Executive Director

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 030600 - Stennis Inst of Govt and Comm Dev
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade/Salary Minimum:

19/Minimum:  $88,700 

Department Profile:

Senator John C. Stennis founded the Institute in 1976. He sought a policy research and assistance institute in partial acknowledgement of his long public service career. The mission of the SIG is to enhance the capacity of state and local governments, and to promote more desirable and efficient communities. As a research, training, and outreach unit of Mississippi State University, the SIG shares the institution’s land-grant mission of extending university resources to local communities; and, of training students to assume policy and public service roles in society. The SIG provides, among other things, governmental services such as compensation studies, economic impact analyses, policy formulation, and program evaluation. In the area of community development, the SIG responds to current and emerging needs in community and regional development by providing resources and services to assist with building local capacity and enhancing economic prosperity. The SIG also provides impartial, systematic research to public officials to aid in public policy decision making with the goal to identify practical solutions to real-world issues. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1) Responsible for implementation of strategic direction
2) Responsible for branding and maintaining the Institute’s prominence in the State and beyond
3) Maintain relationships with local, state, and federal agencies
4) Provide oversight on budgetary decisions
5) Provide direct oversight of Associate Director position, responsible for personnel and budget decisions
6) Collaborate with other departments and Institutes at Mississippi State University, and serve as a liaison to faculty
7) Build partnerships with other Universities and agencies
8) Teach a minimum of one course per semester 

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Public Administration or Public Policy, Political Science, Policy Studies, Urban or Regional Planning, or allied fields or JD with significant practice and managerial experience relevant to the work of the Stennis Institute of Government. 

Preferred Qualifications:

- Working knowledge of municipalities and their forms of government, especially at the State level
- Experience working with human resource management personnel in state government
- Experience with compensation structures at the local and state level
- Working knowledge of advisory boards and their structure/relationships 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

- Knowledge of forms of government in Mississippi and the region
- Knowledge of structure of State Codes, especially Mississippi
- Able to communicate with elected officials
- Ability to work in local government setting
- Ability to present to various groups on forms of government, especially in Mississippi
- Ability to manage complex personalities
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Knowledge of public service organization mission 

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter indicating your interest in and qualifications for the position, a brief vision statement, current curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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