Assistant Director

Commonwealth of Kentucky
Frankfort, KY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Division of Water manages, protects, and enhances the quality and quantity of the Commonwealth’s water resources for present and future generations, through voluntary, regulatory, permitting, and educational programs. The Division performs a number of critical functions including addressing problems with water pollution and potential flooding and drought impacts, ensuring a clean drinking water supply, monitoring and assessing the health of Kentucky’s waterways, and assisting communities with grant and loan assistance for water and wastewater needs.

The Assistant Director provides administrative support and technical management assistance to the Director and the eight branches within the Division of Water, and performs the duties of the Director in their absence.

This role offers a great opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging, and professional setting with great benefits, and the chance to make a positive impact on the environment on a daily basis.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Provides daily guidance to staff regarding Division administrative and technical programs, including supervision of all Branch Managers and assistance with personnel issues and recommendations
  • Evaluates and monitors Division activities to increase efficiency in operations
  • Assists the Director with the development, implementation, and tracking of federal policies, procedures, and strategic planning as they relate to the Division
  • Serves as the technical lead for the Division, advises, and makes recommendations to management regarding permits, certifications, public water systems, enforcement activities and other issues
  • Represents the Division at technical, legal, and administrative hearings, seminars, meetings, advisory committees, task forces, and national organizations
  • Prepares responses to federal regulations, guidance documents, information requests, and reports for the Director

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • The ability to oversee multiple tasks with attention to detail, while meeting time-sensitive deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to independently research issues and develop appropriate solutions
  • Be a highly motivated and team-oriented individual
  • Work effectively with a broad range of internal and external agencies
  • Strong organizational, program development, and communication skills are necessary

Minimum Requirements

EDUCATION: Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor's degree.

EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: Four years of administrative or management experience.

Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: A master's degree will substitute for one year of the required experience.

Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: Additional administrative, management, or research experience will substitute for the required education on a year- for-year basis.


Working Conditions

Incumbents working in this job title primarily perform duties in an office setting. Minimal travel may be required.

Probationary Period

This job has an initial and promotional probationary period of 6 months, except as provided in KRS 18A.111.