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Title:  Public Health Specialist: Emergency Preparedness

Application Deadline Date:  11/01/2021
Req ID:  19519
Department:  Health

Rutland, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $22.86


The role of the Public Health Specialist-Emergency Preparedness is to promote and sustain health by increasing local capacity to effectively respond to emergency events. The person selected for this position will serve as the liaison between the department and community partners to bolster preparedness and coordinate response efforts. The selected candidate will be a lead in coordinating the Rutland District office COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing efforts. Additional responsibilities include developing staff's skills in emergency preparedness/response through training; supporting the development and sustainability of local Medical Reserve Corps volunteer groups, and working with community coalitions and hospitals to plan exercises and improve systems for emergency response. The schedule for this full-time position may involve evening and weekend work as needed for emergency response efforts. 

We are a dynamic, cohesive, motivated, and hardworking office that is community-minded and customer-focused. We believe all Vermonters should have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy and live in healthy communities. We strive to offer a supportive, professionally challenging, and healthy workplace through worksite wellness activities, professional development opportunities, and tuition reimbursement.  We are looking for someone who is detail-oriented and confident in their skills to plan and lead events. We also seek a good listener, effective communicator, systems thinker, and someone with a proven record in providing equitable, linguistically, and culturally appropriate services. 

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Specialist: Emergency Preparedness (Job Requisition #19519), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact renee.bousquet@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 generally performed in a standard office and in field settings. Private means of transportation must be available for required travel. Position may require attendance at meetings outside of normal office hours.  On-call status may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years or more of experience in community-based planning, program administration and evaluation.


Associate degree and five (5) years or more of experience in community-based planning, program administration and evaluation.

Preferred Qualifications

Two (2) or more years’ experience in Public Health emergency preparedness and/or Incident Command Structure (ICS) and/or EMS, fire or police agencies emergency preparedness and /or regional or municipal planning.

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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