Director of Research & Development- Basketball Operations

Spurs Sports and Entertainment - San Antonio, TX4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $98,000 - $140,000 a year
This role will be responsible for developing, maintaining, overseeing and communicating comprehensive research and analytics function within Basketball Operations, reporting to the General Manager and Head Coach. Deliver positive collaborative leadership and support all areas of Basketball Operations to cultivate evidence-based, process-oriented and data driven decision making.

The Key Relationships this role will maintain are with the front office staff, coaching staff, player care and performance team, and the analytics team. The culture/values competencies desired for this role are:

1. Values-driven leader and decision maker

2. Visionary leader with foresight and innovative thinking and the ability to manage a diverse group of people, while working towards furthering the goals set forth by Basketball Operations

3. High-level communicator that can simplify complex information into meaningful and actionable deliverables to various groups within Basketball Operations

Conduct research to improve the organization’s understanding of the game of basketball
Develop and implement strategic plans and objectives for the group in alignment with Basketball Operations
Provide overall direction to the development of advanced analytic solutions and strategies to new and existing models to aid in decision-making
Manage a talented staff (developers, analysts, and consultants) by cultivating a collaborative culture, prioritizing work flows, supervising projects and serving as the principal liaison between basketball analytics and operations
Present high-level analysis in a concise, effective and articulate manner using data visualizations and reports that enhance the Department’s decision-making process
Partner with Medical and Athletic Performance coaches to gather and analyze data to prepare players for peak performance
Monitor, identify, recommend and implement new and/or emerging processes, technologies, models and algorithms applicable to internal processes
Oversee the departmental budget associated with R&D spending
Contribute to collaborative basketball decisions by proactively generating ideas, concepts and well-reasoned rationales for player acquisition and usage, development, style of play and overall sports performance
Guide the application of innovative techniques to solve new problems through combining abstract ideas and real-world context
Perform advanced statistical analysis on large volumes of basketball-related data
Other projects as directed the Basketball Operations leadership team
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in statistics, engineering, applied math, physics, quantitative social sciences, computer science, operations research or similar field; Advanced degree preferred
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
Demonstrated work ethic, passion for basketball, and strong basketball knowledge, including familiarity with current basketball research and analysis
Demonstrated project management, problem-solving, and teaching abilities
Demonstrated ability to communicate complex analytical concepts at an appropriate level to a wide variety of audiences within basketball and business operations
Experience in managing a cross-functional team of analysts and software developers
Demonstrated expert-level knowledge with basketball-specific data, modern statistical techniques, and sabermetric analysis
Demonstrated expertise with R, Python, or similar languages
Demonstrated expertise with database systems such as SQL Server, My SQL, or Oracle, along with database administration/structuring, data warehousing and data modeling experience
Knowledge and demonstrated ability in the areas of programming, software-coding, ETL, and/or machine learning techniques
EEO Statement
  • SS&E is an Equal Opportunity Employer*
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