Human Resources Director for Joplin, MO

  • City of Joplin, MO
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • Jun 16, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Human Resources and Personnel Management, Mid to Senior Level
  • Salary: $67,671 - $102,567 USD
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Phone: 816-868-7042
  • Apply By: Jul 20, 2021




(Salary Range is - $67,671 - $102,567 DOQ/E; + Excellent Benefits!)

Joplin, a city of 51,000 residents located in both Jasper County and northern Newton County, serves a region of over 400,000 and is the fifth largest metro area in the state of Missouri. Joplin’s daytime census grows to nearly three times its evening population because of a large employment base. Joplin residents and businesses benefit from outstanding transportation infrastructure and assets such as the City operated Joplin Regional Airport, and a network of federal and state highways providing connections throughout the region. The public has access to excellent medical care with two regional hospitals: Mercy Hospital Joplin and Freeman Health System. The region is home to an outstanding array of educational opportunities with a variety of quality public and private schools. Elementary and secondary public education is provided by the Joplin R-VIII School District, serving more than 7,700 students in grades K-12 across 15 campuses. Private schools in the area include Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, College Heights Christian School, and Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS) System. Joplin has a wide variety of higher education offerings, including Missouri Southern State University, Crowder Community College, and Ozark Christian College. The City is home to a new medical school, Kansas City-Joplin University Medicine & Bio-Sciences - the first new medical school built in Missouri in more than forty years. There are also colleges and universities nearby in the region, such as Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, Kansas, and Missouri State University, Drury College, and Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri. Joplin continues to aggressively rebuild following a devastating tornado the community experienced in 2011 that severely impacted the entire region. The City has viewed the recovery as an opportunity to reinvest in the community and the resilience and “can do” spirit of community leaders has inspired a rebirth and reinvestment that continues 10 years later after the tragic event.

Job Description

Joplin is a “Home Rule” city and operates under the council-manager form of government.  The Council consists of nine members, including the Mayor. Every two years the City Council selects one if its members to serve as Mayor, who chairs City Council meetings and serves as the spokesperson for the City Council. The Council selects a professional city manager to oversee all City operations that includes approximately 585 FTEs supported by a total FY 2021 combined funds budget of $113.8 million.

The Human Resources Director reports directly to the City Manager and is an “at-will” employee, serving at the pleasure of the organization’s chief administrative officer. As a department director, this position advises both the City Manager and the City’s Management Team regarding all human resources related initiatives, policies and programs. The Director oversees and makes recommendations for any changes to the City’s personnel policies, as well as assisting in interpreting the personnel policies for the city manager and other department directors, employees and other interested parties. The Human Resources Director has four direct reports, which includes the Assistant Human Resources Director, Human Resources Specialist, Human Resources Assistant, and Senior Clerk. The Director oversees the functional areas of Claims, Insurance, Personnel Services, Recruiting and Hiring, Risk Management, and Safety and Training. The ideal candidate will be a team player that possesses exceptional communication, listening and presentation skills. The City is seeking a collaborative leader who is innovative and entrepreneurial in their approach to HR and organizational development. Those individuals with a focus on customer service and that are adept at problem solving and working with others in partnership to address issues will have an advantage. Serious candidates should possess the ability to adapt to and accept change at a rapid pace while being respectful of Joplin’s organizational history and culture. 

Job Requirements

To qualify for this position, the successful candidate should possess a Bachelors’ degree in Human Resources Management, Personnel Administration, Public or Business Administration or a related field from an accredited college or university. A Master’s degree in a related discipline is preferred. Candidates should also possess a minimum of five (5) years’ full-time human resources work experience at a supervisory and management level.  Prior experience in risk management, public sector human resources experience, and SHRM, SPHR or PHR certification is desirable, but not required.  A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required.  Department Directors are not required to live within City limits but must reside within a 12-mile radius from City Hall.

The salary is negotiable and will be commensurate based on the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications, with a starting range of $67,671 - 102,567.  A generous benefits package is offered that includes health insurance, with single coverage paid by the City, dental and vision insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave. The selected employee will also receive an annual vehicle allowance of $4,800, and reimbursement for City related cell phone expenses. The City’s retirement plan is provided through the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS), with an employee contribution, employer matching rate, and a five-year vesting requirement.  A voluntary deferred compensation plan through ICMA is also available.  

Special Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume on-line at: This position is open until filled; however, prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by Tuesday, July 20, 2021. For more information, please contact Art Davis at, or 816.868.7042. For more information about Joplin, please visit at

Additional Information

Joplin is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Job Address

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