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Title:  Substance Use Prevention Consultant

Application Deadline Date:  12/13/2022
Req ID:  43241
Department:  Health

Springfield, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.93


The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is hiring a Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (PC) for the Springfield District Office in Windsor County. The PC is a critical component of Vermont's state-wide system to prevent substance misuse and substance use disorders. 


In collaboration with Springfield District Office, the PC supports and fosters collaboration among community partners, facilitates strategic planning, and provides education, technical assistance, monitoring and guidance to the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs. 


The PC applies the Strategic Prevention Framework to help communities in program planning and implementation, as well as administering community grants and providing referrals. They collaborate with community coalitions, schools, faith-based organizations, local law enforcement and other community groups. The work requires a high level of autonomy and independence, while maintaining a high level of accountability. Strong verbal and written communication skills are critical. The position also requires strong analytical skills and people skills. 


The PC works as part of a local team that promotes policy, community, and organizational-level strategies to improve health outcomes. They collaborate with 11 other PCs across the state, Division of Substance Use Program staff, VDH staff based in the district offices, and staff across the health department.


Individuals with backgrounds in substance use prevention, strategic planning and/or community organizing encouraged to apply.


The Department of Health supports a hybrid work environment. Upon hire, employees work with their supervisor to create a schedule that aligns with the business needs of the unit. We believe a hybrid work environment promotes autonomy and allows for increased flexibility and greater work/life balance.


The Department of Health's mission is to protect and promote the best health of all Vermonters. Our vision is healthy Vermonters living in healthy communities. Our goals are: 
•    Effective and integrated public health programs.
•    Communities with the capacity to respond to public health needs.
•    Internal systems that provide consistent and responsive support.
•    A competent and valued workforce that is supported in promoting and protecting the public's health.
•    A public health system that is understood and valued by Vermonters.
•    Health equity for all Vermonters.

The Department of Health's culture is one in which our success and our workplace culture are interdependent. Our culture is driven by passion for the mission. We are committed to these values: 
•    Creativity, innovation, and calculated risk-taking. 
•    Open and transparent leadership.
•     Staff expertise, autonomy, and excellence.
•    Professional growth through individual development plans, special projects, and opportunities to stretch.
•    Wellness and work-life balance.

Who May Apply

This position, Substance Use Prevention Consultant (Job Requisition #43241), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact
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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed throughout a defined regional area, focusing on a variety of settings, including schools, families, peers, individuals, and community organizations. Private means of transportation must be available for necessary travel. Attendance at a variety of opinion gathering and project planning meetings is required, involving a variety of interest, advocacy, and service groups, and may involve evening or weekend duties.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in public health, health care, education, or human services related field and one (1) year experience planning and performing community-based prevention or health improvement activities


Bachelor's degree AND three (3) years' experience planning and performing community-based prevention or health improvement activities.


Associate's Degree AND five (5) years' experience planning and performing community-based prevention or health improvement activities.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience planning and implementing community-based substance use prevention activities

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.