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Group Lead, Business Development @ADVOC8
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[Hiring] Group Lead, Business Development @ADVOC8

Apr 11, 2023 - ADVOC8 is hiring a remote Group Lead, Business Development. 📍Location: USA.

In Brief:

ADVOC8 is looking for an experienced Group Lead, Business Development to lead all net-new client origination and development, as part of a comprehensive plan to drive regularly-recurring sales growth for the agency. The ideal candidate for this role will be a self-starter who is naturally adept at designing and managing robust outbound lead generation efforts, utilizing a wide variety of tactics to advance prospecting and conversion in an agency environment.

This person is comfortable with a consultative approach to sales, nurturing authentic relationships while identifying opportunities for growth. As the leader of the agency’s Business Development team, this individual can leverage internal and external resources effectively to power regular sales generation and conversion, while also identifying opportunities for increased effectiveness and efficiency.


The Role:

As the senior-most leader within ADVOC8’s Business Development team, reporting to the Head of Revenue, the Group Lead, Business Development is responsible for effectively building the net-new business development plan for the agency. This individual will be responsible for relentlessly planning, developing and optimizing the overall strategy, while also rolling up their sleeves and contributing to sales generation and conversion directly. This person will contribute to the development of agency sales materials and serve as a lead representative in initial meetings with prospective clients, leveraging ADVOC8’s Foundations Team as appropriate to design project approaches, scopes and budgets. This role also requires a fluent understanding of the agency’s CRM, leveraged for data-driven insights and further optimization, with an opportunity to shape or amend the CRM’s architecture and functionality, if desired..

This person deeply understands ADVOC8’s industry, objectives and nuances, ensuring that sales efforts are set up for success with persuasive, cohesive materials that enhance the agency’s reputation while also driving sales. They excel at elite-level sales strategy, drawing from a versatile background to understand a variety of client types regardless of industry, and identifying optimal areas for collaboration.

Though their primary contribution is reflected in their success developing a consistent influx of new clients for the agency, this role extends to also include leadership responsibilities within the overall Engagement Group, designing and/or assisting with internal and external initiatives, generating regular ideas to enhance outbound sales efforts amongst all stakeholders and utilizing data to optimize efforts.


Who We Are:

ADVOC8 is an experiential communications agency. We work with corporate brands, nonprofits and associations to tell their stories by transforming existing mediums into divergent experiences that build lasting connections. We use the power of strategy-based experiential storytelling to partner with brands boldly seeking to change perceptions, actions and beliefs. We prefer to push boundaries with our creative and innovate beyond traditional expectations, while offering a fluid project management process supported by senior-level oversight and collaboration.

We build lasting relationships with our clients and consider ourselves extensions of their team. At ADVOC8, our approach to creativity is collaborative. All ideas are welcome, curiosity is encouraged and growth is a priority.



  • Lead the development and execution of overall new client sales strategy for the agency
  • Oversee all targeted outbound prospecting strategies, while individually supporting your own origination portfolio in the following ways:
    • Designing tailored pitches for Fortune 100 brand clients and leading each opportunity through to conversion
    • Build and maintain strong, credible, and authentic relationships with prospective clients, partnering with those contacts to understand their business objectives and challenges in order to identify opportunities aligned with agency services
    • Coordinate with Foundations Team members to develop an overall creative approach, deal framework, scoping and pricing, packaged within a compelling and persuasive proposal
    • Ensure proposals are successfully tailored to client objectives, persuasively delivered and followed up in a timely manner
    • Assist with qualification and conversion of inbound sales opportunities
  • Partner with and coach others in the organization on effective sales strategies and techniques, especially any direct report(s); develop out and maintain a consistent and compelling approach for new client sales conversion
  • Establish regular reporting processes to provide actionable insights and ROI measurement
  • Relentlessly monitor and prioritize efforts to drive outsized lead generation and sales growth
  • Understand category-specific landscape and trends, gathering and reporting insights on factors that have the potential to shift prospective clients’ tactical budgets or needs
  • Work with colleagues in the Engagement Group to build and maintain target customer lists and client information within agency CRM platform
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with colleagues on brand initiatives, templated external-facing content and easy-to-find internal resources
  • Pro-actively engage across departments as necessary (e.g. Client Services, Creative, Strategy, Project Operations) to optimize efforts and create cohesive external-facing products
  • Ensure that ADVOC8 values and priorities are being considered in how our agency and its work is described and shown
  • Serve as a senior advocate internally for ongoing process and quality improvements resulting in highly strategic and responsive proposals, improved win rates and a more seamless business development process
  • Support other sales engagement activity within the Business Development team’s portfolio, as needed

