Client Development Manager

Dahlin Group Architecture Planning Dahlin Group Architecture Planning Employer:
Pleasanton, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Jun 21 '18Posted on:

DAHLIN is a diverse architecture and planning firm practice of 100+ multi-cultural professionals with offices in California and Washington. We offer more than 40 years of experience building communities where we live and work, with design solutions that are innovative, real and achievable, driven by the vision of creating places that promote human fulfillment and well-being.

This same Passion for Place starts with our own working environment—a positive community where people thrive. At DAHLIN, we recognize that our diverse, talented people are key to the success of our business, our design approach, and philosophy. Please visit our website ( Opens a New Window. ) to learn more.

We are currently seeking a CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER in our PLEASANTON, CA office. As a member of our Marketing Team, this individual will lead our technical staff in developing and maintaining successful client relationships by matching our expertise with client expectations and goals.

If you desire to connect to our vision, embrace change and opportunity with enthusiasm, and are looking to contribute to a positive, engaging workplace where compassionate interaction, meaningful debate, and sharing of knowledge and new ideas are expected, we’d like to talk to you!


  • Energetic, self-starter, strategic and highly organized
  • Outgoing demeanor with a passion for collaborating with technical professionals
  • Self-confident in ability to offer suggestions, and possesses the emotional intelligence to understand how new or changes in initiatives may impact the firm overall.


  • Develop and lead a “key client” relationship management program for the firm - focusing on technical staff engaging with clients regularly to understand their business needs and ensure satisfaction.
  • Monitor client activities to create recommendations and identify and/or develop new opportunities.
  • Collaborate with and support Market Sector Leaders and key technical professionals in support of firm’s strategic business development goals
  • Track and coordinate follow-up on all project opportunities in Ajera (firm accounting software) and conduct client research, as needed
  • Coordinate and perform intelligence-gathering to deepen understanding of key markets, clients, strategic partners, and competitors
  • Identify and implement targeted client engagement initiatives (conferences, speaking engagements, etc.) to support market sector business plan targets
  • Conduct client feedback on proposal efforts
  • Respond to general inquiries and direct project leads to appropriate technical team member
  • Maximize firm exposure and serve as an ambassador of the firm at key events.  Identify engagement and exposure opportunities in the local design and civic communities
  • Work closely with firm’s Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Provide client related input for proposals and presentations to ensure messaging is client-focused and relevant
  • Work in collaboration with marketing team members to maintain marketing systems (e.g. image library, digital asset database, CRM)


  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a professional services marketing environment, with a preference for architecture or engineering services
  • Degree in Marketing, Architecture or related fields
  • Demonstrated experience with opportunity/client research, lead tracking, follow-up and reporting
  • Experience implementing a client development and retention process preferred
  • Experience creating and implementing business development/client retention training programs for technical staff a plus

We offer a competitive compensation package based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits include 100% medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees. We also offer the opportunity to participate in a pre-tax Flexible Spending plan, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and 401k.

How to Apply: 

Qualified candidates are invited to apply online at Please upload your resume with a cover letter  (PDF or Word/10MB max) that tells us why you are our ideal candidate and why you want to our work for our firm. Inquiries that do not follow these instructions may not be considered.

Non-local candidates will be considered. However, DAHLIN may or may not offer relocation benefits depending on business needs. Candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer. Sponsorship for an employment visa, now or in the future, is not available for this position.

One last note. . .

Real people review every application, so we regret that due to the large volume of inquiries, we are unable to accept phone calls regarding the status of applications. We'll be sure to contact you if we need more information. Apply now!



DAHLIN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify.


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