Director of Business Development Posted Aug 04
Arizona State University , Tempe, AZ
Job Description
The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives (WSSI) is seeking an experienced sustainability professional to develop leads, cultivate prospects, define projects, and manage existing client relationships for the Global Solutions Service, a university-based practice modeled on the agricultural extension service. This service is focused on co-developing solutions to sustainability problems by engaging government agencies, businesses and international development agencies to co-fund, pilot and scale sustainability technologies, processes and business models. As Director of Business Development the incumbent will be responsible for building a pipeline of high-value projects both domestically and globally. International and domestic travel required.

Essential Duties
• Leads business development efforts for the Solution Service and coordinates with related University units such as the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, International Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations.
• Facilitates discussions and co-creates projects with funders, WSSI staff, teams of faculty, clients, and partners.
• Develops leads, cultivates prospects, and coordinates proposals to secure a robust pipeline of funded projects.
• Collaborates with other WSSI teams on outreach, conference presentations, and public engagement such as the Sustainability Solutions Festival.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications
Prefer Master’s degree or PhD in Sustainability, Business, International Development, or related field
Experience in:
• Business development
• Consulting practice
• Team building
• Facilitation

Demonstrated knowledge of:
• Sustainability in civic and business context
Evidence of:
• Working with varied stakeholders from academia, business, public, and not-for-profit sectors

Department Statement
The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives are the result of a $27.5 million investment in Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability by the Walton Family Foundation. Within the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators collaborate to deliver sustainability solutions, accelerate global impact, and inspire future leaders through seven distinct yet complimentary programs initiatives. For more information visit

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability conducts research, education, and problem-solving related to sustainability, with a special focus on urban environments. The Institute initiates and nurtures work on issues of sustainability across many departments on the four campuses of ASU, and collaborates with other academic institutions, governments, businesses and industries, and community groups locally, nationally, and globally.

ASU Statement
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Employment Verification Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent up successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply
Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated. Apply at and search for requisition ID 34528BR.

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ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

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