Chicago Red Stars

Chicago Red Stars

Manager, Corporate Partnership Development

Chicago Red Stars - Manager
Chicago · IL
Communications/Community Relations: Corporate Communications
The Manager, Corporate Partnership Development is the primary Corporate Partnership Sales lead for the Chicago Red Stars. This position generates revenue through securing innovative partnerships dependent on relationship building, collaboration, and executing a consultative approach to meeting the needs of our partners.
  • Establish corporate partnership leads, doing consistent outreach via email, LinkedIn, networking, sending unique mailers, extending event invites, involvement in outside organizations and industry contacts
  • Conduct in-depth needs analysis and discovery meetings that lead to building a comprehensive and solutions-based partnership proposal. 
  • Project manage the proposal process, working cross-functionally to gain approvals, then building the proposal.
  • Own and drive annual new business revenue targets by utilizing a consultative sales approach in partnering with new strategic partners
  • Source and develop new Corporate Partnerships, then closely manage the hand-off process to the Manager, Account Activation, who will then manage and renew the partnerships
  • Maximize partnership revenue by working closely with the Manager, Account Activation, to understand category and asset opportunities
  • Negotiate key business terms and contracts with new partners 
  • Define expense budgets related to the implementation and execution of corporate partnership agreements
  • Showcase Chicago Red Stars partnership opportunities for prospects during game days and special events
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders on corporate partner-related programs that are beneficial to the entire organization
  • Develop strategic partnerships that are innovative and impactful
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year university
  • Minimum of 3 years of direct corporate partnership/sponsorship sales responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple initiatives simultaneously
  • Demonstrated strong oral, written, and presentation/communication skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
  • Submission of two (2) examples of mutually beneficial corporate partnerships 
  • Ability to publish a list of business contacts and prospects to be sourced in partnership outreach
  • Ability to work a non-traditional schedule to include evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed
  • Advanced Degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in sales or business-related field from an accredited 4-year university
  • A positive team member who displays a passion for their craft, an openness to learning, and a superior work ethic
  • Sales Experience with a sports property or league (sponsorships/partnerships experience preferred)
  • Experience using market research tools such as Nielsen Sports, YouGov, SponsorUnited
  • CRM experience ( preferred)
  • Photoshop proficiency 
We are an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Job Questions:

  1. What interested you the most about the Chicago Red Stars?

  2. How many years of related experience do you have for this role?

  3. What is your interest or experience in Corporate Partnerships and Business Development?

  4. Are you available to work evenings, weekends, and occasional holidays?