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Team members at Discover Ames have a passion for Ames and Iowa State University. It’s our responsibility to bring visitors to Ames and provide excellent service. We do this through a team that takes initiative, a team that is innovative and a team that values working together to provide the best experience for our visitors. 


Identify, develop, and implement annual sales strategy and plan for the sports market, including new client development, local sport partnerships and nurturing of existing annual sports clients.  


  • Develop and execute annual business development strategy and plan for the sports market in the Ames area 
  • Creation of bid proposals to new and returning sports clients 
  • Lead generation for sports related events representing new business 
  • Attend sports industry related tradeshows and site visits to develop relationships with current or potential clients, and generate potential sports event opportunities 
  • Input and update accurate data into the development database to monitor and track development progress 
  • Represent the Discover Ames at industry-related meetings, events, and local, state, and national associations 
  • Collaborate with the Visitor Experience team on execution and coordination of acquired sports events and conference 
  • Develop and build relationships with Ames area and Iowa State University (ISU) venues and service providers  
  • Pursue grant opportunities and submitting annual Regional Sports Authority District (RSAD) grant application and supporting documents 
  • In collaboration with the Director of Business Development and the Marketing & Communications team, develop collateral materials specifically designed to increase the awareness of Ames and ISU as a sports destination 
  • Work with Director of Business Development to produce and manage a yearly budget for the sports market 
  • Work in collaboration with other staff on events and activities related to all markets including specific roles for major events, support services roles outside of the sports market  


  • 2+ years’ experience in sports sales or general sales 
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Basic computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and databases are required 


  • Exceptional communication skills with ability to execute effective sales presentations 
  • Committed to be a team player 
  • Highly self-motivated and ability to be self-directed 
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail 
  • Committed to relationship-building with strong interpersonal skills 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to set and manage priorities to handle multiple projects while moving them forward simultaneously 
  • A flexible schedule will be required to accommodate event and meeting schedules that will include some nights and weekends 
  • Work from the Ames office location 
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs 
  • Valid Iowa driver’s license 


All application documents should be submitted via email to and include: 

  • Cover letter with salary requirements 
  • Resume 
  • Three professional references including names and contact information 

First consideration if applied by March 23, 2023 

Questions should be directed to President/CEO, Kevin Bourke, or 515-460-8870.

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