Job Opening: Business Development Assistant or Specialist

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development is hiring an individual to work with agricultural and rural-based businesses seeking KCARD assistance and to lead work on KCARD special projects related to the agricultural and food industries in Kentucky. This position will be designated as either a Business Development Assistant or Specialist depending on level of experience and expertise.


KCARD is a non-profit organization that works with farmers, farmers markets, agritourism operations, value- added operations, cooperatives, Community-Supported Agriculture (CSAs) operations, meat processing facilities, grain handling operations, horticultural businesses, and many other agricultural-related businesses operating in Kentucky.


KCARD employees have flexible scheduling options available.



  • Meet with producers, business owners, and organizations interested in KCARD services to gather information on their status and needs;
  • Manage projects related to agricultural and food-related business needs;
  • Work collaboratively with KCARD team to deliver assistance and be responsive;
  • Provide support to those entities by assessing needs and determining appropriate course of action, in consultation with KCARD team;
  • Draft business and marketing plans and other documents for clients; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong work ethic with a self-motivated nature
  • Knowledge of Kentucky agriculture and the agricultural and food sectors
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Understanding of economics, marketing, and business structures
  • BS degree in relevant field (advanced degree or significant experience preferred)
  • Experience with agricultural businesses and managing projects
  • Experience with computers and common software, including Microsoft Excel
  • Valid driver’s license and access to private vehicle


Location: Flexible within state of Kentucky, with significant in-state travel expected. Having the ability to locate in areas currently underserved is desirable, but not required.

To be considered, please send a resume and cover letter to Aleta Botts via email at no later than August 20, 2018. Questions regarding the position can be submitted to this email address as well.


The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer.