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World Future Society

Partnership & Business Development Director at World Future Society

Chicago · Full Time

WFS is a global community of individuals and organizations united around our shared interests and our deep dedication to using a futurist mindset to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

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Job Description


You will work directly with the COO to identify and close new partnerships, corporate responsibility sponsors and individual donations.

Unlike other nonprofits, we move fast and iterate continuously. You will be a critical member of the team that feels confident owning the management of large B2B sales deals. You have experience building a business development strategy and know how to successfully hit sales objectives. You approach updating your CRM with the same gusto as delivering an exciting sales presentation to a VIP stakeholder. You know how to play in a startup environment, support your fellow team members and rally key stakeholders to your cause.

You will own:

> Nationwide partnerships for our global labs and chapters program - sourcing and closing
> B2B sales of annual conference sponsorship
> Peer partnerships - working with complementary organizations on synergistic impact programming
> Work with COO and Chair of Fundraising Committee on annual business development strategy and budget
> Sales collateral and deck creation
> Sourcing additional (non-funding) resources for impact programs
> Relationships with high-level companies and individuals
> Close partnerships for the member partner perks program
> CRM database of potential partners, sponsors and donors
> Communication strategies with key stakeholders
> Management of grant writers for special opportunities
> Lead and inspire our members, our Board of Directors and everyone you meet who asks you about WFS!


> Sales Guru. You thrive on building relationships, finding deals and closing sales.
> A Connector. You quickly see how both sides can achieve value and have a brilliant instinct for synergies between both companies and individuals.
> An Extrovert. You get your energy from being around others. People are your fuel.
> You are an executor. You strategize, plan and conquer. Whatever it takes to get it done. When it needs to get done. There is always a solution.
> A natural leader. You know how to lead a community and inspire them. Even though you won’t have a full-time staff, you know how to lead volunteers and motivate them.
> Data-driven. You know how to track sales KPIs, build a strong analysis and use it to accomplish your objectives.
> Transparent. You know when to say you’ve made a mistake, you recover quickly and move on to keep creating great work.
> Authentic. You know yourself. What you like, don’t like. Your values. Your boundaries and your unique abilities.

> 5-8+ years of business development experience, partnership or B2B sales
> Experience closing 6-figure B2B or partnership deals
> Excellent excel skills and understanding of P&L statements
> Experience building, managing or working with a C-level executive

TO APPLY: Please submit;
1. Your Resume
2. Mini-Essay <500 Words that begins with “I imagine a future where…”
3. Mini-Essay <500 Words that begins with “The accomplishment I am most proud of is…”
*Think there is something else we should know about you? Throw it into your (very short) email intro.

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What We're Building

We believe in uniting the architects of the future.

The World Future Society is the world’s premier community of future-minded citizens. A 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1966, the organization is driven by three critical objectives;

1) Uniting people passionate about building their desired futures through an ecosystem of members, chapters and partners.
2) Advocating to bring to public awareness the world's major challenges. We ignite the futurist mindset in those who no longer want to be bystanders.
3) Building global labs where futurists of all types are able to produce solutions, that are not solely reactive to the present, but to architect new systems that make the broken ones obsolete.

Our membership is made up of futurists of all types; entrepreneurs, executives, forecasters, economists, scientists, students, parents, and conscious citizens. We are united by our shared desire to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

The future is yours to build.

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