Careers with Concerned Communications / A Reason For®

Our Company

Concerned Communications has been in business for five decades, and was founded with the mission of equipping teachers and inspiring students through Scripture-based educational resources.

Our primary focus is the publication and distribution of academically excellent materials that meaningfully incorporate Biblical values and provide true differentiated instruction to successfully teach students of all learning styles.

We currently publish programs in Handwriting, Spelling, Science, and Guided Reading, with the ultimate goal of pointing to God as the source of all wisdom, and creating lifelong learners by making academics fun and engaging.

Our Culture

We are a small company with a history rooted in Christian values. Operating out of our offices in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, our team of employees enjoys a relaxed but hard-working atmosphere. If you are self-motivated, adaptable, and ready to pitch in where help is needed, you may be the person we're seeking for one of the employment opportunities below. We invite you to contact us for further information about any of the positions listed.

Current Openings

A Reason For – Category Sales Manager (Full-Time)

Job Posted: September 2021

We are looking for a talented & experienced Category Sales Manager to manage the sales pipeline and customer relationships for our company, A Reason For®.

A Reason For is a 53-year-old educational publishing company, headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Our name says it all: A REASON FOR - our faith in God is the reason for everything we do. Our Scripture-based programs in Handwriting, Spelling, Science, and Guided Reading have helped millions of young people maximize their academic potential and realize the relevance of their faith in everyday life.

Our target audience is comprised of faith-based schools and home educators, both domestic and international, as well as parents who wish to supplement a traditional education by strengthening subject comprehension, boosting confidence, and building important learning skills in their child.

The Category Sales Manager’s role is to develop and maintain our sales pipeline by prospecting and engaging with new, existing, and potential customers. The right candidate will embody our company’s values and possess the sales experience and expertise to enhance the depth and breadth of our business’ sales performance. This must be an individual and not an agency

Job Responsibilities:

  • Grow sales pipeline with an emphasis on actively pursuing new sales opportunities with faith-based schools in assigned territory, while also seeking incremental opportunities with existing customers.
  • Generate, prospect and transform leads into sales opportunities with urgency, while representing A Reason For with the utmost integrity and professionalism.
  • Manage telephone and e-mail communications in a timely and conscientious manner while identifying cross-selling, up-selling and lead generation opportunities.
  • Initiate preview orders and provide product presentations/demonstrations to prospects via phone/internet, as needed.
  • Efficiently track, monitor, and close all customers and potential customers throughout the entire sales cycle, providing regular business updates to sales management.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Required experience in either the education field (whether in administration, teaching, or sales OR experience in sales/marketing with demonstrated ability to develop and execute sales and marketing strategy
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree/current pursuit of undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited university or institution, or equivalent experience and education.

Our ideal candidate possesses:

  • Personal values that align with our company’s culture and mission -- The members of our team are passionate about equipping teachers and inspiring students with academically excellent, Scripture-based resources that point to God as the source of all wisdom.
  • A positive, tenacious attitude -- We're seeking someone who is motivated to exceed goals, not easily discouraged by obstacles, and willing to close sales with boldness and confidence.
  • Ambition and drive – Candidates must embody a deep-rooted desire to give their very best effort every day, and the willingness to work hard to achieve results.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills -- Candidates must be able to deliver information efficiently and accurately to both our customers/potential customers and our sales management team.
  • The ability to build relationships and rapport -- Candidates must be able to connect with different personalities, possess active listening skills to hear and understand needs of both existing and potential customers, and have the persistence to continually follow up with contacts.

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Sales: 3 years (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • Driver's License (Preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 25% (Preferred)