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Director Corporate Development

Inspira Futures

Inspira Futures

United States
Posted on Sunday, April 21, 2024

About Inspira Education

Inspira Education is one of the fastest-growing edtech startups in the US. As the world’s leading network of top admissions consultants in medical, legal, business, and college studies, we’re building software and services in one place—disrupting long-entrenched institutions with products and experiences that strive to provide an equal platform for candidates from diverse backgrounds worldwide. We help college applicants and parents with the highest quality content, tutoring, and advising services for their college and graduate school applications.

We believe that diversity drives learning. To meet our mission, we encourage, support, and celebrate different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds. As a fully distributed (remote) team, we challenge one another to find the most effective way to empower learners, teachers, and parents. Your name, race, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and age are not barriers; they are why we want to work with you. We invite talented and creative candidates who value the importance of nurturing a student’s boundless curiosity to join us on this journey.

We operate globally across five brands - Inspira Futures, Inspira Advantage, Quad Education, Juris Education, and Foundation Learning. As one of the fastest growing edtech firms in the world, we are backed by some of the leading venture capital firms and investors in the world including Craft Ventures, Jeff Fluhr (Founder of Stubhub), David Sacks (Former COO of PayPal and Founder of Yammer), Kygo (World renowned DJ), among others.

The Role

Our company is seeking a Director of Corporate Development to lead and execute our M&A function. This role will be responsible for the entire corporate development process, from identifying potential targets and cultivating relationships to conducting due diligence, negotiating deals, and overseeing integration post-acquisition. As the Director, you will bring extensive industry knowledge to identify profitable opportunities and shepherd negotiations to achieve mutually beneficial terms and meet organizational objectives. This role can be located anywhere in the United States or Canada.


  • Work with the founders to establish an M&A function
  • Help build Inspira’s M&A deal pipeline and support the execution of corporate initiatives on behalf of the executive leadership team and Board of Directors
  • Develop deep domain knowledge of audience, market, and competitive dynamics and trends to inform, identify, and source strategic partnerships and acquisition targets
  • Support the expansion of existing and new growth pillars, including delivering robust analytical assessments of existing business lines and optimal market entry options for new business segments, including consumer segments
  • Generate business cases using third-party market research or internally generated research, along with developing well-thought-out key assumptions and scenarios
  • Prepare transaction closing statements and coordinate with the founders and the finance team
  • Identify and build relationships with third-party service providers such as accounting firms and law firms supporting Inspira through the deal execution process
  • Lead valuation and deal structuring and project manage the due diligence, closing, and post-close integration processes. Craft the models and information materials required to achieve the support and alignment of all our internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead the financial modeling and structuring of acquisitions and supporting our overall long-range strategic planning processes
  • Manage a business development associate and coordinate outreach efforts to develop, manage, and nurture a pipeline of potential M&A targets


  • Related Bachelor's degree required in business, finance, or a related academic discipline or additional related work experience
  • 8+ years’ related work experience including professional experience in private equity, venture capital, strategy or corporate venture capital/development
  • Startup experience required
  • Education experience is a plus
  • Consulting experience with strategy orientation and financial analysis is a plus
  • Strong financial analysis and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to interpret and facilitate legal documentation related to fund investments and management
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship and collaboration skills
  • Specific experience collaborating with business unit leaders and assessing solutions to fill gaps
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of products, including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Ability to work autonomously and lead strategic conversations both internally and externally
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate complex concepts to executives both verbally and in writing
  • Proven project management skills
  • High level of integrity and dependability

Why you’ll love Inspira

  • Amazing people with a great vision and values
  • Remote-first team across the US and Canada
  • 100% coverage on health, vision, and dental coverage
  • Flexible Paid-time Off
  • Learning and Development Budget for Employees
  • Retirement Savings Plans
  • Diversity and inclusion programs that promote employee resource groups like OWN (Outreach Women's Network), AAPI, Rainbow (LGBTQIA+), Gender+, LatinX, Black Excellence, Disability Community, and Veterans

Interested in learning more about Inspira Education, please visit https://www.inspiraeducationgroup.com/.

Inspira Education Group does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason prohibited by law in providing employment opportunities and benefits.