Assistant Director of Public Works/Engineering

City of Joplin, MO | Joplin, MO

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Posted Date 11/02/2023

A vibrant and dynamic community offering outstanding recreational, educational and cultural amenities paired with affordable living, the City of Joplin, Missouri is more than a destination; it’s the next place to be. This crossroads of culture lies tucked away in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri, home to the convergence of Interstate 44, Interstate 49, and Historic Route 66 as well as approximately 52,000 residents. The city anchors the fourth-largest metro area in the state - a region of over 400,000 - and as many as 250,000 people are estimated to pass through the community’s 38.6 square miles each day.

The Public Works Department employs nearly 150 individuals, making it the largest department within the City of Joplin. Working with an annual budget of approximately $78 million, these valuable employees maintain over 433 miles of sanitary sewer mains, 8,150 sewer manholes, 825 lane miles of streets, 100 miles of storm sewer pipes and culverts, 9,000 inlets/catch basins, and over 35 buildings and facilities. Public Works personnel are arranged in seven divisions: Airport, Engineering, Facilities, Sanitary Sewer Maintenance, Street Maintenance, Sewer Treatment, and Transit.

Under the guidance of Joplin’s Director of Public Works, the Assistant Director of Public Works/Engineering is responsible for the daily operations of the department’s Engineering, Airport, Facilities, and Transit divisions and serves as the City’s floodplain administrator. The position oversees a combined 61 staff members, including the personnel engaged in stormwater, sanitary sewer, streets and contract engineering, inspections, and surveys. This includes participating in hiring and promotional processes, coordinating, assigning, and reviewing personnel, coaching and developing direct reports, and addressing employee performance concerns.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related discipline is required, as is five years of full-time professional engineering experience in a public works environment, including three years in a supervisory role. The selected candidate must also possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be registered as a Professional Engineer in Missouri within six months of their start date. Local government experience is preferred, and the new hire will be asked to learn the Joplin City Charter, Code, and Personnel Rules and Regulations. Please note that residency within 25 miles of the city limits is also required within six months.

The City of Joplin is offering a salary range of $82,110 to $135,716 for this position, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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For more information on this position, contact:
Marsha Reed, Senior Vice President

Salary82,110.00 - 135,716.00 Annual
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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