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Welcome to The Center for Rural Development’s online employment application center!

If you are referred for a position and selected for an interview, the hiring department will usually contact you within 2-4 weeks after the position is closed. Hiring Officials are not required to contact or interview all candidates who have been referred.
If you are not selected for an interview your resume will remain on file for one year. You will be contacted in the event our employment needs should change.

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The Center for Rural Development
2292 S. Hwy. 27
Somerset, KY 42501

Monday-Friday: 8 AM-5 PM

Open Positions


The Center for Rural Development, located in Somerset, Kentucky, invites applications for full and/or part-time Housekeeping & Events Staff.  The Center is a national model for economic development in rural areas, serving a forty-five county service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky and beyond, with a wide array of programs.

Dedicated, dependable and hardworking individuals are needed to assist with janitorial and housekeeping services.  The Housekeeping & Events Staff are scheduled on an as-needed basis; the position(s) are non-exempt with variable hours. The work varies and is often physical.  Responsibilities include maintaining the building and surrounding areas in a clean and orderly fashion.  Additionally, the position(s) will assist with the systematic set up, breakdown and storage of equipment for a variety of events held at the facility, including, but not limited to training seminars, conventions, weddings, etc.  The position(s) retain job specific accountability and report to the Managing Director of Marketing & Events.

Minimum qualifications:  Must be at least 18 years old to apply.  A High School Diploma or equivalent and related experience is preferred.  The position(s) require excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The Center is an equal opportunity institution. Starting date is immediate.

Qualified candidates may apply, submit a resume to and

Administrative Assistant – Training

The Center for Rural Development invites applications for the position of Administrative Assistant. The position will be primarily a support staff position in the workforce training department but will have the opportunity to execute independent projects. The successful candidate will perform all clerical and administrative duties necessary to ensure effective and efficient operation, perform communication tasks, both oral and written, and disseminate information.

Minimum qualifications are an Associate in Arts Degree and three years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate must be a self-starter, work independently and be able to exercise good judgment. Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills are a must along with office management and procedural knowledge. Strong computer skills are necessary to conduct daily business. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point are required. The scope of duties will be fairly broad and varied thus flexibility is necessary.

The Center is an equal opportunity institution. The closing deadline for applications is June 24, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found. Starting date is immediate. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application, resume and names of three references to:

The Center for Rural Development
Director of Training
Administrative Assistant Position
2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300

Sales Manager

The Center for Rural Development (The Center), located in Somerset, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Sales Manager.

The Sales Manager’s primary responsibility is the solicitation and cultivation of a client base consisting of prospective renters and event promoters that will maximize utilization of the organization’s facilities.  The position is responsible for promoting and implementing new and existing fee services, with a special emphasis on meetings, conferences, and conventions, that will generate revenue for the organization.

The Sales Manager has the overall responsibility for creating and maintaining relationships, in conjunction with the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, with conference and convention clients and developing sales strategies to increase revenue.  Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, space rentals, scheduling, creating, and developing new initiatives, negotiation of contracts, lease agreements associated with all events, presentations to potential clients, responding to inquiries and requests from clients in a timely manner, and preparing bid proposals.

To further support organizational sustainability, the Sales Manager has the responsibility to support maximum utilization of the theatre space, as well as enhance arts and cultural activity throughout the region.


Education and experience:

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree with three to five years of work related experience in direct sales.

Specific Skills Required


  • Must have a minimum of three years of direct sales experience.
  • Must be self-directed and service minded.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Must have excellent interpersonal and formal presentation skills before both small and large groups.
  • Must possess excellent organizational skills and the ability to keep accurate records.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and handle difficult situations.
  • Strong negotiation and analytical skills required.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to travel as necessary to trade shows, conventions & other networking events.

For further details, qualifications, and application process, please contact