EAB Senior Director, Account Management (Technology) in Washington, United States

About EAB

At EAB, our mission is to make education smarter and our communities stronger. We harness the collective power of more than 1,400 schools, colleges, and universities to uncover and apply proven practices and transformative insights. And since complex problems require multifaceted solutions, we work with each school differently to apply these insights through a customized blend of research, technology, and services. From kindergarten to college and beyond, EAB partners with education leaders, practitioners, and staff to accelerate progress and drive results across three key areas: enrollment management, student success, and institutional operations and strategy.

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The Role in Brief:

Senior Director, Account Management (Technology)

Our staff represents EAB’s commercial division at colleges and universities. We hire persuasive communicators with strong negotiation skills, who are comfortable listening to Presidents, Deans, Provosts, or Procurement contacts to map commercial strategy to members’ needs.

This hire will be responsible for contract renewal for a portfolio of roughly $20M per fiscal year.

There is a strong preference for this role to be based in Washington, D.C. Exceptionally well-qualified remote candidates may be considered as well.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Industry and Content Knowledge:

  • External

  • Develop and maintain general knowledge of major players in higher ed industry

  • Understand EAB’s point of view on industry issues

  • Internal

  • Develop general knowledge of EAB offerings (across Research, Tech, and Enrollment Services) and more specific knowledge of Technology offerings

  • Share member intelligence with key internal stakeholders to foster a more collaborative and connected service and commercial approach

  • Member Knowledge:

  • Develop knowledge of each assigned member’s contracting process, budget cycle, and decision-making process and players

  • Understand member internal politics and key influencers

  • Understand member financial situation and incorporate into renewal strategy

  • Communication:

  • External

  • Master contractual review with members

  • Successfully navigate contractual review and respond to member questions

  • Effectively communicate urgency

  • Internal

  • Build productive partnership and collaboration with Technology Strategic Leaders and other members of Strategic Leader (SL) teams across business lines

  • Build productive partnership and collaboration with other commercial teams including research renewals and all sales teams

  • Collaborate as needed across other divisions, including Syndicated Research and Technology Delivery

  • Share best practices/scripting/collateral with other members of the Commercial team to improve renewal outcomes

  • Risk Identification & Mitigation:

  • Lead monthly commercial line-by-line meetings with senior leadership to identify renewal risks and cohort trends across the Technology business

  • Identify and update renewal health grade based on input from SL during renewal meetings and manage ongoing updates

  • Review member health metrics for an objective perspective in Technology and escalate to SLs appropriately

  • Strategically develop and execute on diagnostic call strategy, ensuring all decisions have a diagnostic conversation at least 12 months prior to decision

  • Escalate members service and value concerns identified via renewal conversations to Technology Delivery team

  • Commercial Strategy:

  • Own commercial strategy including pricing, contract length, etc., in close partnership with the Deal Desk and Strategy & Operations teams; incorporate historical data

  • Identify renewal trends through look-backs and incorporate into renewal strategy and process improvements moving forward

  • Generate ideas for how to increase our renewal rate performance beyond the current goals, including contract term levers (i.e., price and length)

  • Create outreach strategy and organization of in-person and phone interactions

  • Understand firm revenue and accrual processes and incorporate knowledge into commercial strategies

  • Develop and execute on concession strategies in partnership with Deal Desk

  • Renewal/Contracting Process:

  • Identify individuals involved in contract renewal process

  • Create and send contracts, complying with departmental campaigns and protocols

  • Conduct key renewal decision conversations (may require travel onsite)

  • Develop an understanding of budgeting and approval processes at member institutions in order to accurately track and project revenue

  • Secure annual renewal of membership contracts and corresponding service terms (realize PI, term length goals)

  • Facilitate membership continuation and timely contract execution to ensure no interruption of service

  • Effectively manage renewal pipeline, achieving pacing targets in accordance with department goals

  • Growth Mindset:

  • Leverage member renewal conversation to identify portfolio growth opportunities

  • Be a 1EAB agent, passing leads and teeing up/facilitating introductions

  • Hit annual and semi-annual targets

  • Time in market (via phone): 60-70%

  • Travel expectation (in person): Limited (10-30%)

  • Business Reporting:

  • Conduct contract strategy & compliance reporting

  • Identify commercial trends including programmatic trends

  • Run monthly renewal performance reporting

  • Maintain updated health grades and renewal projections

  • Administration:

  • Prepare for visits and calls

  • Maintain Salesforce data integrity and compliance

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited College/University

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written, with senior executives

  • Willingness to travel up to 30%

  • Valid Driver’s License

  • Proven team collaboration experience

  • Must possess a minimum of 8+ years' full-time experience including at least 3 of the following qualifications:

  • Commercial experience

  • Presentation experience

  • Leadership experience

  • Client management experience

  • Teaching experience

Ideal Qualifications:

  • Proven negotiation skills

  • Demonstrated listening skills

  • Experience managing multiple clients

  • Proven ability to meet monthly, quarterly, and annual financial goals

  • Proven experience managing multiple, competing priorities

  • Experience finding multiple solutions to complex problems

  • Ability to successfully overcome challenges or obstacles

  • Experience developing personal organization tactics to meet business goals

  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment

  • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education subject matter

Benefits:

Consistent with our belief that our employees are our most valuable resource, EAB offers a competitive benefits package.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance, dependents eligible

  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match

  • Generous PTO

  • Daytime leave policy for community service or fitness activities (up to 10 hours a month each)

  • Wellness programs including gym discounts and incentives to promote healthy living

  • Dynamic growth opportunities with merit-based promotion philosophy

  • Benefits kick in day one, see the full details here.

At EAB, we believe that to fulfill our mission to “make education smarter and our communities stronger” we need team members who bring a diversity of perspectives to the table and a workplace where each team member is valued, respected and heard.

To that end, EAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.