Business Development Specialist
About Village Book Builders
The Story of Village Book Builders starts with the simple love of books. It’s easy to forget all the incredible things access to books have brought us. Books taught us how to read, which is essential to our personal growth & development. A deeper look shows us that books taught us to think critically, build empathy, grow imaginations, and help us build brighter futures.
We know that not all children have access to the educational resources they need and that not having access to books is just the beginning. After years of studying this issue, we know that students in developing areas don’t always attend schools with the proper resources needed to help them grow; they don’t experience appropriate teacher-to-student ratios needed so each student can thrive, and often experience dangers when traveling far just to attend school (particularly young girls). These issues cause local learning cultures to deteriorate and often result in an increase in teen pregnancy rates, all of which impact a community’s ability to economically and sustainably thrive.
That’s why we created Village Book Builders: A non-profit organization aimed at reducing the student dropout rates through increased personal interaction with mentors and improved educational resources.
Today we call this Hope Through Education.
Start Date: As soon as filled
Time Commitment: 12+ hours per week
Supervisor: Business Development Manager
Applicants do not need to have all of the qualifications or experience listed below, but a willingness to learn is essential. The ideal applicant will have the following traits:
- Pursuing or holding a degree in Sale, Business, PR or similar fields
- Sales/business development experience is highly preferred
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Self-starter and passionate about making a difference
- High commitment to the values of Honesty and Respect
- Drive to make a difference in the world
- Work with the Business Development team to increase the number of partnerships within the community in Utah
- Develop and execute placement strategy for book donation bins within Utah
The Business Development Specialist must be a charismatic, engaging person. The main role will be to forge strong relationships between Village Book Builders and the community. The main focus areas will be Colleges, City Offices, and School Districts.
Applicants need to understand and help develop an initial market strategy. A large part of the job will be gaining permission to place donation bins and boxes and then analysing the effectiveness of the locations and modifying placements as needed (Bins are large metal bins and boxes are cardboard boxes). These will be put out based on permission given by Colleges, the City, School Districts, Libraries, Book Stores and other companies that would be willing to work with us. The applicant will be in charge of helping to allocate the boxes as well as identify the need to relocate them if they are underperforming or are not able to meet capacity demands.
Public Relations skills preferred. The Applicant will need to excel at interpersonal communication and be able to meet individuals and network with the communities and develop a good public image of Village Book Builders.
The applicant will be responsible for forming and maintaining our relationship with colleges and schools across Utah. Working with professors, teachers, departments, the university bookstores, and others to get book donations and be approved to put donation boxes/bins in/around the schools.