This role is accountable for:

  • Meeting quarterly or annual new client sales targets
  • Shared responsibility towards overall Business Development team target for quarterly or annual New Client sales (inbound or outbound)
  • Establishing sustainable, repeatable processes for agency sales strategy long-term
  • Maintaining positive relationships with team members


  • 10+ years of experience in an agency or brand environment with substantive experience in experiential marketing, brand communications, and/or advocacy
  • 7+ years of experience developing and implementing sales initiatives in an agency or brand environment
  • Track record of establishing strong relationships with senior-level executives and decision-makers at major brands and associations
  • Natural, authentic sales ability, with a bias towards a consultative approach that tees up a seamless handoff to agency project team
  • Self-starter mindset, able to work independently or collaboratively as needed to meet established sales targets
  • Strong organizational skills, able to track progress and incorporate data to drive sales funnel planning and optimization
  • Adept at working within existing CRM system and agency marketing efforts to complement outbound sales initiatives
  • Superb communicator, both verbally and in writing, with excellent listening, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to smartly prioritize, coordinate with others, and adhere to deadlines
  • Committed to accountability on key performance metrics across the team, including revenue performance, client satisfaction and team satisfaction
  • Comfortable traveling 10-20% or more, as needed
  • Psyched to help create the foundation for a dynamic agency’s next chapter of growth
  • And, most importantly… aligned with ADVOC8’s core values:
    • Better Together - Collaborative soul who’s open to new ideas, sharing successes and being part of a team
    • Level Up - High standards, never settling for the status quo or what we did last time
    • Hustle Smarter - Entrepreneurial, roll-up-your-sleeves spirit, tempered by the courage to identify smarter ways of doing things
    • Celebrate Differences - Highly empathetic personality who values individual perspectives
    • Outcome Over Income - Extensive experience and demonstrated success in client relationship management
    • Protect the Respect - Navigates conflict with an emphasis on transparency and diplomacy
    • Engineer Exceptional Value - Inspired by outside-the-box thinking that yields outstanding ROI for our clients and projects
    • Embrace Change - Recognize situations that require flexibility and craft creative solutions on the fly


  • Collaborative and creative work environment
  • Competitive base salary, with additional performance based incentives
  • Health Insurance: medical, dental and vision insurance
  • 401k, FSA and stipend for mobile phone usage
  • Professional development and training reimbursements
  • Unlimited vacation and personal time
  • Paid parental leave


We have transitioned from a once Washington D.C.-based agency to being Washington, D.C.-born. This position is not location-based, though travel may occasionally be required for business development, pitches, and team offsites. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.; at this time, we are not able to provide sponsorship.


ADVOC8 is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to achieving a diverse workforce and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind: ADVOC8 is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at ADVOC8 are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status or any other status protected under federal, state or local law. ADVOC8 will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

About The Company
ADVOC8 The platform leading Government Relations teams use to connect the dots.

At ADVOC8, we partner with brands that dare to boldly pursue their vision to change people’s perceptions, actions and beliefs.

We believe that a meaningful experience—whether offline or online, and in any medium—not only captures attention in ways that nothing else can right now, but creates unforgettable moments that result in deeper connections and enduring loyalty.

We are a team of problem solvers and creators who share an unwavering commitment to making experiences that have an impact. All ideas are welcome, curiosity is encouraged and growth is a priority

We produce our best work through collaboration and open communication. On our team, everyone is trusted with ownership of their work and the opportunity to lead is present at every level.

We love a good challenge and are persistent and resourceful in solving tough problems for our clients. We have the will, so there’s always a way. If this sounds like you then you’re in the right place.

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