Sales and Service Manager – University of Maryland - The Aspire Group (College Park · MD)

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Job Title:
Manager, Sales and Service
Reports To:
Director, Sales and Service
Location:
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Expiration Date:  06/11/2021

Who We Are & What We Are About:
Aspire is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our human capital is our most valuable asset, and we embrace and encourage our employees’ differences.

Recently recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work in Sports, The Aspire Group is a global sport and entertainment marketing firm that created the outsourced Ticket Marketing, Sales and Service niche, revolutionizing the world of sport and in particular United States Intercollegiate Athletics. As industry leaders, we strive to create the best practices of tomorrow that we call “Next-Practices” within our strategic consulting and research, ticketing, marketing and revenue enhancement, and sports investment optimization capabilities. The implementation of “Next Practices” and the Raise Your Game Executive Development Program raises industry standards through outstanding training, development, and coaching. We produce industry leaders, excellent employees, and winning teams that are dedicated to developing long-term relationships, providing strategic expertise and resources that will take our partners to the next level.  For more information, please visit our website at www.theaspiregroupinc.com.

Partnership:
University of Maryland Athletics and The Aspire Group have formed a relationship to develop a world-class ticket sales team in College Park, Maryland Athletics has employed the services of The Aspire Group because it combines progressive strategies and distinguished execution. Led by expert professionals that stand at the top of the ticket sales and customer service industry, Maryland Athletics and its fans benefit from the commitment to integrity and the superior customer service that The Aspire Group brings to every client.  Maryland Athletics and The Aspire Group encourage and value a diverse work force and both are equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview:
University of Maryland Athletics and The Aspire Group seek a Manager of Sales and Service with the responsibility of managing staff, overseeing ticket sales responsibilities for all ticketed sports to generate new revenue and service existing accounts, and selling.  The Manager will be integral in the development of ticket sales and service strategies.  This position requires someone who is highly motivated to contribute to the overall ticket sales and service efforts, passionate about staff leadership and development, and committed to preserving a culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees.

The Manager will also sell ticketed sports including, but not limited to Football, Men and Women’s Basketball, and a full menu of products – Season Tickets, Suites, Premium Seats, Donations, Groups, Mini Plans, and Single Game Tickets.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Utilizing a nondiscriminatory approach that provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement, embracing and encouraging our employees’ differences, and championing an environment where every team member feels valued:    
  • Recruit and hire a team with diversity of age, race and ethnicity, gender, experiences, thinking styles, perspectives etc. 
  •  Train and supervise Sales and Service staff. 
  • Monitor, manage and evaluate staff performance on an ongoing basis; establish and communicate clear sales revenue and training goals, follow up with appropriate feedback and direction for development.  
  • Lead, motivate, develop and retain Sales and Service staff for future succession within the department and The Aspire Group organization. 
  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of the new Fan Relationship Management Center profitably while exceeding client expectations in revenue generation and customer service.
  • Ensure adherence to all Company Policies, including an acute focus on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Discrimination and Harassment policies, engaging with Human Resources as appropriate. 
  • Sell tickets for ticketed sports through outbound, inbound and renewal sales. 
  • Prospect and target new sales opportunities to include season tickets, group tickets and donations.
  • Be responsible for personal sales goals and contributing to annual revenue growth.
  • Leads in the development of ticket marketing, promotions, ticket pricing, sales strategies and community ticket/sampling programs, etc.
  • Assist with the creation, planning, communication, and implementation of special ticket plans, projects, promotions and programs.
  • Work with the university liaison to develop, present and communicate ticket sales strategies, procedures and processes. 
  • Ongoing development of New Ticket Sales and Ticket Service program in the following areas: new business generation, season tickets, sales leadership, development of sales and service strategies, sales and service training, development of best practices and results tracking and reporting.
  • Develop and execute approved Annual Business and Sales Plan and Operating Budget.
  • Manage a book of business of donors and season ticket holders.
  • Track and report daily, weekly and monthly sales figures and relevant accountability. 
  • Serve as a member of the external operations team. 
  • Grow business each year.

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • 1-2 years of sports ticket sales experience with a minimum of 1 year in Ticket Sales. or Service/Ticketing Management/Team Leader preferred.
  • Computer proficient (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook) and detail-oriented.
  • Experience with ticketing software and CRM program preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation, and listening skills.
  • Ability to effectively coach and manage others.
  • Strong organizational, administrative and time management skills.
  • Belief that a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, equity and fairness that enables individuals to contribute to their full potential, feel valued, and supported is key to success; personally, professionally and for the company. 
  • Ability to work well with others and confidence when taking initiative.
  • Professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Available to work Athletic events including home games and special events in evenings and on weekends.
  • Other duties as required.

Compensation: Competitive base salary with the opportunity to earn commission/bonus upon meeting or exceeding ticket sales goals. Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, other voluntary health benefits and 401k. Excellent paid time off program.

The Aspire Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, citizenship status or age.