Director, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Posted: Monday, May 1, 2023

The University of Montana invites applications for a Director to lead the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities (RIIC). The Director oversees a dynamic and dedicated center that promotes equal opportunity for people with disabilities through education, research, and direct service. The Director reports to the Vice President for Research at the University of Montana and currently oversees a $6.9 million budget, 48 active projects and programs, and nearly 60 staff. The Director provides direct supervision to a team of principal investigators and the RIIC business office (approximately 15 people) and is responsible for general oversight of the entire organization.

The RIIC is seeking a leader who is ready to inspire change. We are looking for someone skilled at building mutually respectful partnerships statewide and nationally, with an appreciation for the strengths of rural communities. Our new Director needs to model inclusive decision making and be community driven. We would like someone ready to proactively obtain funding for a sustainable future in line with our strategic priorities. It is important our new Director can engage effectively with diverse populations: policy makers, university administration, those with lived experience, and current and future stakeholders.

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide visionary leadership that inspires change and advances strategic priorities, cross-disability solidarity, organizational sustainability, and access and inclusion for all.
  • Serve as Principal Investigator of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) Core Grant and implement the five-year plan in collaboration with the Consumer Advisory Council.
  • Identify, implement, and evaluate necessary structural changes to policies, practices, and procedures in collaboration with RIIC staff to promote a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.
  • Contribute to, facilitate, and advance a diverse body of research, scholarship, and knowledge translation activities that advances the goals of the RIIC, the Rehabilitation Act, and Administration for Community Living.
  • Lead and support the RIIC in making academic and direct service contributions to disability issues across the lifespan.
  • Participate in strategic college, university, state, and federal policy activities, considering how changing political landscapes may impact disability inclusion.
  • Actively engage individuals who are impacted by disabilities in decision-making at all levels and ensure their recommendations and perspectives are reflected in the RIIC’s work.
  • Serve as liaison and engage effectively with relevant local, state, and national partners including DD Act state partners, federal and state policy makers and agencies, individuals with disabilities and their families, university administration and faculty across disciplines.
  • Explore and develop creative, innovative and diverse funding models, including securing federal and non-federal grants, contracts, and fee-for-service revenue.
  • Provide strategic development, management, and oversight to new and existing projects, identifying and addressing gaps in service, research, and training related to people with disabilities.

Job Details

  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program
  • Salary for this position is $145,000-$165,000 per year commensurate with qualifications
  • In-person only and will require residency in/near Missoula

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below. Please apply directly through UM jobs to ensure a complete application is received.

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
  4. Leadership Statement - Please provide a 1-page statement describing your leadership philosophy and how you put that philosophy into practice
  5. DEI statement – Please provide a 1-page statement describing how your professional activities, services, and/or lived experience has advanced DEI efforts. Please describe how you will advance DEI efforts at the RIIC including, but not limited to, disability

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.