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Business Development Associate

at Sustainable Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, CA   —   Jul 15, 2014   |  
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About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV):
SSV is leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future through collaboration with local government agencies, businesses, and community organizations to identify and address these highest-priority environmental issues. We do this by engaging prominent Valley organizations to proactively work toward self-imposed goals of reducing regional CO2 emissions and water use --and helping them translate those goals into measurable results.

Position: Business Development Associate
Type: Non-Compensated, Volunteer Position
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/week, 3-6 months
Reports to: Business Development Director

About the position:

The Business Development Associate is responsible for expanding our partner networks and will work closely with and report to the Managing Director and/or Executive Director. We are interested in meeting candidates demonstrating strong marketing experience and sales skills, effective management and follow through skills and demonstrated experience addressing environmental and/or sustainability issues. It is preferred that the candidate has his/her own laptop and communications tools.

This is a volunteer position, which offers qualified candidates the opportunity to gather experience and to prove their capabilities in a non-profit organization environment engaging with Bay Area companies of all sizes in the field of sustainability. The ideal candidate should commit a minimum of 10-20 hours per week working at the SSV Santa Clara office location.

In return for the volunteer hours, the benefits to the volunteer candidate include, but are not limited to the following: job reference letter from the Executive Director of SSV, experience gained while volunteering on various projects, networking opportunities, and resume entry. Most importantly, you will be helping the organization work towards its vision of a sustainable region, a thriving economy, a healthy environment and socially equitable community.
Developing and implementing an effective strategic marketing plan
Networking and follow-through to establish new partnering and business relationships
Overseeing and improving business development processes workflow, tools and performance reporting
Managing the development of successful proposals
Maintain confidentiality in all aspects of partner, staff and agency information.
Minimum 3 years to 5 years' Business Development experience (ideally with at least 1 year in Cleantech)
Ability to collaborate in a team setting and contribute to team goals.
Self-directed with strong time management, planning and organization skills
Good communication skills in interaction with partners, colleagues and visitors.
Effective analytic and follow-through skills to manage processes and individuals to achieve results
Impeccable attention to detail in order to ensure accuracy of financial and other information
Flexible and able to maintain equilibrium while managing competing deadlines and priorities
Resourceful and able to find creative solutions, thinking beyond current systems and approaches toward continual improvement
Technically savvy and adept at learning new software programs
Proficient with MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite
Experienced with CRM software. Experience with WordPress would be a plus
Non-compensated volunteer position
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