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Title:  Chronic Disease Program Specialist

Application Deadline Date:  12/14/2021
Req ID:  22742
Department:  Health

Bennington, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.20


The Chronic Disease Program Specialist supports various health department efforts to improve health equity and health outcomes in Bennington County. The focus of this this position will be on systems-level work and engagement with multiple sectors and community partners to improve the health of populations experiencing the greatest disparities: BIPOC, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, populations with low socioeconomic status and rural communities. Priority areas of work include improving chronic disease health outcomes related to oral health, tobacco prevention and cessation and improving access to preventative care. Ideal candidates should have an understanding of the root causes of health inequities and familiarity with initiating and maintaining deliberate collaboration across sectors, especially with non-traditional partners.     

•    Identify, plan, implement and evaluate systemic and policy solutions to improve oral health outcomes for children and adults. Spearhead the integration of oral health into prenatal care, pediatric care and primary care for adults and guide systems change towards medical management for dental care at the local level. 
•    Identify, plan, implement and evaluate systemic and policy solutions to decrease tobacco use in Bennington County
•    Identify, plan, implement and evaluate systemic and policy solutions to improve access to preventative health services and reduce barriers to care
•    Provide technical support for the integration of health equity and access to care strategies within municipal and organizational planning
•    Will participate in and support community-based coalitions that examine health data, set goals, and develop plans to improve health outcomes. Enlist civic and municipal leaders as well as leaders at the grassroots level to help advance local community policy and program agendas
•    Priority-setting and decision-making informed by community input ("Nothing about us without us") and local data tools including Community Health Needs Assessment, YBRS and Department of Health data. 

While in our COVID-19 response, this position will support our COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinics in a non-clinical capacity. During COVID-19 response, work outside of regular hours is expected. 

The Bennington District Office is a dynamic, cohesive, motivated team that is community-minded and customer-focused.  We are committed to building a diverse workforce to serve our population, and we believe all Vermonters should have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.
Bennington is a small town nestled in Vermont's Green Mountains. The region has ample outdoor recreation opportunities (Official Appalachian Trail community, Mount Snow, Stratton Mountain), a vibrant arts scene (Mass MoCA, Bennington Arts Exchange), and an eclectic music and theater scene (Old Castle Theater, Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival, Solid Sound Festival). Bennington, VT is conveniently located within a 3 1/2 hour drive to metro areas including Boston, New York City and Montreal.

Who May Apply

This position, Chronic Disease Program Specialist (Job Requisition #22742), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact megan.herrington@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Class Definition

Conducts planning, administration and coordination of chronic disease prevention and health promotion work at a professional level for the Department of Health, Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The goal is the reduction of the burden of chronic disease in Vermont, from a public health perspective. Duties include: coordination among chronic disease and health promotion programs; contract and grant development, monitoring and administration; integration among chronic disease efforts within the Division. Work is performed under the direction of a public health program administrator or program chief. Program areas could include tobacco prevention and cessation; obesity prevention, and related chronic diseases.

All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a standard office setting. Considerable interaction will occur with community groups, medical providers and other state agencies and partners. Stress may be encountered with meeting multiple deadlines and needing to resolve difficult issues and disputes related to overseeing the equitable distribution of state and federal funds. Frequent travel to meetings with state agencies and community partners is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND three (3) years or more of professional experience working in a public health program in areas such as: program planning and implementation; grant and contract management; oversight of data collection; and assessment and implementation of training needs and programs.


Master's degree or higher in health education, public health, public administration or related field AND one (1) year or more of professional experience working in a public health program in areas such as: program planning and implementation; grant and contract management; oversight of data collection; and assessment and implementation of training needs and programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of public health theory and practices, particularly as they relate to community health programs.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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