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Title:  Social Services Chief

Application Deadline Date:  03/02/2021
Req ID:  12261
Department:  Mental Health

Berlin, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $28.28


The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH) is seeking a psychiatric social worker for the position of Social Services Chief, an integral leadership position on our multidisciplinary clinical team. This individual is responsible for administration, planning, coordination and evaluation in directing the professional Social Work Department of this state-run psychiatric hospital. The role includes setting departmental goals and objectives and maintaining professional standards, and requires understanding of therapeutic engagement with individuals and families, as well as consultation and coordination with community mental health agencies and other supports to provide optimal care for individuals on our inpatient unit and continuity of care in returning to the community. This individual may testify in court hearings concerning patients and may participate in status conferences with the VPCH Legal Department. This is a great opportunity for an experienced candidate with a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) and at least one year of professional supervisory experience. Licensure or license eligibility (LICSW) within six months is required. Duties are performed under the general direction of the Hospital Chief Executive Officer and involve a high level of interaction with treatment team leaders. 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.

Who May Apply

This position, Social Services Chief (Job Requisition #12261), 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 in an office setting within hospital grounds. Significant time is spent in group staff sessions and in consultation with other mental health professionals. Regular direct interaction with patients occurs. Some travel may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in social work AND three (3) years in social services at a professional level, INCLUDING at least two (2) in a mental health setting, AND one (1) year of supervisory, administrative, or program planning responsibilities.


Currently licensed or licensed eligible within six months as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of Vermont.

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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