WNBA Partnership Management




New York, NY, United States of America(US), 10022

WORK OPTION: [[Hybrid]]


The NBA is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace. To safeguard our employees and their families, our visitors, and the broader community from COVID-19, and in consideration of recommendations from health authorities and the NBA’s own advisors, any individual working onsite in our New York and New Jersey offices must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The NBA will discuss accommodations for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Job Summary:
At the WNBA, we’re passionate about growing and celebrating the game of basketball! Through the intensity of the game and the amazing athletic skill of our players, we deliver excitement to hundreds of millions of fans around the world. As a global sports and media business, the WNBA is so much more! While Basketball Operations runs the league’s on-court activities, other departments manage relationships with television and digital media partners, develop marketing partnerships with some of the world’s most recognizable companies, oversee the licensing of WNBA merchandise, and handle a wide range of responsibilities that drive the WNBA’s success.
Reporting to the Growth Strategy Lead, this position is part of a growing Partnerships team at the WNBA. This role will support the WNBA’s sponsorship fulfillment efforts with the goal of delivering best-in-class solutions to the league’s partner roster and, when it makes sense, driving incremental revenue through large-scale, integrated marketing partnerships.
Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the management of existing WNBA partners, including working closely with account managers to ensure quality and timely servicing of partner needs
  • Assist in revenue generation the WNBA by assessing current partnerships and determining potential incremental integrated marketing opportunities that incorporate WNBA IP, media, events, and other benefits/opportunities
  • Assist Growth Strategy Lead in being a central conduit for WNBA Team partnership evaluations, including working closely with Team Business and Marketing Operations (TMBO) on interpretation of the operations manual for team partnership leads
  • Support stakeholders at the League and Team level in maintaining a deep knowledge of sponsorship activity in priority categories and have a finger on the pulse of emerging categories
  • Assist with developing and delivering customized presentations and proposals for League partner conversations
  • Work with cross-functional teams to support the development of customized WNBA marketing platforms (e.g., Media, Activation, Social Responsibility) that align with partners’ objectives and serve as a WNBA subject matter expert across the organization
  • Support the negotiation process for partnership renewals
  • Maintain reporting on partner campaigns and activations to ensure timely updates to WNBA leadership and members of the multi-property partnerships team
  • Build and support relationships within the sports marketing and agency world
  • Stay up to date with industry trends and provide recommendations for new and creative commercial opportunities and assets that align with the WNBA’s growth strategy

Required Education/Professional Experience:

  • 1–3 years of relevant experience in sales, business development, or partnerships at a league, team or agency
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Required Skills/Knowledge Attributes:

  • Passion for women’s sports and creating innovative, purpose-driven brand partnerships
  • Energetic, team player with an entrepreneurial approach
  • Forward-thinking, strategic, and revenue-minded
  • Strong ability to create and lead presentations
  • Understanding of sports sponsorship landscape
  • Effective at verbal and written communication
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


Salary Range: [[$80,000 – $90,000]] 

The NBA does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or any other third parties. Any unsolicited resume sent to the NBA will be considered NBA property, and the NBA will not pay a fee should it hire the subject of any unsolicited resume.

The NBA considers applicants for all positions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs, and without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, alienage or citizenship status, ancestry, marital status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veteran status, familial status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

About the WNBA
The WNBA is a bold, progressive basketball league that stands for the power of women.  Featuring 12 teams, the W is a unique sports property that combines competition and entertainment with a commitment to diversity and inclusion and social responsibility.  Through its world-class athletes, the in-game fan experience, TV and digital broadcasts, digital and social content and community outreach programs, the league celebrates and elevates the game of basketball and the culture around it.

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