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Director of Knowledge-Business Development
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Asheville, NC

JOB TITLE:                Director of Knowledge-Business Development

REPORTS TO:           Sr. Vice President Economic Development

DEPARTMENT:        Economic Development

PAY STATUS:           Exempt-Professional


The Director of Knowledge-Business Development position calls for a person with an aptitude for recruiting, supporting, and networking professional, technological, business and other knowledge-based private companies, including high-growth entrepreneurs and small businesses in all stages of growth.  It is imperative this person be experienced in broad-based business recruiting and extremely self-motivated, team driven, collaborative and persistent.  This position requires extensive travel within Buncombe County and some out of area travel for the purpose of recruiting, marketing, representing the organization and client visits.


  • Serving as the primary point of contact for client activity and working to increase the number of, and cross-connections between, knowledge-based private companies in the County.
  • Identifying, recruiting and networking angel and venture capital sources in the County.
  • Continuously making critical introductions for entrepreneurial companies
  • Identifying potential collaborations and seeking opportunities on behalf of knowledge-based private companies within Buncombe County
  • Work with local, regional, state and national partners in a collaborative manner to further build capacity for knowledge-based company growth
  • Work with local partners including knowledge-based private companies to develop an annual strategic plan which accomplishes  with clear goals and measureable performance metrics which further the AVL 5x5 plan for economic development
  • Serve as the liaison to outside partners on behalf of entrepreneurship including participation on local advisory boards and committees
  • Design a dynamic marketing campaign targeting knowledge-based private businesses in target-rich areas. The marketing campaign should incorporate local success stories
  • Plan, coordinate and secure sponsors for a conference or forum designed to achieve the recruitment and business support goals of this position
  • Selectively, where aligned with the recruitment and business support goals of this position, attend and participate in local, regional and state meetings on behalf of the Asheville Area chamber and EDC regarding economic developmen
  • Apply principles of business retention and expansion to entrepreneurial companies in the region
  • Assist the organization in strategic planning for annual program of work
  • Aggressively market our region as a location for entrepreneurial development 
  • Preparing the annual budget for the entrepreneurship office
  • Demonstrate continuous efforts to improve operations and organizational culture, streamline work processes and work collaboratively and jointly to provide excellent customer service


Completion of a bachelor’s degree in business, economics or equivalent combination of education, related experience or training would be required to prepare for this position.  Prior work experience of up to five years in a related management position would be required to prepare for this position.


Knowledge of economic development and business recruitment principles and practices is required. Knowledge of angel/venture capital sectors would be very helpful. Requires the ability to package and sell the area to prospects. Working knowledge of Chamber policies and procedures regarding economic development is essential.  Knowledge of computers, related software and basic office equipment is required.  Must possess management and organizational skills to maintain files and logs, and compile data to generate reports.  Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, economic development allies, investors, prospects and active clients.


Performs duties according to established guidelines and procedures.  Initiative, resourcefulness and creativity are used to attract and recruit businesses and investors to the area.


Works under the direction of the Senior Vice President. Typically only unusual or non-routine situations will be referred to the Senior President.


A high level of accuracy is required when researching economic development materials, and providing financial data to prospects and grant foundations.  Most errors would be detected through proofing and editing procedures with undetected errors ranging in severity from slight to far reaching.


Has frequent internal contact with Chamber vice presidents, departmental associates, the EDC Executive Committee, volunteers and the President/CEO. External contacts include clients and prospects, state, County and City staff and local businesses.  All contacts are for the purpose of exchanging or providing information and require tact, courtesy and professional decorum.


Has access to prospective client information, knowledge of local projects, City/County financial

records, proposed labor strikes and various development problems, all of which are considered confidential and would not be in the Chamber's best interest to disclose.


The degree of concentration ranges from slight to intense based on the work being performed.  Position is subject to frequent interruptions that require varied responses.  While performing duties of the job, incumbent is routinely required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  Requires visual acuity and manual dexterity.


Works in a normal office environment with business travel and exposure to traffic.

Cover letters and resumes may be submitted  via e-mail to  dmonstrola@ashevillechamber.og by December 13, 2013


Date Added: Nov. 1