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Located just 35 minutes from Seattle, Covington, Washington, is ideally situated to offer the best the Pacific Northwest region has to offer. Residents enjoy a family-friendly community and active lifestyle featuring many nearby outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, skiing, water sports, fishing, biking and more. While the population of Covington is approximately 21,000, the retail trade area serves a population of about 100,000. The city’s amenities bring visitors from more than four ZIP codes to shop at some of the area’s most popular retail outlets, enjoy dining in the downtown core, and take care of their healthcare needs all in one place.
The City of Covington is governed by a council-manager government. City departments include Executive, Community Development, Finance, Parks & Recreation, and Public Works. The City is served by the Kent Regional Fire Authority and contracts for services, such as street maintenance, police, court and jail services. The City operates on a 2021 total budget of $82,348,637 which includes the general fund budget of $23,512,818, with approximately 70 FTEs.
Operating on a 2021 budget of $2,990,447 and with 12 staff members, Community Development Department functions include current planning, long-range planning, development review, environmental (SEPA) review, Shoreline Management Program (SMP) administration, building and construction inspection and economic development.
Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Community Development Director manages the operations of the department and participates as a member of the city’s management team. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the functions of the department.
A bachelor’s degree in urban planning or a related field and 6 years of progressively responsible experience in a public planning position, including 3 years of supervisory experience are required. A master’s degree in Urban Planning; 2 or more years of experience in a managerial capacity in municipal government; and current membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) is preferred. Any other combinations of education, training and experience that provide evidence of the knowledge and skills to perform job responsibilities may be considered.
For a complete position profile/full job description and to apply online, visit Prothman at https://www.prothman.com/, click on "Open Recruitments" and then click the position title. For questions, call 206-368-0050. The City of Covington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. First review of applications: July 11, 2021 (open until filled).