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Title:  Executive Director - Cannabis Control Board

Application Deadline Date:  05/11/2021
Req ID:  15050
Department:  Cannabis Control Board

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Please see below


The State of Vermont is seeking an Executive Director, for appointment by the State Cannabis Control Board (“Board”). The Board is newly created to equitably and effectively implement and administer the laws and rules regulating adult-use cannabis in Vermont to ensure the safety of all Vermonters and the health of our youth. The Board is responsible for establishing, administering, and regulating a cannabis regulatory system for commercial cannabis cultivators, wholesalers, product manufacturers, retailers, and testing laboratories (together, “cannabis establishments”), as set forth in Act 164 of 2020 (the “Act”). The Board shall also take over responsibility for the regulation of medical cannabis dispensaries and the administration of the Medical Cannabis Registry, currently administered by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. 
Specifically, such responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Rulemaking in accordance with the Act.
  • Administration of a program for regulating licensed cannabis establishments.
  • Administration of the Medical Cannabis Registry.
  • Administration of a program for licensed medical cannabis dispensaries.
  • Working across state government and with the Legislature to ensure public health and public safety.
  • Submission of an annual budget to the Governor.

Who May Apply

This position, Executive Director - Cannabis Control Board (Job Requisition # 15050), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact james.pepper@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.
Interested applicants shall disclose in their application:

  1. Any position as an officer of, director of, organizer of, employee of, consultant to, or attorney for any person subject to regulation by the Board.
  2. Whether the applicant, individually or as a fiduciary, or the applicant’s spouse, parent, or child wherever residing or any other member of the Board member’s family residing in their household has an economic interest in a matter which may come before the Board or has any more than a de minimus interest that could be substantially affected by a proceeding before the Board.

Please submit a cover letter with your application stating your qualifications for this position.

Job Description

The Executive Director will be appointed by the Board. The Executive Director shall be a full-time, exempt State of Vermont employee.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervising and administering the operation and implementation of chapters 31, 35, and 37 of title 7 and the rules adopted by the Board as directed by the Board.
  • Assist the Board in its duties and administering the licensing requirements. 
  • Act as Secretary to the Board, but as a nonvoting member of the Board.
  • Recruit and hire staff required to carry out the functions of the Board.
  • Prepare an annual budget for submission to the Board.

Working with the Board, the Executive Director will have a broad range of responsibilities in connection with Board’s start-up, operations and rulemaking, including, among other things, addressing resource needs for the first two years of operation, establishing licensing and other fee schedules and consulting with Commissioners and Secretaries across the Executive Branch on health and safety, environmental and land use issues, energy standards, advertising, employment programs, training and economic opportunities and promoting equity in the new industry.
The Executive Director will make certain reports to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding the work of the Board.  


This is an exempt, full-time, position

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates for the position of Executive Director shall be an attorney with experience in legislative or regulatory matters. Candidates shall have excellent communications and writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference shall be given to candidates who:

  • Have demonstrated lived or professional experience understanding issues of race, power, privilege and bias and the impact of these issues on systems and policy development.
  • Have demonstrated experience in justice reform. 
  • Have demonstrated experience advising governmental or business entities in the areas of agriculture, banking and finance or business development.
  • Have demonstrated experience with a regulatory body or have overseen Executive Branch rulemaking pursuant to the Vermont Administrative Procedures Act. 
  • Have demonstrated experience with mediation or conflict resolution.
  • Have excellent written and communication ability to respond in a professional, substantive and timely manner to requests from media outlets.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, and ability to promote transparency and comply with public records and open meeting laws. 
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for and commitment to the work that will be required, particularly during the first year in this position, to support the Board and respond in good faith to the time constraints established in the Act. 
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to represent the Board in Legislative committee testimony.

Special Requirements

The Executive Director shall be required to submit an Ethics Questionnaire to the Governor’s Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs in accordance with Executive Order No. 19-17.
The Executive Director shall be prohibited from soliciting, engaging in negotiations for, or otherwise discussing future employment or a future business relationship of any kind with any person subject to supervision or regulation by the Board.  Further, the Executive Director shall be prohibited from appearing before the Board or any other State agency on behalf of a person subject to supervision or regulation by the Board for a period of one year following their last day as Executive Director.

Relocation Assistance

Reimbursement for relocation expenses may be available to a successful candidate who must relocate from outside of the state of Vermont.  To learn more about Vermont, candidates are encouraged to explore thinkvermont.com and the Stay to Stay program at vermontvacation.com/staytostay

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.

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