Partner in Publishing is seeking an Associate Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Higher Education, on behalf of our client, an industry-leading professional products and services company offering domain expertise in teaching and learning solutions. 

The ideal AVP is responsible for contributing to and executing the sales strategy for our higher education market, by leveraging industry relations and an in-depth understanding of the higher education challenges and potential.   

Candidates must have experience in selling to university or college Presidents, Chief Academic Officers, Provosts, and others in the organization’s leadership. 

A very good understanding of the procurement process, grants, budgeting, and program design is a must. 

Candidates with a track record in selling instructional design services, LMS products, BI products, and/or other teaching and learning products are preferred. 

Candidates must have excellent selling skills and an understanding of consultative sales processes, focusing on building long-term business and strategic partnerships with higher education institutions. Must have experience in enabling revenue of $10 Million +. 

The role is remote, and US Eastern time zone is preferred.

Market Focus 

  • Traditional universities and colleges 
  • Community Colleges 
  • Online Universities 
  • Colleges with Blended or Hybrid Programs 
  • Micro-credentials 
  • Online Program Management (OPM) companies
  • MOOC companies
  • Competency-Based Education focused institutions
  • Workforce Skills and Workforce Education for HE institutions 

Essential Functions

  • Network with industry leaders, advisors, and consultants. 
  • Collaborate on the business unit market strategy. 
  • Define individual account strategy and work closely with executive leadership to deliver. 
  • Build sales teams and processes aligned to the sales strategy and mentor team members. 
  • Define prospect list, and pursue leads.
  • Create a pipeline of opportunities, manage funnel, and direct pre-sales/bid teams to craft winning bids
  • Direct inside sales and marketing campaigns. 
  • Manage sales teams. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with:
    • Executive leadership and industry leaders. 
    • Teams across all our global locations. 
    • Marketing and operations. 
  • Achieve targets assigned for prospecting, client conversions and revenue. 
  • Manage forecast and sales pipeline reporting on a regular basis. 


  • Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree in marketing, communications, business, or a related field preferred.
  • 15+ years of experience in Higher Education selling products and services to traditional colleges.
  • Consistently handled sales targets in excess of $10 million and exceeded the targets. 
  • Proven leadership and selling skills, understanding of sales processes.
  • Excellent analytical skills and consultative selling ability. 
  • Experience managing market expectations, understanding client requirements, managing the bid process with sales support and enabling a winning bid. 
  • Excellent hunting skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, influential negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and staff to create a high-quality results-driven, team-oriented environment. 
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours with minimal supervision. 
  • Proficient in MS Office and Google Applications, as well as standard business, communication, mobile, and presentation tools for virtual teams (i.e., Google Workspace, Chat/Meet & Currents, and Zoom). 

Work Conditions 

  • Travel required (up to 50%), may include overnight travel. 
  • Coordination with the teams primarily in India would demand early morning calls/meetings. 
  • The work environment is primarily indoors at home, and as needed, at a client’s office or other settings, with minimal to moderate noise; travel will include exposure to outdoor environmental elements. 
  • Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to sit regularly, stand, walk, reach, and use hands to operate computers and other office equipment. Occasionally lift or exert force up to 25 lbs. 
Job Category: Sales
Market: Higher Education
Location: U.S. Based
Type: External

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