Rural Community Research Associate

Montana State University

United States

January 20, 2022


Position Details Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 22186

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Ann Bertagnolli at (406) 994-5214 or

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 principal investigators.

Position Number 4C0769 Department American Indian Rural Health Equity Division Office of Research and Economic Development Appointment Type Professional Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date FLSA Exempt Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Salary range of $65,000 to $70,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications. Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

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 overall mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary duties:

  • 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 investigators.
  • Advise and mentor CAIRHE and Montana INBRE investigators on best practices in community-based participatory research and formulation of successful project design.
  • 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 specific projects.
  • 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.
  • Secondary duties:

  • 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 times.

    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.

    Physical Demands

    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 ability required.

    This position has supervisory duties? No

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date 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 been established.

    Special Instructions Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran's status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

    In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

    MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https: // www.

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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