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Title:  Deputy Chief Medical Examiner

Application Deadline Date:  02/21/2022
Req ID:  21281
Department:  Health

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $91.78-$112.70


The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is seeking a forensic pathologist to serve as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in our facility in Burlington Vermont.


Base Salary Range:  $190,907 – 234,412. Additional Compensation for time on call and weekend time performing examinations. 


Vermont, nicknamed the Green Mountain State, is best known for dairy (everything is better with cheddar!), apples, and maple products. A small and beautiful, largely rural state (population 626,630), we have an abundance of opportunities for you to get out and enjoy mountains, lakes, woods, and fields.  If you are interested in hiking, skiing, snowboarding, boating, biking, running, or any other outdoor activities, you could not find a better place to live and work. We are also the healthiest state (2020 America’s Health Rankings), with a robust public health system that’s leading the nation with our high COVID vaccination rate and low COVID case rate.  As the state’s largest city, Burlington (population 42,545) has a wide range of activities to enjoy year-round, including theatre, arts, restaurants, and micro-breweries.  Burlington is also home to 5 different colleges and universities and the state’s largest medical center, which contribute to rich social and cultural offerings. 


About the Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: 
The mission of the office is to ensure superior death investigations in a system that will operate efficiently and serve the needs of the citizens of Vermont with compassion and sensitivity. State law 18 VSA 5205 requires the OCME, in conjunction with law enforcement, to carry out investigation of deaths that arise from non-natural, violent, suspicious, or unexplained causes, threats/potential threats to the public health and certain "Wards of the state", such as prisoners and patients in mental institutions.  In addition, the OCME assists with public heath surveillance by reviewing all Vermont death certificates (approximately 6,100 deaths) through the electronic death registry system.  


The OCME is a statewide death investigation system, administratively under the Vermont Department of Health and physically located in Burlington, within the University of Vermont Medical Center. The OCME has been accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners since 2004.  Fully staffed, the system is comprised of three forensic pathologists, 30-40 Assistant Medical Examiners (non-physician, medicolegal death investigators all certified by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators), an AME Coordinator (ABMDI Fellow), 2 full-time Autopsy Technicians and additional per diem technicians, 2 administrative staff, and a liaison of the Vermont State Police.  Annually, the OCME investigates approximately 30% of Vermont deaths and performs approximately 650 examinations (autopsy and external).  Our physical proximity with Vermont’s major tertiary care center and only medical school provides the benefits of the highest quality radiology (including postmortem radiographs and CT scans) and pathology laboratory services (including histology, microbiology, chemistry), ready access to our surgical pathology colleagues for consultation, and routine interaction with the hospital autopsy service.  Toxicology services are contracted with a commercial vendor.  Neuropathology consultation is available in-house and consultants in cardiovascular pathology, pediatric pathology, odontology, anthropology, and genetic counseling are available.   

Who May Apply

This position, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner (Job Requisition #21281), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact sarah.gregorek@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.

Examples of Work

Deputy Chief Medical Examiner duties include oversight of medicolegal death investigations (including being on-call to investigators for interpretation of evidence and decision making), attendance at scenes of investigation when necessary, performance of medicolegal autopsies and review of ancillary tests (including completion of reports and records), forensic pathology consultative services, expert witness testimony in civil and criminal matters, responding to inquiries from next of kin, and teaching undergraduate and medical students, pathology residents, law enforcement, and Assistant Medical Examiners.  The Deputy will also assist the Chief with administration of the office and medicolegal death investigator system (oversight of personnel, policy and procedure development, interactions with stakeholders) and may serve as Chief during the absence of the Chief Medical Examiner.  


Workload:  Successful applicant will join two (2) other pathologists to share responsibility for casework, to include weekday and weekend performance of examinations (average 3 per day) and after-hours call to support Assistant Medical Examiners during death investigations. When fully staffed, caseload is well within National Association of Medical Examiner accreditation limits.

Environmental Factors

Work requires physical ability to perform autopsies. Some travel may be required. Position includes an appointment to the University of Vermont College of Medicine faculty.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy with board certification or eligibility for board certification in forensic pathology.

Experience: None required.

Note: Eligibility for, or possession of a license to practice medicine or osteopathy in Vermont is a requirement of this class.

Preferred Qualifications

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques, and current developments of forensic pathology. 
Ability to perform autopsies. 
Ability to prepare testimony and act as an expert witness in court. 
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. 
Ability to prepare and present clear and concise reports. 
Ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships. 

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.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Burlington Vermont