Government Affairs Manager

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Soofa is the neighborhood news feed that connects a community with screens everyone can see and anyone can use.

We are looking for a Government Affairs lManager to double our network of Soofa Signs across the United States in 2020. You will manage complex, multi-stakeholder deals with municipalities from the first outreach through to full-scale installation and work at the cutting edge of policy and local government sales to help urban communities flourish. You will also be responsible for forming private-public partnerships and securing sponsors to fund new Sign installations. 

Remote applicants (U.S. based-only) welcome.

Soofa is for people with a shared stake in a special place. Join the movement!

 

Responsibilities

  • Lead the conversation and influence municipalities and city stakeholders to grow our network of Soofa Signs
  • Own Soofa Sign placement from the pipeline stage through relationship building, negotiation, deal and terms, installation, retention, and expansion
  • Attend neighborhood, city council, and community development meetings across the U.S.
  • Secure private corporate partners to sponsor new Soofa Sign installations 
  • Identify strategic opportunities for expansion in Soofa’s existing markets while rapidly iterating on profitable new verticals (Colleges? Hospital campuses? Who knows!) in the Northeast, Southeast, and U.S.-wide
  • Track and plan for contract renewals, reporting, and other account management needs to ensure client goals are exceeded
  • Constantly communicate project status and use Hubspot CRM to manage pipeline

 

Qualifications

  • 4+ years’ experience working with government stakeholders
  • Strong network of existing connections in more than one municipality
  • Experience working on corporate sponsorships 
  • Demonstrated track record of growth
  • Proven ability to develop complex partner and territory plans and strategies
  • Comfortable with remote technology; you won’t let a deal fall through because Zoom is frozen ;)
  • Experience using a CRM
  • Contract negotiation experience

 

Candidate Characteristics

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills; you love public speaking
  • Strong interpersonal skills and track record of building lasting relationships
  • Entrepreneurial mindset: willingness to roll up your sleeves and collaborate within a startup environment

 

Bonus Points For

  • Experience in the IoT/smart cities space
  • Track record of having closed large sponsorship deals ($100K+)
  • Experience working with corporate real estate developers
  • Past experience in urban design, architecture, and/or landscape architecture
  • Proficiency in Hubspot

 

Perks of Working with Soofa

  • Best of both worlds:  Soofa’s Cambridge HQ is open, safe, and compliant for anyone who wants to use it; or, work from home
  • Generous healthcare, dental, and parental leave packages
  • Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Dog-friendly office
  • Stay connected with virtual team events at least 2x/week
  • Company culture focused on talent development and caring personally

 

Soofa is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Soofa is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Located in trendy East Cambridge, Soofa is steps away from both Kendall Square and the Green Line.

An Insider's view of Soofa

How does your team reward individual success?

From gong rings to weekly shout outs, a Soofarian’s achievements are never kept quiet. Soofarians set quarterly goals and get support from the rest of their team to reach them. At Soofa, there is nothing better than having your hard work acknowledged by your fellow peers. Our company works hard, plays hard and we love a good reason to celebrate!

Kayla Zaylor

Operations Manager

What does your typical day look like?

I love that a lot of my work involves meeting with local government partners, attending neighborhood association or city council meetings, and going to conferences, or going out to new neighborhoods to find the best locations for our signs or oversee the installation of a new Sign and answer any questions curious passerbys might have.

Lyra Schweizer

Director of City Growth

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I was hired as an engineering intern, then into a full-time product manager role. Working with so many aspects of our org has helped me learn how to speak the language of every employee and department. I can speak up for resources I need to hit company goals, and I have ownership over our metrics—which enables and encourages me to get things done.

Charlotte Warne

Product Manager

What are some social events your company does?

Daily team exercises, team lunch and team stretches every Friday, monthly book clubs, birthday outings by zodiac sign, Whiskey Wednesdays, and annual skiing and island camping trips, to name a few.

Soofarians are special people. Spending time together both inside and outside our workspace has a profound effect on our culture.

Molly LaFlesh

Chief of Staff

What are Soofa Perks + Benefits

Soofa Benefits Overview

Great healthcare through BlueCross/BlueShield (HMO and PPO plans available). Affordable dental insurance. Generous parental leave packages for both primary and secondary caregivers. Free short- and long-term disability and life insurance. Equity for most full-time Soofarians. Unlimited PTO. Dog-friendly office. Team lunches every Friday. Team activities like ski trips, camping, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc. at least once a month.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Soofa's leadership team is over 50% women.
Diversity manifesto
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Soofa also provides 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 16 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Company Outings
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Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted On occasion .
Pet Friendly
We welcome dogs into the office daily.
Recreational Clubs
Book club, hiking pals, and more!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
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