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Mississippi State University

Executive Director

Mayhew, MS
Expiration Date: August 15, 2017

This position is for an Executive Director - Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development with a public university location in Starkville, MS.The Executive Director of the Stennis Institute of Government (SIG) at Mississippi State University reports to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The Director of SIG provides leadership and supervision to 20 full and part-time staff. The Director also cultivates, generates, and manages a significant portfolio of grants and contracts sponsored by local, regional, state, and national public and private agencies.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 direction2) Responsible for branding and maintaining the Institute's prominence in the State and beyond3) Maintain relationships with local, state, and federal agencies4) Provide oversight on budgetary decisions5) Provide direct oversight of Associate Director position, responsible for personnel and budget decisions6) Collaborate with other departments and Institutes at Mississippi State University, and serve as a liaison to faculty7) Build partnerships with other Universities and agencies8) 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 levelExperience working with human resource management personnel in state governmentExperience with compensation structures at the local and state levelWorking knowledge of advisory boards and their structure/relationships Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Knowledge of forms of government in Mississippi and the regionKnowledge of structure of State Codes, especially MississippiAble to communicate with elected officialsAbility to work in local government settingAbility to present to various groups on forms of government, especially in MississippiAbility to manage complex personalitiesAbility to communicate effectivelyKnowledge of public service organization missionEqual 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.

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Minimum Degree Requirements