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Administrative Positions

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The following positions are open and are currently advertised in a variety of advertising sources:

If you should have questions about the position, the requirements or the hiring process, please call 417-625-9527.

Assistant Director of the Physical Plant

Missouri Southern State University is currently accepting applications for the Assistant Director of the Physical Plant. The Assistant Director will provide leadership and management to the physical plant personnel and implement programs and policies related to the maintenance of the campus buildings and grounds. Responsibilities include but are not limited to directing, planning, coordinating and administering the work activities of the custodial, grounds, mechanical maintenance, painters and carpenters maintenance crew. Develops and implements necessary programs to ensure proper allocation of staff, training, equipment, contracted services and operating funds. See our web site at for a complete job description and position requirements. Baccalaureate degree required. Engineering or closely related field preferred. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered. A minimum of five years related experience and/or training in maintenance and or construction project management is required. Experience in a higher education setting including custodial, grounds, and maintenance is preferred.  View complete job description  and additional position requirements on the MSSU website at  Qualified applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Put “Asst. Director Physical Plant” in the subject line. Official transcripts are required within 45 days of hire. Position is open until filled. Employment will require a successful background check. EOE

Library Director

Missouri Southern State University invites applicants for the position of Library Director. Candidates for Library Director should exhibit strong leadership skills, the ability to network, the ability to inspire and motivate library faculty and staff, and the ability to execute a vision for the future of the library. Candidates should have the ability to create a student-focused learning environment and provide leadership and direction to library faculty and staff. The Library Director will earn the respect of faculty, students and staff by showing dedication to the institution and commitment to serving the academic community, and will be an effective voice on behalf of the library. Spiva Library has a dedicated and engaged staff, and several unique collections, including a Native American Resource Collection and digitized mining maps.

 Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is a four year liberal arts institution serving nearly 6,000 students. Expanding graduate and undergraduate programs provide faculty with rich opportunities for service and scholarship. Internationally-focused semesters and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region. MSSU is located in Joplin, MO, which is considered to be the Crossroads of America, and serves as the commercial hub for the four states area. Joplin is a resilient and vibrant city with a population of over 50,000 serving a metropolitan statistical area of 208,000. The convenient location provides quick and easy access to Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City and Tulsa, as well as numerous outdoor activities and attractions throughout the Ozarks.

 An earned MLS from an ALA accredited institution and a minimum of five years professional library experience demonstrating a progression of responsibilities, management and leadership abilities are required. View complete job description and additional position requirements on the MSSU website at  Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, three references with contact information, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and current vitae to: Please reference Library Director in the subject line. Review of applications will be ongoing until a qualified candidate is selected.  For best consideration, please submit applications by October 13, 2016.  Official transcripts are required 45 days after contract is issued. 

 MSSU is an EOE employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among faculty and staff. Employment will require a background check. MSSU is an E-verify participating employer.


Dean of Student Success and Support

Seeking applicants to fill the position of Dean of Student Success and Support.  Duties include being responsible for the administration, planning, supervision, and financial management of the following departments and/or programs: Advising, Testing; New Student Orientation; First-Year Experience; Career Services; Student Success Center; and Disability Services. Position also assists with the University’s Title IV Coordination.

Master’s degree required (doctorate preferred) from a regionally accredited university, in Education, Educational Administration, Higher Education Law, Educational Leadership, University Personnel Administration, or a related field. Six years’ experience in leadership positions within higher education with increasing supervisory and/or administrative student support experience. Competitive salary and benefits package.  Review of applications will remain open until the position is filled. View this web site for complete job description. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least 3 professional references to:

E-Verify participating employer. EOE.






Applicants for employment may visit to view the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy that details MSSU policies and statistics about campus crime. A paper copy of this information is available upon request to the University Police Department at 417-626-2222.