Parks & Rec needs 2 high-energy people

The mission of Covington’s Parks & Recreation Division? To enrich the lives of Covington’s families. The Division has two openings.  

COVINGTON, Ky. - Covington’s Parks & Recreation Division has ambition in 2019: Come spring, for example, it plans to organize a blacktop basketball tournament in the City. Come fall, it hopes to create a youth soccer league. 

To pull off these plans and the many dozens of other events and activities it organizes for Covington’s families and youth, the Division needs to fill two open positions with energetic, highly motivated, and enthusiastic people.
“We need people who can step right in and help us execute our vision,” said Rosie Santos, the City’s Parks and Recreation Manager. “They need to be willing to work hard toward our mission and yet have fun, because that’s what we do.”
The Recreation Program Coordinator is a full-time position, while the Recreation Assistant is part-time, requiring about 15-20 hours a week. The job openings can be seen HERE under the “Neighborhood Services” header.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 18.
Neither position is new. The new hires will replace Erin Smiley, the Recreation Program Coordinator who is leaving to direct health promotions at the Butler County (Ohio) Health District, and Cindy Swegles, the longtime Recreation Specialist who, after retiring, remained with the City on a part-time basis.   
“Erin and Cindy have been great employees, so our new staff will, as they say, have big shoes to fill,” Santos said.
About Parks & Rec
The program coordinator oversees daily programming, helps create policy, and maintains records, so that person needs to be organized, efficient, and able to work well with people, Santos said. The recreation assistant pitches in and helps wherever needed while sometimes serving as a project and event coordinator.
Parks & Recreation, which falls under the Neighborhood Services Department, operates and maintains about 30 parks and playgrounds on nearly 200 acres in Covington, including two swimming pools and a splash park. It organizes and provides numerous activities, events, and amenities for Covington’s families, including outdoor movies, the annual Fishing Derby, picnic shelter rentals, youth sports camps, activities for senior citizens, the Egg Hunt, and hiking trails.
“Individually, those activities and attractions are fun. Collectively, they represent a critical factor of what makes Covington a thriving community, which we define as possessing high-quality neighborhoods, parks, and people,” Santos said.
“At Parks & Rec, we value family wellness, youth development, healthy aging and top-notch services for all our residents, especially those with barriers to participation - and that sets the tone for the overall City.”
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