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Staff Vacancy Announcement

The Rural Institute invites applications for a Family Representative. The family representative is an active advocate for all families in their state/territory, including families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Family representatives work within state, territorial, and/or community systems of care to advise, promote, and educate families and Title V leaders on new and existing policies and programs. Family representatives understand the needs of families in their state and are partners in the planning and review of state Title V programs and policies. Becoming a family representative gives parents and other family members (grandparents, adult siblings, and others) and legal custodians with lived experience across Title V/Maternal and Child Health program the voice and opportunity to effect positive change for women and children, including CYSHCN.

  • Participate in Maternal Child Health advisory boards, committees and councils.
  • Participate in Annual Title V Maternal Child Health Block Grant Application compilation and review.
  • Participate in meetings with Children Special Health Services Section and the Family-to-Family Health Information Center.
  • Participate in Children Special Health Services programming policies and decisions.
  • Participate in consultation of other maternal child health programs as directed by the Children’s Special Health Services.
  • Support parent and family engagement with needs assessment and other program planning initiatives.
  • Attendance at Maternal Child Health conferences at the discretion of the Department and Family to Family health information center.
  • Assist in preparation and presentation of educational resources to stakeholders and public.
  • Assist in Maternal Child Health outreach materials including website.
  • Support information sharing for families of children with special health needs through strategic network building.
Required Skills
  • Strong and effective communication skills, both orally and written
  • Ability to create and present trainings to stakeholders, families and the public as needed
  • Ability to use computer, databases and Microsoft suite programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to learn public health program principles
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Effective collaboration
  • Ability to effectively telework
Preferred Qualifications
  • Lived experience as a parent or guardian of a child with special health needs
  • Preferred ability to travel to annual out of state conference
About the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities and UM

RIIC Mission statement:

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.

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Position Details

Position Title: Family Representative (Research Asst III)

Position Number: NEW

Department: Rural Institute

Work Schedule: Part-time, 0.2 FTE, Monday- Friday varied, 12 months/year

Salary: $18.445/hr.

Union Affiliation: None

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Pro-rated annual and sick leave; Public Employees Retirement (PERS) optional

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

This position will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below.

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 Indeed.com or easy apply through Indeed.com 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 Part-Time

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