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Title:  Child Development Division Policy Director

Application Deadline Date:  05/09/2021
Req ID:  14701
Department:  Children and Families

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $36.36


The Child Development Division (CDD) is looking for a skilled professional to lead the Division in strategic planning, integrated policy development, accountability, continuous quality improvement, and effective internal and external communication across all units, programs, processes and services of the Division. This position is responsible for developing and coordinating integrated polices, regulations and operating procedures across the Division's programs and services, coordinates and collaborates in key partnerships with other state departments and agencies including the Vermont Department of Health, the Agency of Education, and the Department of Mental Health. Develops and leads communication and public relation strategies and activities designed to enhance public understanding of child development programs and services. Responsibility for preparing or reviewing written and oral reports and assessing actual or potential impact of Division services, policies and procedures and recommends changes or improvements when needed. Leadership and management experience preferred.

Who May Apply

This position, Child Development Division Policy Director (Job Requisition #14701), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Sheila.Duranleau@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.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in in a standard office setting in central office with some travel to community locations for which private means of transportation must be available. Attendance at a variety of divisional, department, agency and multi-group meetings and conferences, including legislative hearings can be anticipated. Some may involve taking a leadership or chairperson role. Night and evening meetings may be anticipated involving individuals from several disciplines and advocacy groups. Duties include representing the department at public meetings and legislative hearings. Short turnaround for critical reports and responses and the need for sensitive communication under challenging or difficult situations maybe required. Some evening or weekend work may be required. Employee and client situations with significant stress and emotional overtones are predictable.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in child development or in the broad field of human services, public policy or public administration AND three (3) years of relevant experience in a supervisory, consultative, public policy, or administrative role above the professional worker level of child development, human services or government organization.


Bachelor's degree in child development or in the broad field of human services, public policy or public administration AND six (6) years of relevant experience at a professional level including at least two (2) years in a supervisory, consultative, public policy, or administrative role above the professional worker level of child development, human services or government organization.


Note: Child Development Services are defined as a continuum of services focused on fostering optimal child development and well-being including (but not limited to): primary prevention and parenting support services; licensed or registered community based child care, early education, and after school services; and early intervention and treatment for children with challenging circumstances or special needs.

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.

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