(Revised 5/21/24): The Roanoke Rambler, a local online news site in Roanoke, Va. is seeking a sponsorship and advertising sales director.

This person will spearhead the publication’s sponsorship and advertising program by meeting aggressive sales targets. The successful applicant will be a driven, creative and innovative thinker who does not limit themselves to achieving our ambitious revenue goals. The ideal candidate will also come up with their own ideas for revenue generation and be committed to The Rambler, its mission and its long-term success.

Required experience and attributes:

  • Demonstrated ability securing new advertising accounts for a local media outlet
  • Proven success and a history of overachievement, with existing local contacts highly desirable
  • Dynamic, extroverted leadership abilities
  • Excellent communication skills and strong negotiations skills, with the ability to effectively communicate the message of community news and make a compelling case for sponsorship commitment to The Rambler
  • Ability to work independently and alongside the founder
  • Comfortable in a digital-only, entrepreneurial environment

This position is grant-funded for a year, and the person who succeeds in this position will be eligible for continued employment. This job may be full-time, part-time or on a contract basis, depending on the candidate.

Compensation: $55,000 - $65,000 DOE for full time or a lower base with commission.

Please send:

  • One-page resume, including highlights of your sales achievements
  • One-page letter describing why you’re the best person for the job
  • Three references

Send to with the subject line AD SALES APPLICANT

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital/family/parental status, political beliefs, union involvement or any other condition or status protected under the law.