BD & Partnerships Manager

LA, SF, NYC Preferred (Remote OK) /
Business Operations /
Full Time

Islands is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the community economy. Communities of all sizes can use our software to manage digital assets and pay people and projects globally. Our vision is to create a new community platform that is open and accessible.

We are funded by major VC funds and individuals such as founders and executives from Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, Notion, Coinbase, and more.

At Islands, we're looking for a seasoned business leader to help us build the leading NFT community platform. As the Business Development & Partnerships manager, you will have a wide range of responsibilities to support the COO and business operations organization around go-to-market and monetization strategy. In this role you will partner closely with the COO and act as a force multiplier to help execute strategic business initiatives as well as work with internal and external stakeholders to develop and execute a comprehensive go-to-market strategy.

Here's what your day to day responsibilities looks like:

    • Establish an develop durable, long lasting relationships both internally and externally with creators, developers and partners that contribute to our business strategy
    • Collaborate cross-functionally with product, marketing and operations to develop product features to address key partner needs and unlock strategic opportunities
    • Own the end-to-end deal process with creators, communities and brands, acting as the primary point of contact as well as driving opportunities from prioritization and pitch through negotiation, close and implementation
    • Lead quarterly & monthly partnerships strategy meetings reviewing progress and presenting new opportunities
    • Oversee strategic projects including but not limited to payment, international, and regulatory strategy
    • Identify, develop, and lead new initiatives focused on driving platform growth
    • Scale the function as the company grows, attracting and developing amazing talent

Here's what we're looking for in an ideal candidate:

    • Strong communication and organizational skills with a knack for following through
    • High degree of integrity, judgement and critical thinking necessary to lead significant deals with autonomy and authority
    • Ability to motivate and lead from behind cross-functionally and actively prioritize and manage resources efficiently
    • Someone who thrives in collaborative cultures with a huge focus on driving execution from ideation to successful partnership launches
    • Ability to establish trust and deepen relationships with stakeholders both intenrally and externally
    • Comfort with ambiguity and proven ability to create clarity
    • Leverage creative thinking and dealmaking to close complex partnerships
    • Utilize data to provide actionable insights and ensure we’re driving toward the best possible outcome

Bonus if you have this:

    • 5+ years of industry experience in a business development or partnerships role
    • Strong domain expertise in strategic areas including business operations, legal, finance, recruiting, and strategy
    • Prior experience hiring and managing teams globally
    • Prior experience managing service providers and strategic partners
Islands is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our business better. If you think you're a good match for our vision and values, we'd love to hear from you!

We're honored you're considering joining us.