City of Covington is seeking a Neighborhood Services Assistant Director

Neighborhood Services Assistant Director
Posted 3 months ago

The Neighborhood Services Department oversees a variety of programs dedicated to improving the physical appearance of neighborhoods and enhancing the quality of life for Covington’s residents and visitors.  Under the general supervision and direction of the Neighborhood Services Director, the Assistant Director will partner in the management of the City’s day-to-day neighborhood services activities.  These include overseeing the housing and community development grant programs, code enforcement, solid waste & recycling, and parks and recreation as well as various strategic projects like management/disposition of City-owned real estate, an early learning initiative, the neighborhood grant program, etc.


The Neighborhood Services Assistant Director must be experienced, innovative, and strategic.  The individual must have strong political acumen and the ability to work effectively with a full range of elected leadership, employees, community organizations, and the public.


The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Plans and organizes work to meet schedules and timelines working directly with the Director and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Establishes goals and objectives and evaluates the degree to which they are achieved.
  • Researches prepare and submit administrative reports, studies and grant applications.
  • Manages various procurement processes (RFPs, RFQs, IFBs).
  • Researches best practices and makes recommendations regarding policy issues and matters of concern.
  • Assesses community needs and develops and adjusts programs and activities accordingly.
  • Manages special projects and initiatives as assigned by the Director or at the request of the City Manager or City Commission.
  • Assists with budget preparation and management including the review of needs, programs and projects; evaluation of budget projections; development of budgets; attendance at budget meetings; monitoring of expenditures and revenues.
  • Provides administrative oversight for the implementation of the department’s goals and strategies.
  • Assists with staff supervision by participating in the development of annual goals and objectives, providing guidance, and monitoring progress toward goal achievement.
  • Presents to City Commission, community and business groups and the public on various neighborhood projects, programs, issues, concerns, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Employees at all levels are expected to effectively work together to meet the needs of the community and the organization through work behaviors demonstrating the City’s Values.  Employees are also expected to lead by example and demonstrate the highest level of ethics.


  • Supervise duties of assigned department staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • General knowledge of community engagement and neighborhood redevelopment.
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and recommend an effective course of action or present alternative solutions
  • General knowledge regarding grant applications and administration.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diverse range of coworkers, residents, businesses and community organizations.  This includes providing customer service in a tactful, patient and courteous manner.
  • Excellent communications skills including the ability to create and deliver clear and coherent presentations to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to supervise and empower staff with a variety of subject matter expertise.
  • Ability to multitask multiple projects regarding a variety of subject areas.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration, Public Administration/Planning or a closely related field.
  • Three to five (3-5) years of increasingly responsible experience including (3) years in a managerial role in a public or private (for-profit or non-profit) organization.
  • A combination of relevant education and experience, which would demonstrate knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.


  • Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.  Any related certifications are a plus


  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.
  • Ability to write speeches, articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or a board of directors.


  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions and decimals.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.
  • Capacity to compute rates, ratios, and percentages, also able to create and interpret various types of graphs.


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Capability to apply common sense


  • The 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.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in an office environment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • This is a full-time position.  Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  Evening, weekend or hours adjustments may be required as job duties demand.
  • 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.

The City of Covington is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected] or you may call us at (859) 292-2351.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus.

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