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Vice President of Impact - Athletes Unlimited (Open to Remote)

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Civic leadership is core to Athletes Unlimited’s mission. We believe that the qualities that lead to excellence on the field are the same qualities that create strong civic leaders and participants in civic life. We empower pro athletes as leaders and role models for the next generation. Athletes Unlimited (AU) is a mission-driven public benefit corporation that was founded on values of innovation, inclusion, and excellence. AU aims to empower professional athletes as leaders in their sport; promote inclusive ownership in professional sports that focuses on the long-term financial and personal well-being of athletes; and bring fans closer to the game by innovating on and off the field to maximize engagement and excitement for a global community of fans.

Athletes Unlimited is seeking a senior-level staff member specifically dedicated to ensuring that our mission is reflected in all aspects of the organization’s operations. The Vice President of Impact (VP) will work with colleagues across the organization to make sure that the mission is reflected in workstreams throughout the company, and will also oversee specific mission-related programming. The VP role will encompass functions that may be found in other organizations under Social Impact, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Community Relations, and Sustainability.

The VP role will cover the following principal areas:
  • Work with all appropriate AU staff and consultants to maintain, regularly update and implement an overall AU impact strategy with sufficient detail to inform operating and implementation plans for the company.
  • Develop, oversee, and implement core AU public-facing civic leadership strategies including:
    • Athlete Causes program
    • Voter Engagement program
    • Civic Leadership Award
  • Oversee creation and roll-out of bi-annual Public Benefit Corporation report.
  • Develop, oversee, and help implement internal AU policies and practices that relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other areas that relate specifically to the broader AU mission. Examples include:
    • Organize and support the Racial Equity Working Group (REWG) and ensure implementation of the group’s recommendations
    • Strategize about and support the implementation of Athletes Plus programming
    • Develop, update, and support the implementation of AU policies on pregnancy and paid leave, child care, transgender and non-binary athletes, and environmental sustainability. Identify external subject matter experts to work with on a consulting basis as needed.
    • Work with Operations and HR staff on implementation of trainings for staff on issues related to diversity, equity, and belonging
    • Consult with and support the PECs to address issues of interest related to impact and mission.
  • Assist in determining AU public positions on current events and timely issues that relate to the organization’s mission or that are of concern to the broader AU community.
  • Work with teams across the organization to ensure consideration of mission perspective throughout AU operations. Examples include:
    • Work with Directors of Sport to develop youth initiatives and partnerships that address issues of inclusion and access (overlaps with REWG)
    • Work with Content, Communications, Athlete Experience, and Fan Experience teams to ensure that mission-related content is embedded in all workplans
    • Work with Operations and HR staff to develop policies and training related to harassment, inclusion, and mental health
    • Work with relevant staff to help implement AU’s commitment to environmental sustainability and carbon-neutral practices
    • Develop and execute corporate partnerships that advance the visibility and impact of AU’s mission-related work
  • Work closely with the CEO on public relations and communications strategy, specifically as relates to increasing the visibility and brand awareness of AU as a mission-driven company. This will also involve working with the Creative Director on key language, branding, and creative assets.

The VP will be a member of the senior leadership team and play a significant role in a number of areas in addition to the above that will require a broad perspective of the commercial and civic priorities of the organization. The VP will also support the CEO on strategic planning for AU broadly.

  • 10+ Years of experience with policy, advocacy, and civic engagement
  • B.A. Required

This role is full-time and remote. In addition, Athletes Unlimited is proud to offer comprehensive benefits and perks to all of our full-time employees, including:
  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • Generous 401(k) company match
  • Unlimited paid time off alongside company holidays
  • Professional development stipend

Athletes Unlimited is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its hiring process based on race, religion, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, pregnancy status, parental status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.