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Knowledge Translation Coordinator, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities

University of Montana
Job Location:
Missoula, 59812
Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs
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Job Description

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The University of Montana invites applications for a Knowledge Translation Coordinator to serve as a member of the Knowledge Translation Team at the Research and Training Center in Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural). The position is primarily responsible for (1) developing materials and communications related to the RTC: Rural and related research projects for a variety of audiences, including researchers/academics, policymakers, disability stakeholders and the general public, (2) managing and updating content and messaging on our website and social media platforms and (3) managing data-sharing activities to comply with federal guidelines for storing and housing data for public use during and at the conclusion of our grant-funded research projects. This position reports to the Director of the RTC: Rural and will serve on the Knowledge Translation (KT) Team. This position requires strong attention to detail and organizational skills.

The primary responsibilities for this position include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Coordinating the development of digital and print materials as well as activities and events in collaboration with Knowledge Translation Team, researchers, project and program staff and external partners
  • Writing, editing and proofreading scientific and technical publications
  • Preparing modified content for non-scientific audiences, including research summaries, web and social media content, multimedia, educational, and training materials
  • Working with project staff on stakeholder engagement activities, which include updates on research projects, products, and scientific collaborations and opportunities to participate in our research activities
  • Ensuring the accessibility of created materials and leading accessibility quality assurance standards
  • Preparing vendor/tabling materials for conferences
  • Fulfilling outreach activities as needed with project directors
  • Performing weekly updates of the RTC: Rural website (and other project-specific websites) with new information)
  • Proposing and creating compelling outreach content for the web and social media to showcase RTC: Rural’s research projects and programs, technology platforms, trainings and services
  • Posting social media content to various RTC: Rural accounts
  • Managing subscriptions, creation, and dissemination of our eNewsletter
  • Working with project directors to prepare meta-data and data files for upload to the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
  • Submitting research projects (e.g., peer reviewed manuscripts, guides, and factsheets) to the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
  • Submitting RTC: Rural published manuscripts into the PubMed database and other publication tracking activities

The employee assigned to this position will oversee work of graduate and undergraduate students for project-specific activities.

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.

Position Details:
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment (LOA) until Aug. 31, 2024 and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
    • LOA renewal is dependent on satisfactory job performance, continuing project responsibilities, and/or available funding.
  • Salary for this position ranges from $46,000 to $52,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications:
  • Experience editing, proofreading and/or providing review and critique on the written work of staff members, such as researchers and principal investigators
  • Experience communicating complex information to a variety of audiences
  • Experience in creating print and digital materials in various formats for multiple audiences
  • Experience implementing strategies for knowledge translation, such as outreach events, product creation, and dissemination
  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Exceptional speech and writing communication skills
  • Ability to translate research data into plain language and create clear and understandable alternative text descriptions
  • Ability to follow directions and learn how to update and populate websites and social media sites
  • Experience developing social media content to engage and interact with stakeholders
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Proven ability to learn new software
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills, including the ability to manage multiple project activities and timelines
  • Demonstrated skills in attention to detail
  • Ability to work with a diverse and inclusive team collaboratively, optimistically, and respectfully
  • Demonstrated project coordination/management
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience and knowledge in creating accessible digital and print materials to support universal access
  • Understanding of scientific and research processes, including ethics, funding, and peer-reviewed publication best practices
  • Experience with Adobe design products (e.g., Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Experience with uploading content to various website and social media platforms
  • Knowledge of and/or experience creating websites in Wordpress and Cascade
  • Knowledge of and/or experience working with disability-focused government agency personnel, researchers, community organizations, and individuals with disabilities and/or living disability experience
  • Grant-writing experience
About the University of Montana and the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC)

The Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC) mission is to inform positive change for people with disabilities through research and knowledge. As leaders in rural disability research, we collaborate with disability community members across the country to shape our research agenda and ensure that our evidence-based solutions fit their rural contexts. Together, we work to improve the ability of people with disabilities to engage and thrive in rural life.

The University of Montana is an ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals 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, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

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).

How To Apply

Priority Application Date: Sunday, October 15, 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. 

**Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

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