LA28 ATHLETE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

 

Overview

LA 2028 is non-profit responsible for organizing the Games of the XXIV Olympiad and the XVIII Paralympic Games in Los Angeles. LA28’s core activities include planning, organizing, financing, promotion, sponsorship, hosting and staging the Games as well as creating and implementing sustainability and legacy programs. Our responsibility is to act in service to athletes in everything we do, to better athletes’ lives on and off the field by delivering a best-in-class Games journey focused on unity, safety and transparency. Athlete fellows will gain work experience while providing LA28 staff with an athlete perspective based on your own Games experience and personal athlete journey.

We are looking for individuals who share our values:

  • Integrity – Listen to each other and treat everyone with respect; do what we say and say what we do; do the right thing, always.
  • Optimism – Serve as a positive brand ambassador; embody a positive, solution-oriented attitude in everything we do; inspire one another to do their best and deliver results.
  • Excellence – Challenges ourselves to be our best and always strive for greatness; be accountable for everything we do; embody innovation and creativity.
  • Collaboration – Work together and share information; give and receive honest and respectful feedback; empower all members of the team to make an impact and trust each other to deliver results.
  • Inclusion – Seek out and embrace diversity of all forms; respect and value different perspectives; reflect our community.

 

Program

The LA28 Athlete Fellowship Program is a year-long program with two six-month rotations through LA28’s functional areas. Candidates will rank their interest in the participating functional areas. Successful candidates will be assigned two successive rotations July through December 2021 then January through June 2022, based on their interviews and the applicant pool. Fellows will have opportunities to gain work and networking experiences and will be expected to provide feedback.

 

Salary

Fellows will receive a salary for the one year commitment.

 

Candidate Profile

  • Must have competed in Olympic or Paralympic Games
  • Open to US or international athletes who currently hold US work permit/employment authorization
  • Excellent written, verbal skills and analytical ability
  • Must live or be willing to relocate to LA area

Timeline

  • March 25th Applications open
  • April 18 Applications close
  • April 19-May 14 Application review and interviews
  • May 24 Athlete Fellows Announced
  • July 6 Program Starts

 

Submission

To apply submit:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing why you want to work for LA28 and what you bring to the organization
  • Please rank your interests (1- 13) in the Functional Areas/Departments from the list below and submit this ranking AS part of your cover letter!

 

 

 

LA28 Department/ Functional Area Descriptions

Athlete Department

LA28’s Athlete Department Team is responsible for ensuring athlete perspectives and viewpoints are integrated into the planning and execution of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Athlete Department will provide support to the LA28 Athlete Commission, Athlete Fellowship Program, Career Transition & Education Programs, Friends and Family Programs, Paralympic integration and facilitate global athlete input to LA28.

Communications

The communications team leads the internal and external storytelling for the organization to help create and protect a remarkable reputation for the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The communications department develops messaging and communications tools and works with media and other key stakeholders to inform audiences about the LA28 story to help drive the business and deliver an amazing Games in 2028. 

Marketing

LA28’s Marketing team leverages insights and data to set strategy, delivery, creative direction, and engage audiences (fans, athletes, partners) with LA28 and Team USA brands.

Partnership Development

and Innovation

USOPP’s Partnership Development and Innovation team functions as the strategic command center for all Commercial efforts across Team USA and LA28. The team is high-functioning and intrinsically curious, leading the analysis of a variety of industry sectors for potential sponsorship integration, developing the narrative and storyline by which we engage prospective brands, and building new assets and platforms by which these companies can leverage their assets to meet business objectives.

Insights and Analytics

The Insights & Analytics team manages three core areas – fan and consumer insight, commercial development and support, and reporting/data infrastructure underpinning it all.  I&A acts as a shared service across LA28, Team USA and the USOPC but with a single focus of empowering better decision-making and greater commercial opportunity through actionable insights.

Community Relations

LA28’s Community Relations Team is responsible for maintaining positive relations with venue communities and stakeholder groups to cultivate community support, input, and inclusion. The Community Relations team builds authentic relationships with community stakeholders and coordinates with other LA28 departments to identify opportunities to engage with local neighborhoods, organizations, and Angelenos.

Human Resources

LA28’s Human Resources department provides day to day support for employees across all departments. Some of the functions of the department include talent acquisitions, organizational development, benefits administration, culture development, and employee engagement.  

Legal

LA28’s Legal Department provides advice on all matters affecting LA28’s legal rights and obligations. This work includes support for commercial sponsorship and licensing agreements, Games venue and hotel agreements, and legal support for all of LA28’s functional areas.  

Technology

Technology enables delivery and operations of virtually all aspects of successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.  LA28’s Technology department works to support and implement a broad range of technologies across the organization. The Technology team is responsible for the delivery of services and operations in support of the OCOG business needs and delivery of specific Games planning services to various stakeholders.

Games Planning, Technical Operations & Delivery         

The mission of the Games Planning team is to develop and refine the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games Plan and put business agreements in place for the most optimal and deliverable approach.  The team is focused on outlining where, what, when things will happen, how we will make it happen, and partnership negotiations to enable success.

Partnership Management and Activation

On behalf of the LA28, USOPC and USOPP, the Partnership Management and Activation (PMA) team acts as the steward of all contractual rights and benefits afforded to our Commercial Partners. PMA is a collective of internationally experienced, deeply passionate marketers dedicated to maintaining a keen focus across all sponsorship elements of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in the U.S. Designed from a management consulting model, PMA strives to unlock exceptional value across our internal enterprise, as well as for each sponsor they serve.

City Relations

LA28’s City Relations team is responsible for communicating with City Stakeholders regarding the planning and execution of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The City team provides strategic insight to LA28’s departments in regards the Youth Sports Partnership, City Planning, Community Engagement and strategy around engagement with City officials.   

Government Relations

Educate Federal, state, and local government stakeholders, build support for policies promoting successful 2028 Games.  Secure Federal/State/Local support for Games operational needs.  Analyze proposed Federal, state, and local policies to identify opportunities to advance LA28 policy agenda.

 

 

Please rank your preferences 1-13 from choices below and submit as part of cover letter.

 

FUNCTIONAL AREA/DEPARTMENT

PREFERENCE RANK 1-13

Athlete Department

 

Communications

 

Marketing

 

Partnership Development and Innovation

 

Insights and Analytics

 

Community Relations

 

Human Resources

 

Legal

 

Technology

 

Games Planning, Technical Operations & Delivery

 

Partnership Management and Activation

 

City Relations

 

Government Relations

 

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