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

Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The RIIC seeks a leader who will inspire change and is skilled at building mutually respectful partnerships statewide and nationally, with an appreciation for the strengths of rural communities. Our new Director must model inclusive decision making and be community driven. We need a Director who proactively obtains funding for a sustainable future in line with our strategic priorities. Effective engagement of diverse populations is critical; these include 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 advance the goals of the RIIC
  • 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.

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.

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:

Please apply directly through UM jobs to ensure a complete application is received:

Priority Application Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)