About the job

Department: Sports

Contract Type: Open-ended

Activity Level: 100%

Location Switzerland (CH)

Closing date for application: 15 May 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the guardian of the Olympic Games and the leader of the Olympic Movement. A truly global organisation, it acts as a catalyst for collaboration between all Olympic stakeholders, including the athletes, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), the International Sports Federations (IFs), Organising Committees for the Olympic Games, the Worldwide Olympic Partners and Media Rights-Holders. It also works with public and private authorities, including the United Nations and other international organisations.

If you are a professional in the ESPORTS field and the vision to build a better world through sports inspires you, this is a unique opportunity for you to become part of the Olympic Movement and join the IOC.

Associate Director Esports

Mission of the Role:

The Associate Director of Esports will spearhead the development and implementation of the esports strategy within the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This dynamic role involves leading the Olympic Esports Games’ planning and execution, supporting the IOC Esports Commission, and ensuring esports integration aligns with the IOC’s broader objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Internal Focus:
  • Champion the development of esports within the IOC, leveraging input from key stakeholders and maximizing synergies with related IOC initiatives.
  • Craft and execute a strategic, operational, and financial plan under Recommendation 9 of the Olympic Agenda 2020+5, ensuring organizational alignment and effective implementation.
  • Manage the organization and execution of the Olympic Esports Games, collaborating with IOC departments and Olympic community stakeholders.
  • Identify and lead significant esports events and activations, working closely with both internal and external partners.
  • Serve as the primary IOC advocate for Virtual Sports, gaming, and esports topics.
  • Promote internal cooperation across functions and ensure alignment at the executive level, focusing on key areas and dependencies.
  • Develop and implement marketing programs centered around esports.
  • Manage the esports-related annual budget and financial reviews in alignment with broader planning and budgeting processes.
  • Develop resources for ongoing engagement with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide robust support to the IOC Esports Commission.
  • External Focus:
  • Build and maintain relationships with key individuals, platforms, and audiences in the esports industry to ensure the IOC remains a significant and relevant entity in the space.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, technological advancements, and market shifts, translating these insights into strategies that benefit the IOC.
  • Spearhead partnership strategies with relevant platforms, technology providers, and influencers in the virtual sports and esports arena.
  • Manage relationships with external partners and advisors to deliver on strategic objectives.

Educational qualifications and experience and required competencies:

  • Degree in Business/Marketing or a related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • At least 10 years in international, multicultural, and multifunctional environments, with a minimum of 5 years in leadership roles specifically within the esports, gaming, media, or entertainment industries.
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and excellent working knowledge of another language – French or Spanish…
  • Deep understanding of the esports, virtual sports, and gaming landscapes.
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing growth strategies, community engagement, and managing diverse teams across multiple locations. Demonstrated ability to drive change and lead in complex stakeholder environments.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving capabilities with excellent presentation skills, adept at simplifying and effectively communicating complex issues.
  • Ability to perform well in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Experience with data management focusing on data acquisition and designing user journeys.

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent organisation committed to building a better world through sport. By joining us, you become part of the Olympic Movement. You will have the opportunity to work in an international and flexible environment with people of more than 70 nationalities.

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