Information Specialist (Rural Health Information Hub) Job ID 4329

Grand Forks, North Dakota
May 31, 2018
Jun 14, 2018
Employment Status
Full Time

The Center for Rural Health connects resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural communities. For 37 years, we have worked with the public and private sectors expanding a circle of partners to develop creative solutions to critical health issues. The Center is located at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, as we create solutions to complex challenges. The Center for Rural Health works with communities, healthcare organizations, healthcare providers, policy-makers, researchers, tribal nations, and rural health stakeholders.

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This position is supported by the Rural Health Information Hub, a federally-funded national information center focusing on rural health issues. This position will be responsible for collecting and creating content related to rural health issues for the RHIhub website, The Information Specialist will search out, identify, and synthesize information related to rural health; create rural health-related topic guides and other web-based products; ensure the accuracy and currency of information found on the RHIhub website; retrieve and disseminate information for users; assist users in retrieving information and navigating the complex web of federal agencies and other relevant organizations; and publicize the activities of the grant program. This position is grant-funded.

Tasks involved in fulfilling the above duties/responsibilities (include description for physical and mental/cognitive demands)

 Develop knowledge base and keep current on the latest developments in rural health issues and policy.

 Produce web-based updates, documents, and tools that highlight and synthesize issues and developments for RHIhub users in an un-biased manner.

 Work with editor and editorial group in the creation and maintenance of topic and state guides.

 Determine information needs of users and analyze content needs for assigned topics.

 Identify and work with content experts from various organizations to identify and develop priority content.

 Apply creativity and logic to create solutions, locate specific information, and research issues.

 Identify key resources and concepts related to assigned topics.  Synthesize information and write original content for each topic guide’s introduction and frequently asked questions.

 Format content for the web using basic HTML. 

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor's degree.  Major field of study or degree emphasis in public administration, health policy, business, public policy, public health, communications, journalism, library and information science or degree related to information dissemination, rural health, population health, or health policy.  Will consider other applicable degrees not listed. Requires 3 years of similar experience (for Bachelor's degree applicants only), may be a combination of volunteer or paid.  Work experience requirement will be waived if applicant has Master's degree.

 Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of similar work experience may be a combination of volunteer or paid.

 Experience or training with doing advanced web-based searches.

 Experience with synthesizing complicated information from multiple sources into cohesive and plain language.

 Hands-on experience working with Microsoft Office Suite, in particular Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

 Experience writing web-based or professional documents. Can be related to academic coursework.

 Experience presenting to groups.

 Criminal history records check.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (work experience requirement waived). Will consider recent or December 2016 Master's level graduates.
  • Experience or training related to organizing information, and utilizing a website to disseminate information.
  • Experience providing customer service.
  • Experience or training in using HTML.
  • Experience with using a web-based interface for entering information into a database.

 All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and AAO for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.
To be considered for this position, all applications must be fully submitted by 5PM on the closing date.
 UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.