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Director of Partnership Development

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Job Details
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Company Name
Legends Hospitality
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Chicago, IL 60684
Job Description



Founded in 2008, Legends is a premium experiences company with more than 1,500 full-time and 30,000 seasonal team members globally. Legends has six divisions operating worldwide – Global Planning, Global Sales, Hospitality, Global Partnerships, Global Merchandise, and Global Technology Solutions – offering clients and partners a 360-degree service solution platform to elevate their brand and execute their vision. Currently, Legends works with marquee clients across business verticals including professional sports; collegiate; attractions; entertainment; and conventions and leisure. We are the industry leaders in designing, planning and realizing exceptional experiences in sports and entertainment.


Notre Dame Global Partnerships (NDGP) manages the sales, marketing, sponsorship, premium hospitality, multimedia rights and branding services for the University of Notre Dame’s Athletics programs. A joint venture of JMI Sports and Legends, NDGP is singularly focused on building integrated partnerships with industry-leading brands that share the University’s commitment to both academic and athletic excellence.


The Director of Partnership Development will be primarily responsible for driving new business development as a member of the development team. The Director will also be responsible for individually driving six- and seven- figure, multi-year partnerships. This position will report to the Vice President, Partnership Development.


+ Act as a thought leader and key contributor in NDGP’s business development process.

+ Work with new partnership development team to manage key category development and platform ideation for new and existing partners.

+ Secure and conduct partnership development meetings with potential clients by leveraging relationships as well as cold outreach

+ Aim to understand the marketing and business objectives of prospective clients and their agencies to determine how a partnership with NDGP can help them achieve their goals

+ Work with partnership marketing and other organizational departments to continuously create and implement innovative platforms and assets that will provide incremental revenue opportunities for NDGP.

+ Develop relationships and work directly with key University colleagues to create a collaborative business development process and the opportunity for integrated partnerships. Work with business development team to design high-level vision decks and interactive practice pitch meetings.

+ Maintain accurate reporting processes, procedures and partner database (CRM) management.

+ Build, develop and track robust new revenue pipeline to present to senior leadership and ownership on a weekly/monthly basis.

+ Attend weekly meetings with senior-level executives and provide routine recruit updates.

+ Be a team player and contribute to the general success of NDGP across all facets, including positively representing NDGP among all corporate and University partners.


To perform this job successfully, the candidate must be able to perform each essential duty above at the highest levels. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

+ To perform this job successfully, the candidate must be able to perform each essential duty above at the highest levels. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

+ Minimum of four (4) years of high-level partnership revenue performance preferred selling partnerships for professional, collegiate or media sports property.

+ Strong understanding of the partnership development process, including integrated platform development.

+ A proven track record in pitching, negotiating and closing six and seven-figure sponsorship deals

+ Expert time management skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines on numerous concurrent projects.

+ Excellent spelling, grammar, proofreading skills, and a strong ability to communicate ideas both orally and in writing. Proficient in all Microsoft Office products, KORE Software, and a myriad of third-party research.


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package that includes: medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, paid vacation, and 401k plan.

Legends is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or genetic information.

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