Headline: Bennett Day School is looking for a Director of Business Development at Bennett Labs in this new position to build and drive sales and business development for our innovation program where we bring to market K-12 products and services created in our ‘lab’ school. The Director will also serve as Chief of Staff to the CEO. The position is open to be filled now.
Summary: Reporting directly to the CEO, this position is responsible for entrepreneurial growth of Bennett Labs, where we uniquely research, design, and create K-12 products and services born out of our own needs at school that we bring to market for educators, schools, students, and families. The Director will be responsible for building the sales and business development functions for Bennett Labs and creatively building out the team and resources needed to achieve lofty business development milestones and revenue targets. As Chief of Staff, the Director will shadow and support the CEO in overall strategic direction and management at Bennett Day School with opportunities for growth in C-level responsibilities.
This position allows aspiring entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs to gain or further deepen C-level experience. Candidates must have an MBA and a robust track record in business development, operations, or sales management of exceeding goals and expectations. Excellent judgment, decision-making, and communication skills are expected. Good humor, accountability, humility, tact, and integrity are required. This position is responsible for leading projects and getting them finished with a scrappy ‘get it done’ attitude and growth mindset.
Base pay and incentive compensation discussed in the first phone call with CEO.
Health, dental, and vision benefits.
401(k) with matching.
Tuition benefit at Bennett Day School.
About Us: Bennett Day School is a PreK through 12th grade progressive, learning organization in Chicago inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, where students and teachers construct learning together. Opened in 2014, learning at our school is documented in a unique digital portfolio of student work utilized to personalize education. Families and world-class faculty are passionate school ambassadors. Nominated for the Chicago Innovation Awards, Bennett Day School built its flagship campus in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago in a vibrant urban setting to utilize the city as an extension of our classrooms and labs.
A lab school partner to Northwestern University, Bennett Day harnesses its school as a lab to develop new K-12 products and services via Bennett Labs that raise the bar at large for educational expectations. Bennett Labs then generates resources in unique and creative ways for our school community and its stakeholders. A member of Conscious Capitalism, Bennett Day is a tax-paying social enterprise backed by the Code Family Foundation, Wintrust, Chicago ArchAngels, Chicago Capital Partners and others with a passion to shape education as it was meant to be, and now needs to become, to prepare our children for the next century.
This role will report to and work directly with CEO / School Parent / Co-Founder, Cameron Smith.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Protected Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities.
Applicable Requirements: We are looking for what you’ve achieved in your career and how you’ll apply it with us versus the # of years you did ‘x’:
An MBA is required. Intellectual curiosity is a must. You are a self-starter with drive.
A can-do, get-it-done attitude with exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills.
Superior track record of achievement in sales, business development, or operations. You are excellent at generating leads, driving yields via a funnel, working inside a CRM, etc.
Exceptional at speaking persuasively either one-on-one or to a crowd and thinking on your feet. Administrators, principals, heads of school, CEOs of K-12 product distributors, etc. would all be convinced they want they learn more after you meet or deliver a presentation.
Strong organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple priorities and the ability to work under pressure while maintaining the highest professional standards.
Excellent verbal/written skills, be it to create content for our board or on behalf of our CEO.
Ability to work easily with all levels of employees, management, and board of directors.
Availability to work the times required as many industry- and school-related events occur on nights/weekends, and Bennett Labs will require travel for conferences, meetings, etc.
Experience in K-12 education is beneficial or from other social enterprise sectors.
About Bennett Day School
Bennett Day School is a new PreK-12 independent school in the heart of Chicago. Currently operating grades PreK, JK, SK, and First, Bennett Day School is founded with progressive roots. A fundamental and driving force behind our Reggio Emilia-inspired program is the belief that children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. We are committed to advancing creativity, leadership and a love of learning for students and teachers.