Manager, Business Development

  • National Women’s Soccer League
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 29 Apr, 2024
Full time Business & Commercial Leadership & Management

Job Description

Manager, Business Development

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is the top professional women's soccer league in the USA, with 14 teams and +300 of the best soccer players globally. In its 12th season, the league continues to grow exponentially. The NWSL is shattering all-time fan attendance records with 2023 season shattering attendance and viewership records. In November 2023, the NWSL made history in announcing a four-year deal as the biggest deal in women's professional sports with four new broadcast partners for the 2024 season: Amazon Prime Video, CBS, ESPN and Scripps/ION.

Reporting to the SVP, Business Development, this position is a key hire for Partnerships group at the NSWL, with the focus on supporting the next phase of revenue growth for the league.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assist with generating revenue for the NWSL by identifying and building integrated marketing partnerships utilizing league intellectual property, signage, media and other assets
  • Work cross functionally with all NWSL departments including senior leadership to build new programs, platforms and assets to meet the needs of the marketplace and growing partner roster
  • Maintain weekly/monthly reporting documents for broader Commercial team, senior leadership and Commercial Committee
  • Drive the legal process around the execution of all contracts
  • Assist with managing Sales Representation agency and pipeline
  • Work closely with the CMO and SVP to build and maintain relationships with sport marketing, advertising and media agencies


Required Skills/Knowledge Attributes:

  • You have a passion for women's sports, you're genuinely excited about the sport of soccer and feel energized by growing its impact across the USA and globally.
  • Strong professional and positive presence that represents the league internally and externally
  • Entrepreneurial and strategic mindset
  • Actively listens and seeks feedback
  • Communicates in a direct, open, and honest manner
  • Demonstrates accountability and humility
  • Effective at verbal and written communication
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Bachelor's degree required, MBA, JD, or further business education preferred
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in sales, business development, or partnerships at a league, team or agency


What we offer:

  • An incredible inclusive culture that is committed to diversity.
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and Mental health benefits for employees and dependents.
  • FSA for employees and dependents.
  • Commuter benefits.
  • Short and Long-term disability and life insurance paid by the company.
  • Unlimited paid time off, sick days and end of the year office closure.
  • 401k with employer match, safe harbor contributions from the company in addition to the employer match.
  • Voluntary pet insurance.
  • Hybrid work schedule.

Salary: 85K-110K - 8% bonus plus commission.

NWSL salaries are contingent upon candidates' qualifications, functional business needs, and market financials.

NWSL is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee's race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.