse stakeholders sharing common interests and values so tactics and strategic goals are pursued in a collegial, transparent and highly participatory manner. While not required, individuals with experience in sports/entertainment are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will have a proven record in building strategic activities and partnerships for an organization or association; a creative approach to marketing and branding; strong negotiation skills and a comfort level being the face of the organization. We seek a leader who can develop and support staff through effective delegation, professional development and confident decision making. This person should demonstrate an ability to raise the profile of NBPRA nationally and internationally and support the best interests of members. Experience working with stakeholders to build new business relationships, partnerships and expanded membership is highly desired.
An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. An advanced degree is preferred. Demonstration of continuing professional education, accreditation in a professional field and/or board leadership would be highly desirable.