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Title:  Deputy Commissioner

Application Deadline Date:  Open until filled
Req ID:  3214
Department:  Children and Families

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $

The Vermont Department for Children and Families seeks a Deputy Commissioner for its Child Development Division. The Division provides children's integrated services, child care licensing, child care financial assistance and Head Start collaboration throughout the state. With the Child Development Leadership Team, the Deputy Commissioner provides overall leadership for and management for the division and ensures that the division:
• provides high quality services in compliance with federal and state requirements;
• manages budget, revenue, and contracts, as a good steward of taxpayer dollars;
• maintains a contracted system of care that is strong and achieving good outcomes;
• supports ongoing workforce development, including safety and resilience, through excellent training, supervision and peer support;
• has up-to-date policy and practice guidance to guide the delivery of services;
• has excellent collaborative relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders, including legislators.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned professional, preferably in the public human services arena, with demonstrated leadership and management skills.  Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must, as well as, the ability to inspire and support staff statewide to do their best work.


Who May Apply

This position, Deputy Commissioner (Job Requisition #3214), is open to all State employees and external applicants.


If you would like more information about this position, please contact Doreen Marquis at


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) right

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting but some travel may be anticipated for which private means of transportation must be available. Some work outside of regular business hours may be required. Contact with people with strong opinions will be encountered for which tact and diplomacy will be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in social work or in the broad field of human services, or in public administration and five (5) years of management experience.


Bachelor's degree and seven (7) years experience as described above

Special Requirements

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.

AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, pursuant to 20 V.S.A. 2056c or other applicable statutory authority, requires criminal record checks for all AHS positions, including motor vehicle driving record checks and national record checks where appropriate.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Nearest Major Market: Barre
Nearest Secondary Market: Montpelier