Manager – Business Development, Corporate Sponsorship Sales - University of Illinois

Req No.
Fighting Illini Sports Properties
Sponsorship Sales


Learfield is actively adding a salesperson to work from Chicago, IL, for Fighting Illini Sports Properties (FISP). Ideal candidates will have significant experience developing corporate marketing partnerships. This position will be responsible for creating a high volume of new business and implementing high-level corporate marketing partnerships for the university athletic program while also building and maintaining relationships with corporate partners and the athletic department staff.


Fighting Illini Sports Properties is Learfield’s local, dedicated entity representing the University of Illinois. In complete collaboration with the university, this team is committed to extending the affinity of the Fighting Illini’s brand to businesses and corporations of all sizes looking to align with the undeniably loyal and passionate collegiate sports fan base. As exclusive multimedia rights holder for the University of Illinois, Fighting Illini Sports Properties manages all aspects of the rights relationship, providing corporate partners both traditional and new media opportunities with the Illini in which to bolster their own brand and garner maximum exposure through inventory such as venue signage; event sponsorships and promotion; corporate hospitality; television and digital engagement and visibility via the official athletics website; and radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows. 


Official Athletic Websitefightingillini.com


Official School Websiteillinois.edu


Learfield is the exclusive provider of marketing services for athletic departments at over 125 major universities, conferences and arenas. Learfield’s people-friendly culture is a hallmark of its style and approach to business and is rooted in values demonstrating intentional and active care for other people. The company and its employees strive to live by the company's value statement: “build the team, grow the company, and have fun."


  • Prospecting and closing new partnerships.

  • Generating significant revenue through a high volume of new business.

  • Maintaining sponsor relationships for university athletic programs.

  • Creating and presenting sponsorship packages designed to meet clients’ objectives.

  • Collaborating with vendors, sponsors, property staff, and appropriate university athletic personnel to ensure implementation of sponsorships and contract fulfillment.

  • Developing creative, sellable inventory to introduce to the school, staff and marketplace.


  • Minimum of 6+ years selling comprehensive sports marketing partnerships including major media elements or relevant business-to-business sales experience.

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and presentation skills.

  • Self-motivated while also team oriented.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel.

  • A general curiosity for appropriate industries and ability to strategize their solutions.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university.


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