City of Covington seeks an Assistant City Manager for Administration and Special Projects

Administration and Special Projects
Posted 3 months ago

Do you want to work in a historic city with a cool urban vibe that rejects the cookie-cutter, strip mall mentality? If so, come join our team! With over 40,000 people and 200 years of heritage, Covington offers small city charm and big-city benefits – sitting just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati but boasting a more laid-back way of life. Some two dozen neighborhoods boast their own character, its population is diverse on a number of levels, and its downtown offers an eclectic array of authentic restaurants, bars, event centers and small businesses.

Covington enjoys an extremely engaged business and neighborhood community and that is why it is important that we have an Assistant City Manager who understands the impact of policies on a local government and who can undertake public policy analysis that will be used by the City Commission and the City Manager. This position will serve as an advocate of the City’s positions on issues in the State Legislature, regional governmental boards/associations as well as developing relationships with other municipalities and other local government agencies. Will also monitor and analyze policy changes within the City government. Additional duties include assisting in collective bargaining negotiations and special projects. To learn more or to apply, visit our website:


The principal function of this position is to provide leadership and support to the City Manager in a variety of specialized complex management and policy analyses to support decision-making with a focus on special projects, special policy initiatives, intergovernmental affairs and labor relations.


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

  • Working as an advocate of the City’s positions on issues in the state legislature, regional governmental boards/associations, as well as developing relationships with other municipalities and other local government agencies.
  • Briefing the City Manager, elected officials and senior management on complex municipal and community issues, pending legislation, and other administrative issues.
  • Working in collaboration within and outside the organization to achieve City goals as a key member of the City Manager’s Executive Management Team.
  • Performing complex, confidential and sensitive projects as assigned by the City Manager.
  • Working with the City Manager to negotiate bargaining agreements with AFSCME, IAFF-Local 38 and the FOP and manage CBA grievance resolution.
  • Working with the City Manager to oversee the Administration Department which includes Human Resources, IT, Communications, Analytics and Grant Writing.
  • Coordinating any work related to policy changes within the City government and overseeing policy analysis under the direction of the City Manager.


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.


  • Ability to develop and direct a program for maintaining contact with legislative and political leaders to obtain results on the City’s legislative objectives.
  • Advises the City Manager and Elected Officials on various intergovernmental relationships and policies.
  • Resolves differences between the City of Covington and other political jurisdictions through conferences and discussions.
  • Thorough knowledge of government policies specifically to local government operations.
  • Uses logic and reasoning to analyze, understand, and evaluate complex situations, policies and proposals while exercising appropriate judgment in establishing priorities.  Considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions, among other things.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a cooperative and professional relationship with employees, citizens, community and private organizations, elected officials, boards and commissions.  Handles all interactions with poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Skill in effective oral presentations in a concise and effective manner, work diplomatically amongst people with divergent opinions.
  • Listen and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people and attend or conduct various meetings as required.
  • General knowledge of office electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software.


  • Limited


  • Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, Government or related field and a minimum of 7 years related work experience with 3-5 years at a management level.


  • Valid Driver’s License


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


  • 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.

We are accepting applications through July 13th.

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