Coordinator – Baseball Diversity Initiatives
The Coordinator – Baseball Diversity Initiatives will support the Club diversity, equity and inclusion efforts contributing to the development of minor league players, with special focus on supporting and advocating for minority players. This position will mentor, advise and provide support for players as they develop personally and professionally as baseball players, as well as enhance awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity across the organization and with the community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
· Counsel and support minority players by providing timely and accurate information as it relates to adjusting to their environment, affiliate and the needs of professional baseball, among others topics as needed.
· Act as mentor for the players, on and off the field, partnering with the affiliate coaching staff to provide support and resources that help players cope with situations, contributing to social and professional performance enhancement.
· Educate and prepare players for cultural differences in baseball and their communities. Provide opportunities for the player to become involved in their communities to increase exposure and awareness to cultural diversity.
· Create continuity with the philosophy of the diversity, equity and inclusion program throughout all the minor league levels by encouraging transparent dialogues and engaging multiple perspectives.
· Provide support and guidance on the culture adaptation process of players. Connect players with key Club and community resources to support their development and acculturation.
· Support the development, planning and execution of Club programs primarily serving African America, American Indian, Asian and Latinx, among other underrepresented minority players.
· Support the mentorship program of African American players, ensuring needs of the mentor and mentee are being met with consistent feedback, and opportunities of development are taking place.
· Maintain relationships and coordinate with outside experts for specialized workshops in various areas. In addition to this exposure, the player will review and practice these fundamental principles during the off-season.
· Visit all minor league affiliates and ensure that players are adjusting accordingly to the culture and the needs of professional baseball.
· Oversee community outreach efforts at each of the minor league affiliates to create opportunities for schools, churches, and other diverse community agencies/groups to visit the stadium and experience baseball, strengthening its role in the community.
· In conjunction with affiliate partners, create and implement diverse youth programming at the affiliates to provide community youth with opportunities to experience the physical exercise and teamwork of baseball, to develop into advocates for the sport and to become great citizens on and off the field.
· Accompany players on field trips and participate in community events.
· Communicate with coaches, on and off the field, to help build strong relationships with players, share feedback and provide support as needed.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and minimum of 2 years of understanding and/or experience working with underrepresented populations; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, including an awareness of diverse and intersectional identities, privilege, and oppression. The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse community, with appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions, which may include heat, cold and various forms of precipitation.
The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Travel will be required for Spring Training and minor league affiliates throughout the year (approximately 25% annual).
Business hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 5pm, however, additional hours will be required on weekends, evenings and some holidays.