Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22186
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Classification Title Communications Professional
Working Title Rural Community Research Associate
Brief Position Overview
The Rural Community Research Associate (CRA) will facilitate productive,
trusting relationships between MSU researchers and rural, non-tribal
communities in Montana according to best practices in community-based
participatory research. Although the position is designed to support
investigators affiliated with CAIRHE and INBRE, the Rural CRA may assist non-
affiliated MSU researchers with the prior approval of the CAIRHE and INBRE
Position Number 4C0769
Department American Indian Rural Health Equity
Division Office of Research and Economic Development
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary range of $65,000 to $70,000 annually, commensurate with
experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open
This position focuses on seeking, establishing, and developing research
partnerships as a liaison between Center for American Indian and Rural Health
Equity (CAIRHE) and Montana INBRE faculty investigators and rural Montana
communities interested in community-based participatory research projects. The
individual in this position will participate in the Montana IDeA Community
Engagement Core, facilitating its activities and helping to advance its
Duties and Responsibilities
Identify, establish, and help to develop research partnerships between
CAIRHE and Montana INBRE faculty investigators and Montana's rural
communities interested in community-based participatory research.
Serve as liaison among CAIRHE, Montana INBRE, and rural communities as
well as other stakeholders engaged in rural health in Montana.
Introduce CAIRHE and Montana INBRE investigators to communities interested
in research partnerships.
Facilitate the dissemination of research results by investigators to
partner communities and the development of informed interventions by
Advise and mentor CAIRHE and Montana INBRE investigators on best practices
in community-based participatory research and formulation of successful
Participate in monthly CAIRHE Round Table mentoring meetings and the
monthly Montana INBRE Administrative Core meeting and meet with potential
investigators to answer questions, guide their proposal development, and
connect them with program resources.
Contribute to the Montana IDeA Community Engagement Core's design and
delivery of training in community-based participatory research, research
ethics, and related topics to CAIRHE and Montana INBRE investigators.
Contribute to the Montana IDeA Community Engagement Core's efforts to
collaborate with other organizations through consultations, trainings in
community engagement practices, grant writing, and written reports of
Maintain regular communication across the CAIRHE and Montana INBRE
statewide networks regarding the activities and opportunities offered
through both programs and provide information updates through the “Weekly
Resources” list serve.
Assist program leadership and investigators in the management and
scheduling of the Health Education and Research Bus used by program staff
and investigators to serve rural and Native communities around the state.
Attend applicable regional and national NIH meetings, when possible.
Attend other regional and national rural health meetings that are
particularly relevant to this position, when possible.
Meet with CAIRHE and Montana INBRE leadership, the Montana IDeA Community
Engagement Core, and program staff for regularly scheduled meetings (bi-
weekly or monthly). Also meet with CAIRHE and Montana INBRE External
Advisory Committees, along with leadership and staff, during annual EAC
visits to Montana (or via zoom).
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Bachelor's Degree in the field of science, health, and/or community organizing or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Demonstrated ability to effectively facilitate community relationships.
Direct knowledge of Montana's rural communities and Montana's health care infrastructure.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple initiatives while working with various constituents to bring projects to successful completion.
Demonstrated ability to train researchers and community members in community engagement research.
Experience working with Montana's rural communities, particularly in a health context.
Prior experience in community organizing.
The Successful Candidate Will
Have the aptitude for working with a wide variety of constituencies.
Have the ability to take initiative and work independently.
Have the ability to work collaboratively with others to solve problems and
facilitate the work of others.
Have excellent organizational and communication skills.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This position may require traveling to partner sites across the state at
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of
duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the
job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to
assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The
requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
This position has supervisory duties? No
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on January 20, 2022 ; however,
applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has
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