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Title:  Rural Broadband Community Organizer & Technical Assistance Specialist

Application Deadline Date:  09/29/2022
Req ID:  40174
Department:  Public Service Department

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $29.79


Lightning-fast broadband service is essential for remote work, telehealth, economic development, energy equity, and the revitalization of rural communities. The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) is recruiting a Rural Broadband Community Organizer & Technical Assistance Specialist. The Specialist will serve as an organizer, advocate, and facilitator of efforts in support of the state's Communications Union Districts to connect all Vermonters to reliable, symmetrical broadband to meet needs now and for the next generation. Communications Union Districts are public organizations governed by volunteers organized around the dual purpose of solving Vermont's connectivity issues and provide public oversight of telecommunications companies operating in the 208 towns currently members of a District.


The Specialist will provide technical assistance and management consulting for Vermont's Communication Union Districts. This will include coordinating training, providing strategic community organizing advice, seeking consensus on policy issues among all Communications Union Districts, pursuing efforts at joint purchase and financing, identifying stakeholders, facilitating meetings, and assisting in the development of grant applications, among other tasks.  The Specialist will also assist with policy development, strategic planning, media outreach, and other tasks as required.


A successful applicant will be a mission driven team player and have experience in grassroots community organizing, rural economic development, and advocacy.


This is a limited service position funded through 6/30/2023 with anticipated continued funding.

Who May Apply

This position, Rural Broadband Community Organizer & Technical Support Specialist (Job Requisition #40174), is open to all State employees and external applicants. This 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 Rob Fish at
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are largely performed in an office setting; however, some field travel may be required for which private means of transportation must be available. Fieldwork may involve exposure to hazardous materials, traffic hazards, and construction sites during all weather conditions; and may involve traversing rough terrain and bodies of water. Some work outside of regular working hours, including attendance at public meetings, may be required. Strong differences of opinion may be encountered on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in community organizing, public administration, community development or related field AND four (4) or more years of experience in project management, community development or organizing, economic development or related field. 


Six (6) or more years of experience in project management, community development or organizing, economic development or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree.

Experience with digital equity, telecommunications, internet service providers, or related community or economic development field.

Professional experience in public administration or community development.

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.

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.  

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier