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Employment Opportunities

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

THANK YOU in advance for your interest in career opportunities with The Center for Rural Development!

 The Center operates a $15 million dollar facility that serves Southern and Eastern Kentucky with an array of economic development programs in agriculture, tourism, export assistance, small business development, industrial recruitment and telecommunications.

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

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.

The closing deadline for applications is May 15, 2024, or until a suitable candidate is found. Please send resumes to or