Assistant City Manager -- Joplin, Missouri

  • City of Joplin, Missouri
  • Joplin, Missouri
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management Management
  • Salary: $82,256 USD
  • Salary Top: $124,673
  • Apply By: May 10, 2022


Are you seeking an amazing career opportunity in city management where you can make a difference by positively impacting the lives of others? Joplin, a community of 51,000 residents and the 5th largest metro in Missouri, is seeking a strategic, collaborative and visionary leader with exceptional communication skills to serve as its next Assistant City Manager. 

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 250,000 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.

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 appoints a 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.

Job Description

The Assistant City Manager reports directly to the City Manager and is an “at-will” employee, serving at the pleasure of the organization’s chief administrative officer, and will serve as Acting City Manager as necessary. This position advises both the City Manager, City Council, and the City’s Management Team regarding all operational related initiatives, policies and programs, and will act as an internal consultant to assist departments and divisions by assessing policies, programs and providing solutions for recruitment and retention, performance and discipline management, workforce planning and succession planning, learning and development, and employer/employee relations. The Assistant City Manager coordinates, facilitates, and provides high-level project management for strategic planning and change efforts to ensure wide-spread stakeholder understanding, momentum, buy-in, and commitment to address multi-faceted problems and implement sustainable solutions.

The Assistant City Manager will provide direct supervision of certain departments as assigned by the City Manager and meet regularly with members of the Management Team and other key employees to ensure an operational understanding of projects and issues affecting assigned departments. The successful candidate must conduct their work with the highest integrity, and demonstrate proficiency in communicating effectively, be adept at making good judgement, possess a record of sound decision making, and be able to provide exceptional leadership for a municipal organization. A history of utilizing creative problem solving and possessing the confidence and ability to make presentations to employee groups and/or City Council is essential. 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. The incumbent Assistant City Manager is retiring after a 35-year career with the City.

Job Requirements

To qualify for this position, the successful candidate should possess a Masters’ degree that includes major coursework in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related discipline. Candidates should also possess seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in an administrative and managerial capacity such as financial management, human resources, or major operational area within a local government. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required.  The Assistant City Manager is not required to live within City limits but must reside within a 12-mile radius from City Hall.

Special Instructions

The salary is negotiable and will be commensurate based on the selected candidate’s experience and qualifications, with a starting range of $82,256 to $124,673.  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 and reimbursement for City related cell phone expenses. The City’s retirement plan is provided through the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS L-6), employer contribution, and a five-year vesting requirement. A voluntary deferred compensation plan through ICMA is also available. 

Additional Information

This position is open until filled; first review of applicants will take place beginning on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online at:

Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a comprehensive background, reference, and academic verifications check. For more information, please contact Art Davis:, or at 816.868.7042.  

To learn more about the City of Joplin, please see their website at

Joplin is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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