Director, Strategy

Strategy & Planning New York, NY


About NYRR 

New York Road Runners (NYRR) was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people, and has grown from a local running club into the world’s premier community running organization.  NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire through running, aiming to empower people of all ages and abilities to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.    

NYRR’s year-round offerings of races, community events, programs, and training resources provide hundreds of thousands of people with the motivation, know-how, and opportunities to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top professional runners and committed amateurs alike, while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for New York City.  NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire children in underserved communities in New York City, nationwide, and around the world.    

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR is a 501(c)(3) organization.  To learn more, please visit   

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

About the Department 

The Strategy, Planning, and Analytics team works collaboratively with all departments across the organization to support strategy formulation, growth plan execution, and project implementation. The team provides the organization with in-depth analytical support in evaluating existing operations and new business opportunities. Furthermore, they help lead and advise cross-functional project teams in executing action items/special projects that have been designed to help NYRR continue to reach its strategic objectives.  

About the Position 

The Director of Strategy will report to the Vice President of Strategy, Planning, and Analytics with the core responsibility of developing organizational strategy, product plans, and business models for NYRR portfolio offerings. The Director will ensure the strategic plan is executed and will track organizational performance and impact. 

Job Responsibilities (primary and secondary duties):

  • Development of the annual and long-term organizational business plan, strategic priorities, goals, and key initiatives in collaboration with the senior leadership team
  • Work with senior leadership team to monitor progress against the annual strategic plan and long-term business plan; highlight resource and timeline flags
  • Manage the process for evaluation and development of new product and initiative ideas: facilitate ideation and prioritization process; ensure alignment with organizational strategy; conduct market research; build business plans with functional heads
  • Synthesize data from multiple sources including market data, historical registration, and profitability to inform all aspects of the organization from high-level goals to program specific targets.
  • Partner with cross functional leaders in strategic planning to identify gaps/opportunities as well as develop plans and business models to address and drive growth, efficiencies, and impact of offerings.
  • Other projects and initiatives as assigned. 

Supervisory Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage employee performance through communication of expectations and standards
  • Prepare performance appraisals. Work with next level management when employee performance does not meet standards
  • Provide effective feedback and coaching to employees, including potential areas of improvement
  • Create goals for the team and individual employees
  • Encourage an environment of transparency, support, development, and growth
  • Delegate and distribute tasks and responsibilities appropriately
  • Ensure employees and staff adhere to company policies and procedures
  • Make decisions based on best interest of organization
  • Promote team culture that coincides with NYRR mission and core values 

Job Requirements: 


  • 6+ years of experience in a business-related or 4+ years in management consultant role
  • Solid experience in organization strategy/innovation planning sessions
  • Solid experience with the creation of strategy and business plans, including market research to innovate and deliver new offerings for an organization
  • Experience in assessing product/portfolio effectiveness/return preferred
  • Team leadership and managing team members’ portfolios and professional development 

Education and Certifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration or related field preferred 

Skills and Attributes:

  • Resourceful, innovative, and strategic thinker
  • Strong problem-solving skills combined with a strong work ethic and tenacity
  • Exceptional organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • High initiative, able to assert recommendations and effectively and expediently drive work forward
  • Ability to prioritize initiatives for the greatest strategic impact on the organization and alignment with the organization’s mission
  • Capacity to synthesize large amounts of data and effectively present findings to leadership and area owners
  • Financial aptitude and business acumen, able to read, understand, translate, and create qualitative and quantitative reports related to financial and business performance
  • Superb time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; aptitude to work with a variety of internal and external constituencies
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team on collaborative assignments
  • Ability to exercise discretion with confidential matters and information
  • Fluency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Teams 

Other Requirements:

  • Experience in sports (especially running!) at any level a plus
  • Heart, humor and an appreciation for the value of physical fitness

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer