Business Development Associate

Bethlehem, PA Full-time $38000.00-$44000.00/year

Are having artistic, cultural, educational, and FUN experiences available in your local community something you value? If so, we have good news, you can be that cool person on the block that helps make glass blowing, art exhibits, and festivals accessible to all in the Lehigh Valley. We’re hiring a Business Development Associate here at ArtsQuest to manage and grow partnerships and cultivate new sponsor relationships to continue bringing exciting events to the local area.

What you’ll do

  • Collaborate with leadership and other team members to prospect new partners and actively promote our mission while also growing the support of existing partners
  • Assist in developing and implementing creative sponsorship concepts and proposals and presenting to corporate and business decision-makers
  • Negotiate and manage in-kind / trade partnerships with area restaurants and vendor partners
  • Maintain and sustain event participation/creation and growth of events such as Cars and Coffee, SangriaFest, TacoFest, etc.
  • Cultivate relationships through attendance of networking events as a representative of ArtsQuest
  • Secure print and digital advertisers along with mobile marketers, both nationally and locally, for ArtsQuest festivals and events
  • Invite and host prospective partners at ArtsQuest Events

What you need to thrive in this role

  • 1-3 years of similar work experience in sales and marketing, economic or community development, or fundraising in a non-profit environment, or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, business administration or related field
  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours such as evenings, weekends and holidays during festivals and events
  • Must love to network. Experience or knowledge of the Lehigh Valley, its leading business corporations and its non-profit and government institutions and leaders
  • Previous experience or knowledge of sponsorship in events, festivals, sports and/or non-profit programs strongly preferred
  • Goal-oriented and driven to achieve and exceed results
  • Think on your feet, and creatively problem solve
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality with sensitive information
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience working with Blackbaud Products, especially Raiser’s Edge in a plus
  • Experience understanding and selling advertising packages is a plus

About us

ArtsQuest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide access to exceptional artistic, cultural, and educational experiences using arts and culture as key elements of economic development for our urban communities.

Through festivals such as our flagship event, Musikfest; Banana Factory Arts Center; ArtsQuest Center and SteelStacks arts and cultural campus, ArtsQuest’s programming reaches more than 1.9 million people annually. Our programs and events, approximately 50 percent of which are free to attend, have a combined economic impact of more than $136 million annually in the region.

Our Culture:

We maintain a culture of C.A.R.E.S.; Creativity, Adaptability, Risk Taking, Evaluation and Sustainability. In addition, ArtsQuest has very high standards for accountability and ownership of all of our employees’ actions, whose contributions to the organization all relate to customer service. It is our goal to deliver the most exceptional experiences to both our internal and external customers. We work hard, but we play harder. It’s the reason we’re here!


· Medical, dental, vision, term life, and disability insurance

· 403(b)-retirement savings plan

· Paid time off and sick time

· Discounts on select organizational programs and events

The compensation range for this role is: $38,000- $44,000

ArtsQuest is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our employees are the most valuable assets we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees and volunteers invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and the organization’s achievement as well.

At ArtsQuest, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees feel valued and respected whatever their age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or veteran status. We embrace and encourage our employees’ characteristics that make them unique, because we value and appreciate diverse life experiences.

ArtsQuest is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, EOE, M/F/LGBTQ/Disability/Vet.

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