Versation student management software has been used at 70+ universities to increase student enrollment, manage alumni, and recruit international students.

 

John Hayden, President

Founded in 2000, Versation provides a powerful suite of student management software for universities. Since our first client, we've helped over 70 universities increase enrollment, manage alumni, and recruit international students. Originally founded as English, baby!, which remains one of the world's most popular sites to learn English with 2M members, the company quickly saw the demand for student and alumni management software. And now, after years of data analyzing the power of student ambassadors, Versation has launched PeerPoint to lead the way in peer recruitment and student ambassador management software.

 

 

John Hayden, President

John Hayden, President

After graduating from the University of Oregon, John moved to Tokyo where he taught English. He then worked as an International Contract Manager for Hitachi, Ltd. before returning to the U.S. to co-found Versation and quickly lead it to profitability. John serves on several boards, helping others build successful businesses, and is active in the vibrant Portland start-up community.

 
 
 
Sarah Holdeman, Sales Manager

Sarah Holdeman, Sales Manager

After years in management, Sarah Holdeman joined Versation as Sales Manager in 2015. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from Portland State University. Originally from the Midwest, Sarah has turned her passion for customer strategy towards the higher ed market and helping schools increase enrollment rates.

 
 

Student Ambassador Advisory Board

At Versation, we believe in user-driven development. Who better to direct our product roadmaps than students themselves with first-hand knowledge about peer recruitment and student ambassador programs. Our amazing Student Ambassador Advisory Board is chosen from top ambassadors across the country and drives our success with their unique experiences.

Kellen Larkin University of Virginia-Wise “I love being an ambassador because I love getting other people excited about the opportunities at my school.”

Kellen Larkin

University of Virginia-Wise

“I love being an ambassador because I love getting other people excited about the opportunities at my school.”

Taylor Willis Boise State University “I love spreading my love for Boise State to prospective students and connecting them with the resources my university offers!”

Taylor Willis

Boise State University

“I love spreading my love for Boise State to prospective students and connecting them with the resources my university offers!”

Quinton Richardson  Portland State University “Ambassador work lays the foundation of a prospective students impression of the university. I'm excited to watch the program grow!”

Quinton Richardson 

Portland State University


“Ambassador work lays the foundation of a prospective students impression of the university. I'm excited to watch the program grow!”

Jacob Howle Texas Tech University "I love being an ambassador to share why I love my school. It’s a great way to give back to the university that has given so much to me!”

Jacob Howle

Texas Tech University

"I love being an ambassador to share why I love my school. It’s a great way to give back to the university that has given so much to me!”

Xi Ru University of Cincinnati “I really enjoy talking with students and parents to help them enter college life and making friends from all around the world!”

Xi Ru

University of Cincinnati

“I really enjoy talking with students and parents to help them enter college life and making friends from all around the world!”

Open Positions


Inside Sales Manager

We're looking for an entrepreneurial inside/outside sales person for a full-time role to help grow our business and build upon existing clients. We treat our product line like a new startup so the strongest candidates should want to build a business, not just sell a product.

This position will begin almost exclusively inside our Portland office (inside the new Portland WeWork) but our desire is to find someone who can quickly transition to inside/outside sales and visit with potential university clients around the country.

Your main priority will be promoting PeerPoint, our student ambassador software, to admissions offices at U.S. universities. Having experience selling to higher education, working in higher education, or being a student ambassador would be helpful. Our sales process is consultative and relationship-based so people who can think strategically and enjoy building networks in an industry are stronger candidates.

Responsibilities Include:
- market analysis
- new prospect identification
- establishing meetings/demos both online and in person
- new customer acquisition

Activities Include:
- outbound calls/emails
- recording sales activities in our sales system
- regular sales strategy meetings
- regular product development meetings
- some marketing duties such as emails, market research, occasional trade show
- travel 6-8 times/year
 

Qualifications:
-- 1+ years of sales, preferably of software or to higher education markets
-- experience working within higher education a plus
-- experience working as a student ambassador while in college a plus

Compensation will be a base salary and commission that total approximately $65k, but can be adjusted based on experience.

Please send us your resume and cover letter sharing why you'd be a great fit for the position. We look forward to hearing from you.


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