Job Posting - Executive Director, Thunder Fellows

Are you passionate about community service and closing the opportunity gap for Black Youth in Tulsa? Would you like to help unlock access to lucrative career opportunities in sports, entertainment, and tech for future generations? The Oklahoma City Thunder and CAA Sports is looking for an executive director with the leadership skills, resourcefulness, and drive to help build, launch, and run a new Tulsa-based nonprofit with a mission to do just that.

Our vision and position overview:

The Thunder Fellows program aims to increase economic opportunities for Tulsa’s Black youth through work in two primary focus areas: 1) Helping 8th – 12th grade students develop skills in data and analytics, coding, and app development; and 2) Providing internships and job placements for college students and recent college graduates in data- and analytics-driven roles at the Thunder, CAA Sports, and other program partners.

As the executive director, you will work closely with the Thunder and CAA Sports, bringing your organizational and relationship-building talents, as well as your extensive knowledge of the Tulsaarea culture and community, to the project.

This is a hands-on position requiring total engagement and a drive to create something from the ground up. The role requires successful coordination and communication with board members, schools, students, and parents. You will also foster relationships with a variety of valued partners, including local non-profits, government officials, and corporate sponsors.

What you will do as the Executive Director:

  • Serve as the primary liaison for the program with Thunder and CAA Sports representatives, as well as the Thunder Fellows board of directors
  • Assist the board with recruitment and selection of program staff members, which you will then lead, empower and mentor
  • Leads staff in planning, curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation of programs that support the mission
  • Develop program budget, and carefully manage sponsorship and donation income, as well as all expenses
  • Set up and organize an office location, and establish relationships with vendors for printing, office products, etc.
  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally with other Tulsa nonprofits, including the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Impact Tulsa, and the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission to ensure Thunder Fellows benefits the community as a whole
  • Foster relationships with civic partners, corporate sponsors, donors, schools and students through timely responses to requests and inquiries
  • Develop and maintain deep ties within the Tulsa community, and frequently attend and participate in community events
  • Create or oversee all external communications, including signage, flyers, email blasts, press releases, web content, etc.
  • Serve as the main contact and face of the program with schools, community groups, local media, etc.
  • Prepare and make presentations to the board of directors or other constituents as requested
  • Maintain good attendance and punctuality
  • Other duties as assigned

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • A passion for community service with an emphasis in workforce development or tech entrepreneurship, and broad knowledge of schools and non-profit organizations in Tulsa and statewide
  • Proven expertise in developing and managing budgets of similar or larger sizes. Comfort and expertise with nonprofit financial management best practices and reporting, including audit requirements and financial oversight
  • Experience in hiring, supervising and growing proficient, talented and diverse staff to support the vision of the organization
  • A deep understanding of local and regional politics, and success working with community influencers
  • Transformational leadership skills and the ability to take projects from concept to completion
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, and the ability to adapt well to change and juggle competing demands
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work well with people of all demographics and present with confidence
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work or military experience, including 5 years working in community relations, nonprofit/foundation work, corporate philanthropy or related field
  • 3-5 years’ experience managing full-time employees
  • Highly proficient computer skills, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Fundraising will be limited, but experience in that area is a plus, and maintaining sponsor/donor relationships is critical

Additional details:

Work schedule will include office hours as well as evenings, weekends and holidays and responding on short notice as needed. Primary work location will be in Tulsa, Okla. Local and regional travel will be needed, requiring a valid driver's license, sound driving record and reliable transportation. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Thunder Fellows program board of directors.

We invite you to apply online here.

The Professional Basketball Club, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, considering applicants fairly on the basis of qualifications, experience and business needs. We value diversity and support an inclusive environment for all employees.


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