Business Development Agent

Date Posted: Jan 15, 2020
Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2020
Start Date: Feb 17, 2020

Salary From: 40K To 50K
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: Health, Other (e.g. flex time, comp tickets, etc.)
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Organization's Field/Discipline: Business
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Intermediate

Organization Description

The Lavin Agency

A home for brilliant misfits!

The Lavin Agency is the largest intellectual talent agency in the world. We represent the world's leading thinkers, writers, artists, and scientists including Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim Fellows, TED Prize Winners, and Nobel Laureates. We represent people who are making the world a smarter place, and manage their speaking engagements, public appearances, consulting, and more. We are 35 diverse, engaged, and curious professionals working globally from King West in Downtown Toronto.

We provide competitive salaries, health benefits, professional development opportunities, weekly social affairs, birthday celebrations, and a kickass workplace! For a glimpse into our workplace culture, check out

Job Description

Business Development Agent is a sales support role — responsible for finding, contacting, and optimizing new opportunities for the company’s keynote speakers through consultation with corporations, associations, and meeting & event planners. It’s the perfect place to learn about the ins and outs of our business as you develop your sales skills. This job is for the engaged and engaging. The curious and the opinionated. But it’s also a tough job. You must have a proven ability to deal with large ongoing tasks, work hard, and stay focused & motivated. Exceptional communication skills are a minimum requirement. After all, your job will be to convince people to work with our agency and consider new ideas.

We need people to do market research, qualify potential clients, and pitch our speakers. You must be smart, curious, and have excellent research and communication skills. This is a full-time 3-month contract position with the possibility of ongoing full-time work upon review.


We’re Looking for Someone Who:
  • Is intellectually engaged (as demonstrated by education, experience, and interests) and can think on their feet
  • Has 1 to 3 years experience nurturing business relationships (in a salesy way)
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, multi-tasking work environment
  • Possesses superior phone and email etiquette — a great communicator and even better listener
  • Loves research and connecting the dots, while keeping the big picture in mind
  • Is a thorough, detail-oriented problem solver

How to Apply:

The Fine Print

If you are a brilliant misfit who wants to learn how to sell big ideas, apply now!

Please submit an original cover letter and a worn-out resume to by February 14, 2020. The sooner the better! We'll have ongoing interviews ASAP til we find the right folks. In your cover letter, please touch on the following: What is a thought-provoking book/podcast/documentary you encountered recently? Why should I check it out?

Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered. I am dead serious.

We appreciate your interest however, due to the high volume of applicants, only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. As such, we are unable to entertain phone calls or office visits.


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