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Development Manager
Title:Development Manager
Department:Department of Development
Location:20 West Pike Street
City of Covington
Job Description

Job Title: Development Manager
Department:Department of Development
Reports To: Development Director/City Engineer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Civil Service: No
Union: No
Classification: 200
Salary Range: $81,731.00 – $89,900.00
Probation Period: None
Prepared By: Jo Ann Simpson, Human Resources Director
Prepared Date: August 12, 2016
Revised Date:
Approved By: Commissioner’s Order/Resolution No. O/R-279-16
Approved Date: September 13, 2016

Under the general supervision and direction of the Development Director/City Engineer, the Development Manager will be responsible for managing the day to day development activities for the City of Covington by: creating and implementing programs to retain, attract, expand and grow compatible businesses for the City; promoting the City as an ideal business location through presentations, correspondence and meetings with individual investors and business owners, organizations and economic development prospects and clients: promoting business development through personal contacts with community leaders, management officials of existing business, real estate professionals, and area and state agencies; creating, assessing, and managing economic incentives and directing the day-to-day targeted outreach efforts to stimulate new investment and employment opportunities citywide; working with developers in public-private partnership to achieve new real estate development in the city.

This position will oversee the work of:
  • Pre-Development Services
    • Zoning & Development Specialist
    • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Economic Development
    • Economic Development Specialist
    • Business Assistance Specialist
  • Community Development
    • Community Development Manager
    • Housing Specialist (2)
    • Administrative Assistant (PT)

The Manager will work with the Public Information Officer and Manager of Analytics and Intelligence to develop, implement and manage marketing strategies and plans for available sites and buildings in the City and coordinate with the Public Services Division on joint projects.

The Manager will assist in facilitating the economic development planning process and oversee the City’s Real Estate Development programs and projects, as follows: the City’s Tax Increment Financing District; the Covington Economic Development Program, and the HUD 108 Loan Pool.


Work Program and Scheduling:
Develop and prioritize project and program list; establish project schedules; adjust programs to match available staff; produce scheduling documentation and monitor progress. Develop timelines and schedules for City’s economic development programs. Help set goals and priorities for the City’s business development, finance, retention and assistance activities. Ensure communication between departments and prevent overlap of duties. Establish goals and objectives and evaluate the degree to which they are achieved.

Budget Preparation:
Review needs, programs and projects; evaluate budget projections; develop preliminary budgets; attend budget meetings; monitor expenditures and revenues.

Business Development:
Identify, recruit and provide technical assistance to businesses targeted to locate and/or expand in Covington; Distribute economic development information and resources; Implement a targeted marketing program identifying the types of businesses needed in each business district; Build real estate development deals and conduct due diligence; Negotiate for the acquisition/disposition or lease of properties needed for economic development projects; Research best practices locally, regionally, and nationally; Gather and maintain relevant business data to track economic indicators, and identify target industries and incubation opportunities; Maintain and provide a current data base of available (sale or lease) commercial and industrial properties in the City; Maintain a listing of all state, federal, and local economic development incentives available to assist with business development; Assist businesses with navigation of city department, programs, regulations and other processes.

Economic Development Finance:
Provide technical assistance with identifying economic assistance and financial resources to assist with financing business startups, relocations and expansions; Serve as managing staff to the City’s Internal Review Committees and the Covington Economic Development Authority; Review and analyze loan portfolio and incentives performance and make recommendations to the City’s Internal Review Committees and the Covington Economic Development Authority; Create and administer the City’s real estate development programs and oversee related projects; Maintain records and audit applicable businesses as mandated per CDBG compliance rules and regulations for economic development; Author binding development agreements specific to awarded grants, incentives and loans that are project based; Annually review and update the City of Covington’s economic development incentives; Conduct economic development finance/business credit analysis and loan underwriting loan to thoroughly assess the risk to the City for each potential investment; Conduct annual project review to ensure compliance and performance, and facilitate business follow up; Underwrite requests for incentives, process applications; Assess projects for incentive eligibility, provide technical assistance, and communicate incentive process; Review and analyze pro formas.

Public Private Partnerships:
Participate and coordinate with other economic development partners in the region, including the Catalytic Development Funding Corporation, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, Tri-Ed, the Covington Business Council and the Urban Partnership, Duke Energy, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Skyward, Southbank Partners, the Latonia Business Association, the Mainstrasse Village Association and other organizations.

Directly supervise :
  • Pre-Development Services
    • Zoning & Development Specialist
    • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Economic Development
    • Economic Development Specialist
    • Business Assistance Specialist
  • Community Development
    • Community Development Manager
Bachelor degree is required in finance/business/urban planning related field and additional 3-5 years experience in building public-private partnerships.

  1. Knowledge of real estate and business economic principles and the concepts of commercial/industrial revitalization and development.
  2. Knowledge of financial analysis techniques.
  3. Ability to maintain confidential, financial and development related information.
  4. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with the business community.
  5. Skill in identifying and solving difficult business development and retention problems.
  6. Knowledge or experience in areas of commercial district revitalization, real estate development, finance, economics or related field.
  7. Experience developing and implementing recruitment and retention techniques. Seasoned Project Management and Collaboration skills
  8. Seasoned Problem-solving skills
  9. Ability to prioritize simultaneous projects/issues/concerns & to take ownership of work
  10. Strong organizational, interpersonal, and consultative skills
  11. Ability to lead staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness
  12. Must be able to prepare and implement short and long range strategic plans, including considerations of budgetary, organizational and public impact
  13. Deep skills in applying quantitative and qualitative analytical methods – use of data to drive decision-making is a required skill
  14. Demonstrated ability to present information in multiple forms including charts, graphs, narratives, and presentations to senior management and the public
  15. Commitment to excellence and a high stress tolerance
Possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License
Economic Development Finance Professional Certification Program from the National Development Council or Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program from the International Economic Development Council (within 6 years of appointment)

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 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 and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in 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 understanding in order to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form

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; sit and use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and 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 to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is typically in an office environment with some exposure to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to quiet.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30 pm. Evening, week-end or hour adjustments may be required as the 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, Kentucky is an EEO employer***
***Female and Minority Candidates are Encouraged to Apply***
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