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Title:  Health Equity & Refugee Health Program Administrator - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  11/24/2019
Req ID:  3161
Department:  Health

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.76

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is currently seeking candidates for a Public Health Program Administrator dedicated to coordination of health equity and refugee health efforts across the Department. This position works with the multiple divisions of this department to ensure that department-wide plans, policies, and procedures effectively address health inequities. The position also works with statewide and federal partners in supporting newly arriving refugees in accessing appropriate health care services. 

Ideal candidates for this position will be able to engage with a range of partners and support significant organizational change with tact and persistence. Ideal candidates will also have strong organizational skills, including grant and project management, facilitation and leading department wide change. Finally, they’ll have a passion for public health, along with a commitment to working with people from various backgrounds and cultures, including individuals with limited English proficiency.

Specific responsibilities of the Program Administrator will include:

•    Coordinating the implementation of the health department plan for integrating health equity approaches in business practices, policy and program development, public health surveillance and data reporting, public communications and community engagement
•    Developing department-wide resources related to improving health equity practices
•    Identifying and organizing opportunities for staff learning and development 
•    Managing the Refugee Health Program to ensure that systems are in place to support newly arriving refugees in accessing health services and developing skills to effectively navigate the US health system.  
•    Managing the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement Refugee Health Promotion grant and any subrecipient grants
•    Developing necessary reports and documents to comply with Federal and State requirements

Ideal candidates will have experience in facilitating meeting and leading large work groups, grant writing and grant management, and project management. The ability to collect and analyze data, asses program performance, identify problems and recommend solutions and potential changes are also important to this role. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with diverse populations. You will work closely with leadership and staff throughout the department. You will be located at our main office in downtown Burlington, VT, right around the corner from Church St. and easily accessible by public transit.

To view the full job specifications for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications page.

Who May Apply

This position, Health Equity & Refugee Health Program Administrator (Job Requisition #3161), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 

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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.

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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting, but require frequent travel to community sites, for which private means of transportation must be available. Public speaking and attendance at public meetings may be required. Some work outside of normal office hours may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or higher in public health, a scientific field, social work or public administration AND two (2) years or more of professional level experience in a community, clinical, academic, state/federal or public health setting.


Bachelor's degree AND four (4) years or more of professional level experience in a community, clinical, academic, state/federal or public health setting.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health, health and racial equity, and community engagement
Knowledge of Federal Refugee Health System
Experience in quantitative data analysis and reporting
Strong written communication skills 

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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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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