Explore Asheville

Director of Grants – Explore Asheville

Explore Asheville

Job Title:                    Director of Grants

Reports to:                VP of Destination Development & Community Engagement

Department:               Community Engagement

FLSA Status:             Exempt  

Position Summary:

This is a newly created role for Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (Explore Asheville).  The Director of Grants is responsible for the management and administration of a robust, competitive capital projects matching grants program with an estimated annual budget of $10-13 million. This position will lead the development of program improvements and guidelines, deliver information to internal and external stakeholders, manage the application, review, and awards process, monitor reporting deadlines and payments schedules, and track projects from award disbursement to close, including final reporting, documentation, and analysis. Through efficient processes, strong relationship building, effective customer service, and communication, this position ensures the program complies with applicable state legislation and local program guidelines, generates goodwill, and strengthens visitor experience and spend as well as quality of life for residents.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF)

  • Effectively manage and serve as liaison to TPDF committee. With input from CEO, BCTDA and VP of Destination Development & Community Engagement, responsible for facilitating and documenting nominating process for committee members as well as determining when a grant cycle will occur. Proactively schedule and conduct committee meetings in accordance with grant cycles.
  • Lead in the development of grants program improvements and contribute to the development and evolution of the program’s strategic direction. Draft edits to and update grant management and program guidelines, as necessary. Conduct ongoing program analysis of grant reports and program trends. Monitor integrity of data through accurate tracking and reporting of applications and awards within the grants management software.
  • Manage a two-phase online grant process, as well as presentations and site visits for finalists. Counsel applicants through the submission process.
  • Perform required due diligence on applicants and grantees to ensure compliance with state legislation and grant program requirements, mission, and goals. Negotiate and facilitate sensitive issues in the grant-making process as needed.
  • Develop, present, and/or oversee grant program trainings, info sessions and orientations, including funding guidelines and post-award grants management processes, effectively communicating guidelines, mission, and value to Buncombe County’s tourism industry. Devise and implement methods to further grow awareness of program and increase quality and diversity of applicant pool.
  • Establish consistent signage recognition program across all projects to build consistency and awareness of the depth and breadth of community projects supported by the tourism sector.
  • Professionally and accurately communicate agreement terms to grantees and/or contractors including budget, disbursements, amendments, and reporting schedules in accordance with grant program policies and procedures. Monitor compliance with award agreements/contracts on an ongoing basis. Establish and maintain positive relationships.
  • Work with Public Information Manager to announce key program dates, grants awarded, recognition ceremonies, champion important grantee milestones, accomplishments, and stories.
  • With oversight of department VP, responsible for the grants program budget ensuring timely distribution, accountability and compliance with guidelines and laws. Schedule grants disbursements: track payment schedules and monitor grant balances. Manage and track budget reallocation and project extension requests, responding/coordinating with grantees and Authority leadership, as necessary.
  • Analyze grantee financial reports and present on the financial progress compared to awarded budget. Provide final oversight/approval to direct the closing of completed grants, including the submission of reports and final documentation.
  • Build relationships with other funding organizations in Buncombe County to gain and share knowledge of best practices, funding opportunities and areas of potential collaboration to align priorities for the greatest benefit to our community.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Business Development Departments to integrate new products into promotional and sales efforts. Ensure annual grant recipient reports are socialized across departments to maximize impact and ROI of projects.

Festivals & Cultural Events Grants and Sponsorships

  • In collaboration with CEO, select candidates to serve on the annual grant review committee, coordinate committee review processes and selections, and manage communications with grantees and other applicants.
  • Manage quarterly event sponsorship application process and support CEO in approval process.
  • Professionally and accurately communicate agreement terms to grantees and/or contractors including budget, disbursements, amendments, and reporting schedules in accordance with grant program policies and procedures. Monitor compliance with award agreements/contracts on an ongoing basis. Establish and maintain positive relationships.
  • Accountable for the fulfillment of sponsorship rights (i.e. ticket distribution, etc.) associated with awarded grants and sponsorships, working closely with the Events & Engagement Manager.


Team Leadership

  • Accountable for the day-to-day workload and contribute to a cohesive, effective, and accountable team in alignment and consistent with Explore Asheville’s values. Actively participate in team meetings and initiatives.
  • Lead and/or participate in meetings/planning/initiatives to support strong workplace culture and successful performance/execution of organizational strategy. Elevate and solve issues, support change, and ensure the maintenance of productive processes.
  • Represent Explore Asheville/BCTDA at meetings and industry functions and before the public. This may include making presentations to a wide range of groups.

Other Responsibilities:

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  There may be times where this position is asked to help other team members with their work, completing tasks outside of this description.



  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience in progressively responsible positions in significant grants management or fundraising/development. Preferred degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Finance, Planning, Economic Development, or other related field -OR- any combination of education, coursework, and/or technical training necessary to meet position requirements.
  • Demonstrated experience in philanthropy, government and/or the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and managing grant evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience supervising volunteer boards, committees, workgroups, project teams, vendors; experience executing in managerial competencies including relationship building conflict resolution.
  • Appreciation for Buncombe County’s tourism community.
  • Must be able to use sound judgment and discretion.
  • Well-organized, self-motivated, and comfortable in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • High attention to detail.


Physical Environment & Working Conditions:

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work involves working alone on the computer, collaborating as part of a team, or working closely with others by computer or over the phone.
  • Most work tasks are performed indoors.
  • Must be able to sit or stand at a desk for up to 7.5 hours per day.
  • Requires grasping, writing, being mobile, repetitive motions, listening and hearing ability and visual acuity.
  • Attendance of outside work functions after hours are required.
  • Position is expected to spend time in the community on a regular basis.



Some local travel, generally within Buncombe County, is required, but not extensive. Must have a valid driver’s license, current automobile insurance and own or have access to an automobile when needed.




EEO Statement:

Explore Asheville provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Explore Asheville strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization.  We are actively seeking a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of abilities, backgrounds, and cultures.

About Explore Asheville:

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) oversees the work of the Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, which develops and carries out advertising, marketing, public relations, and group sales plans to inspire leisure and business travelers to visit Asheville and Buncombe County.  In 2021, the BCTDA adopted strategic imperatives that are informing and guiding the direction of Explore Asheville’s program of work and community investments going forward.  These strategic imperatives include:

  • Deliver balanced recovery and sustainable growth
  • Encourage safe and responsible travel
  • Engage and invite more diverse audiences
  • Promote and support Asheville’s creative Spirit

In addition, the Explore Asheville staff has adopted and embraced the following core values:

  • Innovate & Evolve – We seek out new ideas and are open to change.
  • Leadership & Collaboration – We focus on the truly important priorities to make the most positive impact.
  • Equity & Empathy – We respect and embrace differences recognizing real progress requires inclusion.


What we offer:

Explore Asheville offers a competitive benefits package that includes a Paid Time Off program with 18 days to start, 11 annual paid office holidays, employer-subsidized medical insurance, employer-provided dental, life, STD and LTD insurance, plus 401k with a company match, and employee wellness benefits.

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