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Rural Peer Assistance Network Program Director; Communications & Events Coordinator


RPAN Program Director

Purpose of Position

The Program Director of the Rural Peer Assistance Network (RPAN) will lead RPAN and ensure that it is an effective program in helping farmers, ranchers and rural residents:

  • Identify and recognize the signs and impacts of stress including substance use.
  • Learn techniques to manage stress and suicide intervention.
  • Become a Peer Listener in their communities and connect their neighbors to available resources.

In addition, the Program Director will offer a support network for Peer Listeners and manage this collaborative program of agencies, organizations and providers across Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the RPAN Team

  • Engage additional workshop instructors
  • Interface with a third-party evaluator
  • Maintain necessary documents and assist in the preparation of grant reports
  • Work with RMFU staff for the integration of RPAN programming

Finalize the RPAN Curriculum

  • Develop virtual training modules
  • Collect and document evidence-based research and best practices
  • Assist with web-based resource development and other social media outreach

Launch RPAN Programming

  • Deliver workshops and trainings
  • Manage the Peer Listener support system

Coordinate with Partner Organizations, Agencies and Providers within RPAN

  • Hold and facilitate regular meetings to sustain a broad-based network
  • Assist in the pursuit of additional opportunities for RPAN programming
  • Promote our efforts and the impact we are creating

Supervisory Duties

Manage the RPAN team including workshop instructors, evaluators and other technical support positions.


  • Have an understanding and appreciation for rural farm/ranch operations and other agriculture enterprises.
  • Experience in mental health training and/or education. A Bachelor’s Degree in education, agriculture, psychology or related field is preferred but not essential.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and independent worker.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and creatively with diverse people and groups.
  • Proven record of project management and completion.
  • Web, media and social media experience is important.

Working environment

  • Position requires some travel. Employee must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel by car and commercial airline as may be needed.
  • This is a full-time, salary exempt position and may require evening and weekend hours. Three-quarter time could be considered.
  • This is currently a grant funded position.
  • Pay range for this position is $50,000 to $70,000 per year based on experience.

Reports To: RMFU Director of External Affairs

Application Deadline



Rural Peer Assistance Network Social Media, Communications & Events Coordinator  

We Are:  The Rural Peer Assistance Network’s mission is to uplift the lives of rural farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families through stress management, suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention, wiping out stigma, shame and resistance.

RPAN is a newly created program with two parts—workshops for farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families on stress management, suicide prevention and substance abuse prevention and a Peer Network of respected local leaders who can provide support and connect people to resources.

You Are:  A talented Social Media, Communications & Events Coordinator. You are creative, entrepreneurial, a connector of people and conversations, committed to making a difference. You are willing to get in on the ground floor of a new organization and be the driving force behind developing a strong online presence to help save lives and improve the quality of life for farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families. You have empathy and compassion for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers and you understand the stressors they face today. You have a love for the written word and the power a well-phrased communications can wield. You get along well with others and are able to provide feedback in a way that others can hear. You’re a team player who’s willing to roll up your sleeves and jump in and help out with a positive attitude.

Your Mission If You’re Willing to Accept It:

  • Create engaging text, image & video content for social media accounts/website.
  • Design posts to sustain readers’ curiosity and create buzz around new stress management tips, techniques and resources along with suicide prevention and substance abuse education, coping strategies and stress relief.
  • Manage social media accounts including developing RPAN’s social media calendar, considering web traffic and user engagement metrics.
  • Identify new ways to engage farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families and drive them to the RPAN web site.
  • Respond to audience questions and report on online reviews and feedback.
  • Manage Google Analytics and report on social media metrics, web traffic and SEO monthly.
  • Stay up to date on current trends on all social platforms.
  • Train co-workers to use social media in a cohesive and beneficial way.
  • Help organize RPAN team training sessions and Peer Summits, and work with RPAN trainers to schedule locations for Running on All Cylinders workshops including invitations and logistical emails, meeting space reservation/facility coordination, as needed, and post-session follow-up.

Your Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of social media platforms and best practices.
  • Expertise developing content (text, image and video) for multiple social media platforms and websites.
  • Experience implementing online strategies for increasing followers and increasing web traffic.
  • Expertise managing engagement metrics (Average Engagement Rate, Visitor Frequency Rate, Audience Growth Rate, etc.).
  • In-depth knowledge of SEO, keyword research and Google Analytics.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Multitasking, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with diverse constituencies, including Rural Peer Assistance Network director and associate director along with Rocky Mountain Farmers Union staff at all levels and directly with farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers and their families.
  • Capable of working independently, as well as collaboratively. 
  • Agricultural family background or experience living or working in a rural, agricultural community would be beneficial.

Working Environment:

  • This is a grant-funded, hourly position for 28 hours per week.
  • The pay rate for this position is $20 to $25 per hour based on experience.
  • Benefits are not offered with this position.
  • The term of this position is September 20, 2021 or until filled through March 31, 2023.
  • This position reports to the Rural Peer Assistance Network Program Director.
  • This position is remote and may also work on-site at Rocky Mountain Farmers Union headquartersin Denver CO.
  • Position requires some travel within Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. You must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel by car and/or commercial airline.

Application Deadline: This position is open until filled. Please send your resume and cover letter to Dan Waldvogle at daniel.waldvogle@rmfu.org