Director of Business Development – FinTech Industry

World Business Chicago is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

Position Summary

The Director of Business Development is a full-time position that reports to the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Foreign Direct Investment. The responsibility of the Director of Business Development will be to manage clients through various stages of project development ranging from prospect identification and subsequent outreach to client management and deal closure.


  • Identify prospective Financial Technologies, Blockchain, Crypto (Fintech) companies and set up meetings with business executives in this vertical
  • Identify and secure prospects’ interest in the Chicago area via technology, face-to-face visits and multi-media presentations
  • Establish and manage relationships with key stakeholders in the Fintech of Chicago
  • Support the department by leading on business development projects related to other technology companies not defined in Chicago’s Recovery Task Force plan.
  • Promote Chicago as the ideal location for Fintech companies’ expansion needs (for instance by initiating and speaking at business seminars, participating in networking events, )
  • Develop relocation proposals and requests for information, as well as arranging required site visits
  • Work with fellow staff to develop, implement, and improve business development marketing and outreach efforts
  • Complete regularly required status reports and maintain project tracking databases
  • Develop and communicate a strong working knowledge of the Fintech ecosystem, sites and buildings, incentives, workforce, and other locational advantages available to support prospective businesses
  • Conduct other related tasks and assignments not specified above

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Client-focused
  • Proactive and highly responsive
  • Results and goal-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Team player with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Familiarity with Salesforce software a plus


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in economic development
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is required by the first day of work unless there is an exemption due to medical or religious reasons


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, urban planning, public policy, or related field

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to


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