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Title:  Public Health Specialist: Emergency Preparedness - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  10/20/2021
Req ID:  20960
Department:  Health

Burlington, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $22.86


The role of the Public Health Specialist is to increase local capacity to effectively respond to public health emergency events in Chittenden County. The person selected for this position will work with internal and external groups to create a strong local emergency preparedness and response system for public health. Specific responsibilities include leading local health office staff's ongoing skill development in emergency preparedness/response; working with hospitals to plan exercises and improve systems for emergency response; and supporting the development and sustainability of local volunteer groups.

As part of the Vermont Department of Health, the Burlington District Office is the largest of 12 local health offices in Vermont. Located in downtown Burlington, we strive to offer a supportive, professionally challenging, and healthy workplace to our employees. Current focus of the position is COVID-19 response.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Specialist: Emergency Preparedness - Limited Service (Job Requisition #20960), 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. 
If you would like more information about the duration of this position or other details, please contact heather.danis@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.


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

Planning and administrative work at a professional level for emergency preparedness programs   in the Vermont Department of Health. Class is responsible for the development, administration, coordination, quality control, and evaluation of the assigned focus area. Duties include planning assessment, design and development, coordinating plan activities and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, technical assistance and education, and quality assurance with participant health department staff and inter-agency affiliations. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Public Health Programs Administrator or higher-level administrator.

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 generally performed in a standard office and in field settings. Private means of transportation must be available for required travel. Position may require attendance at meetings outside of normal office hours.  On-call status may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years or more of experience in community-based planning, program administration and evaluation.


Associate degree and five (5) years or more of experience in community-based planning, program administration and evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications

Two (2) or more years’ experience in Public Health emergency preparedness and/or Incident Command Structure (ICS) and/or EMS, fire or police agencies emergency preparedness and /or regional or municipal planning.

•    Group facilitation, training, and communication skills.
•    Project management skills, including attentiveness to detail and task follow-through.
•    Ability to establish and maintain community and stakeholder relationships.
•    Ability to interpret state-level programmatic guidance into local level action that meets the needs of the local health office and community.
•    Ability to implement population level public health interventions in a culturally competent way.
•    Knowledge or ability to learn Incident Command Structure and its application in emergency situations.
•    Skill at working with volunteers.
•    Ability to prioritize projects and meet deadlines.
•    Problem solving through innovative thinking.

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.