Business Development Associate

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Business Development Associate

Downtown Chicago (Full-time)

Premier Early Childhood Education Partners is a private equity backed early childhood organization focused on improving the lives of children, parents, and staff by providing safe, fun, curriculum-focused early education in a collaborative and child-focused environment.

Premier Early Childhood Education Partners acquires or partners with owners of independent early childcare centers and preschools who are looking to grow their business with a trusted partner or transition into the next phase of their life. By joining the Premier Early Childhood Education Partners group of centers, owners are able to offer scale resources to their staff yet maintain their community look, feel and curriculum that local families prefer. Premier Early Childhood Education Partners provides support functions such as recruiting & human resources, marketing & community outreach, procurement, payables management, accounting & finance, and information technology. Premier Early Childhood Education Partners’ group of centers are able leverage best practices across the network and incorporate concepts from other locations that will benefit their students.

Our management team and board of directors consists of education and real estate executives with over 100 years of collective experience growing education businesses, including experience owning and acquiring centers and real estate, operating centers across multiple states, and managing both small and large education businesses.

Premier works closely with Tyree & D’Angelo Partners (TDP), a Chicago-based private equity investment firm that makes control ownership investments in, and partners with, lower middle market businesses with the goal of creating meaningful value for all involved. TDP is currently investing out of its second fund and has over $300 million of equity capital under management. TDP has significant experience investing in multi-site businesses, including specifically in the retail and education markets. More information on TDP and the firm’s investment history can be found at

We are seeking a Business Development Associate, who will work closely with senior management and members of the board of directors to source, evaluate, diligence, and assist with the closing of a high volume of acquisitions. The candidate will join a highly collaborative and motivated team in a high growth environment with substantial opportunity to create value for all involved. Qualified candidates should demonstrate a strong financial and accounting acumen, desire and passion for M&A and business development, working with small business owners, and a great goal-oriented attitude.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Evaluating potential acquisition opportunities and maintaining internal databases
  • Preparing investment review packages for the management team and board of directors
  • Performing due diligence (including managing third-parties), valuation analysis, and proposal development for potential acquisition candidates
  • Building value creation plans with owners to ensure a successful investment post close
  • Building relationships with small business owners
  • Assisting in the negotiation of letters of intent, purchase agreements and ancillary documents in conjunction with senior management and members of the board of directors to efficiently close transactions
  • Wearing multiple hats if needed and being a team player in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment


  • Prior M&A (direct lending, investment banking, private equity, or corporate development)
  • Prior experience analyzing financial statements of closely held businesses
  • Prior experience communicating with small business owners
  • Prior experience at an education or multi-site acquisition driven organization is a plus, but not required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Bachelor’s degree required


  • M&A: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Education: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Business Development: 1 year (Preferred)

Interested candidates, please submit your CV/Resume, Cover Letter and References to apply today!