Upper Cumberland Development District has an opening for a Business Specialist. The Business Specialist will work to elevate the economic status of the Upper Cumberland region and businesses throughout; improving workforce conditions for both employers and employees by identifying barriers and creating solutions to overcome them.

Duties include:

  • Builds relationships with existing industries and stakeholders throughout the region identifying needs and providing access to resources to address identified needs
  • Researches and writes proposals and grant applications to secure funding for identified challenges.
  • Completes reporting and program administration requirements of multiple funding agencies
  • Provides assistance in the development of short and long-term economic and community development plans
  • Gathers information and prepares studies, reports, and recommendations to achieve stated goals.
  • Serves as a liaison to local, state, and federal agencies
  • Prepares grant proposals and applications; researches grants and administers awarded grants.
  • Attends training and becomes proficient in job-related subject matters


  • Highly driven, self-starter able to chart the course of this new position
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in identifying weaknesses and problem-solving through critical thinking
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to attend necessary training
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask 

Bachelor’s degree in business, political science, economic development, or a related degree is preferred. Experience in manufacturing, business development, or workforce fields is valued. Tennessee Certified Economic Developer Certification – to be earned during employment

Interested applicants should complete an online application, found here, and/or submit a resume to careers@ucdd.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer