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Title:  Psychiatric Social Worker I

Application Deadline Date:  05/11/2021
Req ID:  13997
Department:  Mental Health

Berlin, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.67


The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH) is seeking a Psychiatric Social Worker for a collaborative position within their facility. This position is responsible for professional level social work as part of a clinical treatment team, both in treatment and after release. This position requires consultation and coordination with community mental health agencies and other supports to provide optimal care for individuals who are treated within the facility. The Psychiatric Social Worker may testify in court hearings concerning patients and may participate in status conferences with the VPCH Legal Department. 


In addition to offering rewarding work that makes a difference in the community, VPCH also offers excellent opportunities for professional development, and a competitive benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement and a defined pension plan. We are also a qualified employer for the Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program!

Who May Apply

This position, Psychiatric Social Worker I (Job Requisition #13997), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Emily.Hawes@vermont.gov.

Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


Candidates, including current State employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, or persons exercising re-employment rights, must pass a fingerprint supported background investigation applicable to the position.  Additionally, 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. Hiring managers will notify applicants who are in the final stage of the interview process of the finger-printing and background check requirement, to which an applicant must agree to be deemed eligible for this position. Applicants will have the right to withdraw their applications before finger-printing and/or a background investigation is conducted.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed largely in an institutional setting although trips to meet with community providers and to visit patient living situations will occur.
A valid driver's license is required for necessary travel. Although duties are normally performed during a regular weekday, daytime shift, specific case needs may require availability at other times.

One-to-one interaction with acutely ill and/or behaviorally dysregulated clients is involved, creating a potential risk of physical injury for the Social Worker.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited program AND EITHER one (1) year or more of professional social work experience with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness OR a one-year field placement in a mental health clinic or psychiatric hospital.

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
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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