Business Development Associate

Azavea · Philadelphia, PA (temporarily remote due to Covid-19)

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Azavea is a Philadelphia-based firm that designs and develops award-winning custom geospatial software. As a B Corporation, our mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in geospatial technology and apply it for civic, social, and environmental good. Since 2000, we’ve created technologically advanced solutions for geospatial data visualization and analysis and support a broad range of government, academic, commercial, and nonprofit clients. We’re excited about what we do, we're growing, and we hope you will join us to help grow Azavea further. Find out more about careers at Azavea here.

We are looking for someone who is excited about the opportunity to apply technology for good and has a strong desire to develop their business development skills. You will report directly to the VP of Business Development and will work with the Proposals and Contracts Manager, the Marketing Team, and other business development colleagues to cultivate customer and partner relationships that will drive top-line revenue growth. You should be a great listener, a strong visual, written, and spoken communicator, and a creative problem-solver who excels at managing a high volume of tasks with your organization skills. While you will be working closely with a supportive team and manager, you should also be comfortable working independently and demonstrate a strong sense of initiative, ownership, and responsibility.

What you will do:

  • Support the VP of Business Development in designing and executing outreach activities to expand Azavea’s client and partner base in the following sectors that span for-profit, non-profit, government and multilateral organizations: climate change, conservation (forestry, water, wildlife), sustainable development, and civic engagement
  • Deeply understand Azavea's products and services in order to effectively articulate our value to prospective customers
  • Identify target clients via market research and internal conversations with colleagues
  • Conduct initial outreach to target clients and respond to inbound leads
  • Foster relationships with existing and potential clients by gathering post-project feedback and maintaining contact
  • Collaborate with the Marketing Team to create content such as webinars, white papers, blogs, demos, social media posts, etc. to support business development activities and outreach
  • Represent Azavea at external events (post Covid pandemic)

Qualities we are looking for:

  • Commitment to a consultative sales process. This means you: get curious and love to understand the issues clients are facing, build towards a long term relationship, and understanding that this is not transactional sale
  • Proactive and self-motivated in finding opportunities to contribute to a team
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem solve and navigate through ambiguity
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Goal-oriented mindset, able to work individually as well as collectively with a team
  • Resourceful and can think outside the box
  • Meticulous organization and documentation skills
  • Desire to grow professionally in terms of your technical and business knowledge

You get extra points for:

  • Knowledge of GIS, software engineering, satellite/drone imagery, or machine learning
  • Specific domain knowledge in climate change, conservation, sustainable development, new space, civic engagement
  • Previous experience with large government or nonprofit organization grant and proposal writing
  • Experience administering databases or software solutions for an organization (such as HubSpot, mySQL, Salesforce, etc.)
A note on hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Due to regulations in Philadelphia and our concern for our team’s health and safety, we will be conducting all interviews remotely for the foreseeable future. While most of our staff generally work out of our Philadelphia office, we have transitioned the entire company to remote work. If the office remains closed at the time of hiring, we have made arrangements for remote onboarding, including shipping relevant materials and a laptop to homes. We are fortunate to have invested in meaningful work-from-home tools and processes over the years and have been able to continue providing a secure, flexible, and safe work environment for all of our colleagues. We ask for your patience as we adapt our hiring process as well, and we are happy to answer any questions or concerns about the process.

Office and Benefits

Our Philadelphia headquarters is located in a brightly lit office on the 5th floor of a converted factory building in the Callowhill neighborhood, a short walk from Center City, the Reading Terminal Market, and SEPTA subway and regional rail stations. For bicyclists, we have in-house bike parking, showers, and lockers. The office itself is assembled as an open office plan with many smaller rooms and flexible spaces for team meetings and concentration time. You get your own desk with a Linux workstation or Apple laptop and extra monitors. We have flex-time to deal with personal stuff, and most people work a 40 - 45 hour week on a regular schedule. After the first six months, our staff can also spend up to 10% of their time on an open-source, professional development, or R&D project. Recent 10% time projects have included experiments with data automation and Google Data Studio as well as learning projects on marketing and product management.

We offer a salary commensurate with skills and experience and a benefits package that includes:

  • Fully subsidized health care, dental care, prescription plan, including for spouse/partner and children
  • Fully subsidized life and long-term disability insurance, plus voluntary short-term disability insurance
  • Medical reimbursement plan to cover what the health insurance does not
  • Retirement plan with matching percentage
  • Almost 4 weeks paid vacation plus additional paid sick/personal time off
  • Family and medical leave
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Paid parental leave
  • Child care subsidy
  • Paid time off for voting and volunteering
  • Education assistance plan
  • Student loan assistance
  • Public transit and biking reimbursement plans
  • Monthly guest lectures with lunches on the company
  • 10% time for research or learning projects
  • Profit-sharing bonus plan
  • Financial transparency through an open book policy
  • Kind, capable and thoughtful colleagues

We welcome qualified candidates from all walks of life and value diversity in our company. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, military service, disability unrelated to job requirements, marital status, or domestic partner status.

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