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Director of Team Legal & League Compliance

Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Oklahoma City Thunder

About the Role


Other day-to-day duties include (non-exhaustive):

Providing legal expertise on the following matters:
NBA Compliance: Manage and maintain compliance with all NBA rules and regulations, including the constitution and by-laws, operations manual, playing rules, collective bargaining agreement, as well as timely responsiveness to various league-issued memoranda and other ad hoc materials.
Player Contracts: Draft, execute, and file all player contracts, agreements, and notices, ensuring accuracy and compliance. Additionally, allocating dedicated research on player contracts throughout the league—analyzing language, structure, and general trends.
Trade Administration: Upon agreeing to terms, execute all trade-related information, procedures, and protocols, working with relevant parties at the league office and counterparts from other teams to facilitate smooth transactions.
Medical Administration: Collaborate with the Human & Player Performance pillar, as needed, on medical aspects of player transaction procedures and protocols.
Public Announcements: Collaborate with the Communications & Engagement pillar on public announcements related to player transactions.
Immigration Solutions: Navigate the intricacies of the visa application process for players and staff. Ensure that all documentation is accurately completed and submitted within established timelines.
Insurance Solutions: Collaborate with the team’s business staff and insurance providers to secure any necessary player and team-related coverage.
Vendor Agreements: Review and approve third-party vendor agreements within basketball operations, safeguarding the team’s interests.
Outside Counsel: Work with outside counsel to acquire subject-matter expertise and guidance when necessary.
Human Resources & Payroll: Collaborate with HR & Payroll to file all player contracts, contractor, and vendor agreements, ensuring accurate and compliant documentation.
Preseason Scheduling: Collaborate with the Logistics & Engagement pillar to review agreements for preseason games.
Team Compliance: Oversee and ensure adherence to all team rules, updating and developing policies and procedures as necessary.
Staff Issues: Counsel and management on player and staff-related matters upon assignment.
Staff On-Boarding: Administer training sessions to educate new hires on rules and protocols specific to their pillar and function.
Interfacing with NBA League Office: Curate and nurture relationships at the NBA league office, notably the legal and salary cap departments.


About the Company

The Oklahoma City Thunder is an elite performance organization and a leading franchise in the NBA. Beyond any single game, season, or outcome, we’re driven to shape the future of our industry, our community, and our own legacy in sports. We’re looking for people who want to make an impact–individuals with the courage and ambition to think and work differently and an endless desire to push for progress! At the Thunder, you’re joining a culture that performs at the highest level and empowers you to realize your greatest potential.

As Director of Team Legal & League Compliance, your work is critical in ensuring Basketball Operations complies with all the legal requirements, league regulations, and internal guidelines required to operate effectively as an organization.

As part of the Growth and Governance pillar, you will be responsible for providing legal expertise and administrative support across Basketball Operations pillars, staff, and players. In this role, you will perform a range of duties such as the drafting, review and execution of legal agreements and league transactions, assistance in player and staff personnel matters, and compliance training, auditing and problem-solving for all basketball-related matters. You will work closely with our Director of Information & System Management to codify the procedures, protocols, and checklists that support internal operations. You will also be expected to provide sound counsel and reasoning to mitigate legal and compliance risk, support organizational problem-solving and enable optimal decision-making across all pillars.

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