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Title:  Public Health Laboratory Director

Application Deadline Date:  12/15/2020
Req ID:  10011
Department:  Health

Colchester, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Commensurate with experience.

The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory (VDHL) performs testing to monitor Vermont's population and environment for threats to public health in a state of the art facility. Our mission is to be the most innovative, quality-focused, customer-oriented Public Health Laboratory in the United States. When there is a threat, such as a novel strain of disease, a natural disaster, a chemical spill or a foodborne outbreak, the laboratory is prepared to respond.


The Vermont Department of Public Health is currently recruiting for a full-time Public Health Laboratory Director who plans, organizes and directs the Vermont Public Health laboratory, a high complexity and biosafety level three (BSL-3) laboratory that is accredited by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CLIA) and the Food and Drug Administration (ISO), among others. This position involves high-level scientific program planning and development; preparing, justifying and managing program budgets; and effective use of financial, technological and human resources. Work includes providing laboratory support to clinical and environmental health programs and projects; implementing policies and procedures to comply with federal and state laws and regulations; and clinical and technical consultations in the interpretation of laboratory results and disease diagnosis. This position oversees a large technical staff of approximately 40 people and must be available to serve in the event of a public health threat or disruption in laboratory operations. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership and management experience in a public health laboratory.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Laboratory Director (Job Requisition #10011), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Helen.Reid@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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily in standard office and laboratory settings. Some travel to other laboratories and to the facilities of laboratory service users may be required, for which private means of transportation must be available. Some work outside of normal office hours may be required. Contentious negotiations on the scope and level of laboratory services may be encountered. Infrequent exposure to hazardous materials, infectious agents, and chemical toxins may occur.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science 

Special Requirements

The incumbent would be required to obtain a Lab Director certification from a CLIA-approved board within 12 months of hire.

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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