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Title:  Chronic Disease Program Specialist - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  12/06/2022
Req ID:  37541
Department:  Health

Newport, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.93


The Vermont Department of Health has a dynamic opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced public health / community health professional who wants to join a dedicated interdisciplinary team that will make differences in the health of communities in the Northeast Kingdom. We are seeking a well-organized and energetic professional with great communication skills to complete our team of in the Newport District Office. 

We are seeking candidates for our new Chronic Disease Program Specialist focused on Chronic Disease Prevention outcomes. This position works with schools, healthcare partners, community partners, businesses, and other groups to help promote environmental, municipal, worksite, policy, and program interventions that promote physical activity, access to health foods, worksite wellness, school wellness, and other health promotion activities that help prevent chronic diseases.  A key skill set for this position is being able to foster successful and productive relationships with community partners to help implement an array of interventions and programs.

Major responsibilities include:
1. Engage a wide range of partners, stakeholders, in an assessment of the chronic disease prevention needs and gaps of the community.
2. Work collaboratively to develop the capacity of the community to improve physical activity, healthy food access, worksite wellness, and school wellness.
3. Provide leadership to communities in prioritizing and developing interventions aimed at improving chronic disease outcomes.
4. Educate providers and other community members on chronic disease prevention priorities and interventions and support the community in implementing sustainable prevention interventions at multiple levels
5. Evaluate the process, short-term and long-term outcomes of prevention interventions.
6. Establish partnerships with a wide range of community partners and stakeholders

This position also works with a public health team on emergency preparedness.  Duties are performed under supervision of Public Health Nurse Supervisor. 

Who May Apply

This position, Chronic Disease Program Specialist - Limited Service (Job Requisition #37541), 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
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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a standard office setting. Considerable interaction will occur with community groups, medical providers and other state agencies and partners. Stress may be encountered with meeting multiple deadlines and needing to resolve difficult issues and disputes related to overseeing the equitable distribution of state and federal funds. Frequent travel to meetings with state agencies and community partners is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND three (3) years or more of professional experience working in a public health program in areas such as: program planning and implementation; grant and contract management; oversight of data collection; and assessment and implementation of training needs and programs.


Master's degree or higher in health education, public health, public administration or related field AND one (1) year or more of professional experience working in a public health program in areas such as: program planning and implementation; grant and contract management; oversight of data collection; and assessment and implementation of training needs and programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of public health theory and practices, particularly as they relate to community health programs.


Experience working in community health, health promotion, and/or community coalitions.

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.