The Class Foundation is looking to expand its European platform with an entrepreneurial Partnerships & Business Development personnel. We are a partnership-driven foundation dedicated to improving student living. Your role is to work with new and existing partners to develop collaborations, memberships, and sponsorship opportunities for conferences, research initiatives, and events within the student accommodation sector. Our team is based in and around Amsterdam, but we work with partners across the continent, attending and hosting events in major European cities throughout the year. The ideal candidate demonstrates expertise in community growth, sales/acquisitions, and commercial strategy. We’re on the lookout for someone with a knack for networking; a social, engaging, and organised team player to manage the wants and needs of both internal and external stakeholders.
As higher education increasingly globalises, the way in which universities, cities, and countries attract and retain talent is also evolving. Our foundation is one of Europe’s largest aggregators of key players in student housing, higher education, and urban development. Our curated community of operators, investors, suppliers, and policy-makers is a growing network with a shared mission to identify the challenges and opportunities that will shape student living in the decades to come. Primarily, we act as a knowledge platform, initiating research projects, publications, and hybrid events focused on the state of student living.
It is our goal to professionalize student living in Europe by driving operators to be more sustainable, affordable, and accessible to both domestic and international students. We organise regional events and an annual flagship conference in various cities across Europe. During those events, we raise awareness on current issues in the sector, potential areas for collaboration, and best practices. In 2022, The Class Foundation will return to hosting in-person events, with an action-packed agenda running from Spring until Autumn.
We are a team of program, marketing, research, design, and production specialists – some full-time, some freelance.
You will bring our stakeholder relationship management to the next level, expanding our community within and beyond our three primary audiences in real estate, higher education, and government. You are responsible for developing and executing a partnerships strategy aimed at the acquisition of new partners. Additionally, you will serve as the account manager of existing partnerships, while working to broaden the revenue of the foundation by securing strategic sponsorships. Agreements you will be negotiating will range from project-based funding to multi-year agreements in excess of €50k.
Your top priority will be to strengthen and expand our community by delivering shared value and maximising social gains. Your core responsibilities will be to:
Candidates for this exciting position should demonstrate expertise in stakeholder management and business development. We want someone that’s passionate about closing deals, building mutually beneficial partnerships, and working with diverse stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be more than just a touchpoint for the community; they’ll act as a key representative of the foundation at events and conferences throughout the year. Here’s a breakdown of the kind of track record we’re looking for:
Could you be the next Partnerships & Development Lead for The Class Foundation? Then make sure to submit your CV and cover letter to email@example.com by no later than midnight Sunday 16 January 2022.
Our team will review your application and get back to you with a response by Friday 24 January 2022. If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you for a follow-up interview. We look forward to hearing more about you!
In case you have questions, shoot us an email.