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Title:  Senior Benefits Programs Specialist

Application Deadline Date:  10/25/2021
Req ID:  20952
Department:  Children and Families

Newport, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.20

Class Definition

The Senior Benefits Programs Specialist (Senior BPS) is a critical component of the organizational structure that supports the delivery of excellent customer service and provides valuable guidance, support, and training to a team of Benefits Programs Specialists. This position is the first line responder and the primary subject matter expert of all aspects of the programs administered by the Economic Services Division. It is the Senior BPS' responsibility to ensure that their team has the knowledge and tools needed to effectively perform their jobs. Support is accomplished through a variety of coaching and training methods on topics such as customer service skills, eligibility determination, policy, business processes, and system utilization. Work is performed under the supervision of an Economic Services Supervisor.

Who May Apply

This position, Senior Benefits Programs Specialist (Job Requisition #20952), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Laurine.Pion@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.


Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a standard office setting during standard State office times. Some travel may be necessary, for which private transportation must be available when a State Fleet vehicle is unavailable. Stressful interactions with upset or emotional customers, over the phone and in person, will occur. Staff workload may be heavy at varying times. Occasionally, work outside of typical business hours may be expected.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or higher AND one (1) year or more experience as a Benefits Programs Specialist, VHC Support Services Specialist, or Benefits Program Mentor.

Associate degree or higher AND two (2) years or more of experience as a Benefits Programs Specialist, VHC Support Services Specialist, or Benefits Program Mentor.


High School diploma or equivalent AND four (4) years or more of experience in direct client services requiring interpretation and application of rules and guidelines in fields such as human services, education, or employment programs. Three (3) of the four (4) years must be as a Benefits Programs Specialist, VHC Support Services Specialist, or Benefits Program Mentor.

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.

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