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


GTEC Expansion Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software Sales Coordinator

We're hiring a dynamic self-starter with experience in sales, higher education, and language acquisition to drive the national promotion of GTEC CBT, a quickly growing English assessment test developed by Benesse of Japan that we're adding to our solution suite to help partner institutions increase international enrollment. The GTEC CBT Expansion Coordinator will be responsible for identifying potential partner institutions and bringing them on as partners. Most work will be conducted from our Portland office, with 25% travel.

Responsibilities Include:

- Identify new potential partners and develop a sales pipeline via outbound calling, email communications, and other direct marketing methods.
- Qualify and drive leads through the sales process through online and/or face-to-face meetings.
- Meet daily, weekly, and monthly phone and email communications goals in accordance with strategic plan.
- Consistently log and record each outreach made, producing regular activity reports with company CRM.
- Fully understand the global English proficiency test market and communicate our value proposition to prospects.
- Perform various marketing duties such as emails, market research and trade shows.
 

Qualifications Include:
- Experience in lead nurturing, lead generation, and appointment setting
- Overall understanding of the higher education decision making process
- Experience in language education
- Excellent presentation skills, verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills
- Strong internet research skills
- Highly organized and attentive to detail

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivialent

Experience: 1+ years of experience working in or with higher education institutions, 1+ years in the language education industry, 1+ years of experience with sales/promotion required.

Compensation: Base + commission will be approximately $60k, adjusted for experience level

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.

 

 

 

 

We're looking for an entrepreneurial inside/outside sales person for a full-time role within the company 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 transition to inside/outside sales and visit with potential university clients around the country.

Our software products focus on managing prospective student information, converting prospects into students, and managing alumni. Most of our tools emphasize social concepts such as peer recruiting to help organizations achieve their goals. 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 4-5/year
 

Qualifications:
We're looking for amazing individuals with the following experience/skills:
-- 1+ years of Web-based B2B software sales
-- 2+ years in a growth-oriented inside sales position
-- experience working for, or selling to, the higher education market a plus
-- consultative sales experience a plus

Compensation will be based on experience and will include a base+commission.

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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