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Title:  Commissioner - Vermont Department of Liquor & Lottery

Application Deadline Date:  Do Not Apply Online - see instructions below
Req ID:  12824
Department:  Liquor & Lottery

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Based on Experience

How to Apply

Do not apply online. E-mail cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references to Cheryl Mowel at Cheryl.Mowel@vermont.gov by April 23, 2021.


If you would like more information about this position, please contact Gary Kessler at Gary.Kessler@vermont.gov or (802) 249-9468.


The Vermont Department of Liquor & Lottery (DLL) is seeking a dynamic leader to manage its business and to lead its team of liquor and lottery professionals. The Commissioner reports directly to the Governor and a Board of five individuals who are appointed to serve by the Governor. The Commissioner is responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws, rules and regulations related to the manufacture, sale and consumption of beverage alcohol and the production and sale of lottery products. The preferred candidate will have a demonstrated record of collaborative and inclusive leadership, experience in operational planning and execution and will have practical experience in marketing, budgeting, public relations, compliance management and community relations. The Commissioner will coordinate the efforts of a diverse support and oversight team comprised of staff, vendors, manufacturers, retailers, associations, and government agencies.


The DLL is a professional business entity which is part of Vermont state government. The DLL serves the public by:

  • providing access to beverage alcohol products through controlled distribution, enforcement, and education. We seek to achieve these goals by providing excellent customer service and operating an efficient distribution and retail system.
  • providing fun and entertaining lottery offerings to the public with proceeds supporting education in Vermont.

The Commissioner is the top executive officer who works to oversee the Division of Liquor Control and the Division of Lottery. This includes vendor relations, product listings and distribution, licensing, sales and marketing, management and administrative staff. The Commissioner will work closely with the Deputy Commissioners as well as the Management Team in each Division to ensure all governmental and business responsibilities of the Department are met and coordinated.


It is essential that the Commissioner can make sound decisions, be accountable for them and be a person of good moral character free of any real or apparent conflict of interest. Excellent communication skills are required to communicate effectively and respectfully with a wide range of audiences. Seasoned judgment in decision making is necessary since the work is performed with minimal guidance and within broad guidelines. The Commissioner is expected to apply creative and critical thinking skills; be a problem solver with the ability to identify and resolve tactical and strategic issues before they become problematic, resolve operational issues, elevate matters as necessary, recommend solutions and effectively implement changes and management directives.
The position requires considerable skill in developing approaches to issues that have significant economic impacts on the state and taxpayers, program planning and implementation, negotiation, facilitation and mediation, leadership coaching, project management, resource planning, organizational design, staffing and resource allocation, program administration and budgeting. It is essential that the Commissioner be capable of working effectively under pressure.  
The work requires knowledge of DLL policies, rules and applicable statutes. Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices, Vermont personnel policies, procedures and precedents and general employment and business law are necessary.


Commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements

The desired level of education and job-related work experience preferred is a Bachelor’s degree in one or more of the following areas: public administration, business administration, accounting, economics, or related field AND ten (10) years or more of job-related work experience, which would include five (5) years or more of senior-level management experience.


Other combinations of education and experience may be evaluated on an individual basis.  

Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier