District Sales Manager [Remote, FT]

Sales · Osage, Iowa
Department Sales
Employment Type FTE
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.

District Sales Manager | The Profession | [Remote, FT]

The Art of Education University (AOEU) is seeking a District Sales Manager who will play an instrumental role in presenting and introducing our enterprise solutions to mid-sized K-12 school districts.  This position involves developing and managing sales opportunities within an assigned territory, accurately forecasting future performance,  delivering on an assigned quota, and professionally representing our institution's best interests.

Sales | What We Believe | 

Our mission is to make an impact and place our product in as many artistic hands as possible.

We believe in being honest and true to our customers at all times.

We leave nothing on the field.  We give our all to what we do.  We do our best.

We present ourselves and our products as world-class business representatives.

The Art of Education University | Who We Are | 

“We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging professional development at every stage of their career.”

AOEU is an innovative and fast-growing institution of higher education serving art teachers around the world.  In 2019, we became the first homegrown graduate university in the state of Iowa in 50 years, and the world’s first “University For Life,” serving art educators throughout an entire lifetime of learning.

The Art of Education University serves tens of thousands of students, teachers, and enterprise-level customers around the U.S. and in over 40 countries.  Our magazine is read more than 800,000 times each month; our events are attended by over 4,000 art educators annually; and we serve over 2,000 graduate students each year. 

Our pillars are at the heart of our culture and the key to our sustainable success and longevity as an institution.  We believe in a drama-free environment that upholds the ideals of Radical Candor©.  We believe that your success is our success.  You will always know where you stand and be challenged to grow and stretch yourself in ways you never imagined.

LEARN MOREwww.theartofeducation.edu 

District Sales Manager | The Details | 

Essential Functions

  • Formulate and execute a comprehensive sales plan within the assigned territory/region, develop a healthy and accurate pipeline, and close new business.
  • Responsible for submitting accurate monthly, quarterly, and annual sales performance forecasts.
  • Exceed quarterly and annual quotas.
  • Directs the selling activities within an assigned territory, inclusive of resource deployment and the majority of direct communication.
  • Deliver exceptional online and occasional on-site product presentations to both small and large groups.
  • Evaluate market trends, education legislation, and gather competitive information, identify trends that affect current and future growth of sales and profitability.
  • Engage potential clients in meaningful discussions regarding their needs and goals in order to cultivate a convincing or persuasive solution presentation.
  • Adaptively present solutions in a consultative approach and advance new business in a complex K-12 business environment.
  • Consistently report on new business opportunities to lead and strategize on efforts to progress towards a close.
  • Travel up to 5% or as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Positive and engaging personality with a passion for products, people, and providing exceptional service.
  • Strong, expert knowledge of AOEU’s continually developing products.
  • Ability to understand and empathize with administrators, art teachers, and other stakeholders.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills that reflect a high level of professionalism.
  • Ability to quickly create strong professional relationships.
  • Adept at problem-solving, including the ability to identify issues and resolve them in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to effectively read and interpret complex RFP’s and contracts.
  • Ability to gather and analyze qualitative data in a manner that provides actionable insights.
  • Ability to collaborate with other departments to optimize the client experience.
  • Hyper-attentive to details.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage numerous projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong, professional communication and collaboration skills.
  • Willingness to research key intel or data that would influence individual customer meetings all the way up to the team’s success as a whole.
  • Proven ability to deliver on important expectations and deadlines.
  • Easily adaptable; thrive in a fast-paced working environment.
  • Self-driven work ethic and ability to fully function in a remote/at-home work environment.

Work Environment

The duties of this position are typical of those performed in a home office setting with normal ranges of temperature.  The majority of tasks will be performed while sitting at a desk.


  • Position requires considerable concentration and focus throughout the day.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift items such as laptops, monitors, and the like.
  • When traveling: 
    • The ability to lift or push your suitcase.
    • Ability to carry/lift up to 25-50 lbs of presentation materials for customers or for conference presentations, etc.


  • Ability to view computer screens for significant periods of time.  The Art of Education University is an online university.  Therefore 95-98% of one’s time will be on or using technology.
  • Ability to use a laptop keyboard with accuracy.
  • Ability to hear at normal levels and through electronic devices such as laptops, earbuds, phones, and the like.

Position Requirements


  •  Bachelor's degree strongly preferred, but not required


  • 5+ years of Enterprise or B2B complex sales experience
  • Enterprise software sales experience, preferably in K-12 curriculum and professional learning software platforms.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a variety of technology and technology platforms.
  • Hubspot CRM knowledge is a big plus.

Compensation & Benefits


Structured as a full-time, exempt, and salaried position with an added commission and bonus plan.  Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.  Salary is paid on the 15th and last business day (closest prior weekday) of each month.  Commissions, if any, are paid on the 1st of each month.


Group healthcare plans are available.  The Art of Education University will contribute 70% for full-time employees family health, dental, and vision.

The Art of Education University offers participation, upon hire, of a 401K plan with up to a 4% match of employee contributions.

Appropriate and up-to-date technology is provided.

Unlimited self-managed PTO is offered to full-time members of AOEU.  Extended vacations must be pre-approved.  Flexibility exists so long as responsibilities are fulfilled and careful

planning and communication are evident.



Persons interested in applying should complete the application form linked below.  Applicants are required to submit a short 2-3 minute video explaining why they would like to be considered for the position and why they are uniquely qualified.  Failure to submit a video will automatically eliminate you from the application process.

Candidates who make it to Round 2 of the Application process will be required to complete a packet for review prior to their scheduled interview time.  

Finalists will have one final culture interview with the President of the University.

All applicants and candidates will be notified of the status of their application.


  • The hiring process consists of four phases and can take up to 7-8 weeks to complete.
  • Candidates will be notified as applications are submitted.

How to Apply | This Is Me | 


The Art of Education University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. The Art of Education University will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of actual or perceived age, race, color, national origin/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Art of Education University is a participant of E-Verify.

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  • Location
    Osage, Iowa
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    Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.