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Communication Coordinator/Data Manager, Rural Institute On Disabilities

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Staff Vacancy Announcement

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) invites applications for a Communication Coordinator and Data Manager to join their team. The primary responsibilities of this position include:
  • Writing, directing and coordinating the development, design, production, distribution and promotion of RI digital and print materials and products. Examples of RI products include the Annual Report, website content, fact sheets, pamphlets, press releases, story pitches, social media posts, promotional materials, etc.
  • Coordinating internal communication and RI-wide communication efforts, such as committees for strategic planning, diversity equity and inclusion, and service collaboration.
  • Independently collecting and summarizing unit-level data across 50+ projects/ programs, providing analysis and strategic improvement recommendations to the Rural Institute executive leadership.
  • Actively contribute to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace through service-related activities within the Rural Institute, the University of Montana, and/or the Missoula community.
  • Oversee external contractors to design, develop and implement public-facing electronic communication assets and educational materials (e.g., web-based resources).
  • Supervise and direct internal employees (e.g., graphic designers and content editors) who develop educational materials.
  • Supervise student employees hired to assist with resource development and other initiatives.
  • Supervise VISTA volunteers to accomplish statewide outreach resource development and dissemination activities, including innovative uses of social media.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience creating digital and print materials in various formats for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated high-quality written communication skills including, grammar, composition, and the ability to edit.
  • Experience using personal computers, standard office equipment, and relevant software such as Microsoft Office Suite tools (e.g., Excel, Word, PPT, Outlook).
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to work with diverse groups of individuals and create and maintain effective working relationships.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in communication, education or related human services field, and three (3) years of related experience.
  • Experience organizing and collecting data, including preparing reports
  • Experience with web site management.
  • Experience strategizing, developing, and facilitating internal and external communications.
About the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities and UM

We engage in research, provide education and interdisciplinary training, and develop model services that improve the skills, abilities, quality of life and satisfaction of people with disabilities in rural communities, their families and those who support and partner with them.

We practice: (a) respectful partnership, (b) informed leadership and (c) evidence-based agenda-setting.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana please visit the links below.


Position Details

Position Title: Communication Coordinator and Data Manager

(Public Education Specialist)

Position Number: 292040

Department: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC)

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week),

Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM, 12 months/year

Salary: $22.553/hr

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan,

partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Monday, March 13, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.*

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular


University of Montana.

At UM, we approach everything with creativity because that’s what this evolving world needs. We are stewards of this place, its history and our future. We are driving forward together, affecting change that is right for our place and people. We know of no better place than Montana and its university to make a lasting impact on the common good.

As Montana’s flagship university, we set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large.

The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula – our home and the state’s second-largest city with about 80,000 residents – and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Our students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the arts, sciences, trades, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

Our main campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel and along the Clark Fork River, and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies two sites, one just across the river from the main campus, and one on the southwest side of Missoula.

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