Sales Manager

| Chicago, IL, USA
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At Black Spectacles, we have ambitious plans to help support the architecture community, and we need a Sales Manager to spearhead our sales efforts.

Learn more about this position directly from Marc Teer, Founder & CEO of Black Spectacles.

We're on the hunt for teammates who:

  • Are passionate about architecture and making an ambitious impact on the Architecture and Design community
  • Own it - comfortable taking responsibility for your work
  • Take calculated risks and encourage others to do the same
  • Take a world-class approach to everything you do
  • Make it safe to share ideas
  • Take care of your people
  • If this sounds like you, we need to talk!

Black Spectacles is an ambitious group of 25 teammates with the goal of growing to 75 over the next two years to support our purpose of helping architects thrive in their careers, trying to achieve big things to support the architecture community.

At Black Spectacles, you'll benefit from working with a team who lives and celebrates our values every day, and you can be sure that you will regularly see and feel the impact of your work. As a fully remote company you'll benefit from working from home year round, and from company trips to keep you connected to your team.

Black Spectacles has been recognized by Great Place to Work and Built In as a great place to work, by the American Institute of Architects for the national impact we're having on the profession of architecture, and has been recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the country.

Role Overview

We're on the lookout for an experienced Sales Manager with a proven track record in B2B sales and management to spearhead our sales efforts. This role is ideal for a driven individual with a deep understanding of sales strategies, team leadership, and the ability to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment. The Sales Manager will be instrumental in shaping our sales department, optimizing our sales processes, and leading our team to achieve and exceed our sales targets.


  • Lead by example through direct selling to key clients within the first 90-120 days, gaining insights into our market, products, and sales cycle.
  • Work closely with leadership to refine sales materials, presentations, systems, and processes to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Develop and implement a strategic sales plan that expands our customer base and solidifies our presence in the market.
  • Hire, manage and mentor the sales team, setting performance targets, and providing ongoing training and support to ensure team success.
  • Utilize HubSpot to streamline sales processes, track sales metrics, and manage customer relationships effectively.
  • Foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement within the sales team.
  • Regularly report on team performance, sales forecasts, and market trends to company leadership.


  • 5+ years of direct B2B sales experience, with a strong preference for backgrounds in educational technology or related industries.
  • At least 5 years of sales management experience, demonstrating the ability to lead and motivate a high-performing sales team.
  • Proven track record of developing and executing successful sales strategies.
  • Experience with HubSpot or similar CRM systems is preferred.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Sales, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Based in Chicago preferred, but the position is open to full-time remote candidates.
  • Ability to travel as required to meet with clients, attend industry events, and join in-person team gatherings.


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Health, Dental, Vision, Short-term / Long-term Disability and Life insurance
  • Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings Accounts
  • 401k with Employer match
  • Employee referral program
  • 3 weeks of paid vacation
  • Team events and quarterly gatherings

If you're ready to take the next step in your career and make a significant impact at Black Spectacles, please submit your resume and explain why you're interested in this role. We look forward to considering your application!

Black Spectacles is an equal opportunity employer.

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Stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, we noticed our employees were enjoying the perks of a work-from-wherever lifestyle and that they appreciated the work-life balance that comes with that. Because of this, we have transitioned to a fully remote workforce! Our pets are our new Office Managers.

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