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Title:  Developmental Disabilities Services Division Director

Application Deadline Date:  11/18/2019
Req ID:  3146
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $35.88 - $56.53

Have you been looking for a leadership role in human services where you can be part of a dynamic state-wide system dedicated to supporting Vermonters with Developmental Disabilities?  Are you interested in helping Vermont develop innovative, modern solutions to bring Vermont’s developmental disabilities service system into the future?  If so, this may be just the right position for you.  The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living is currently seeking a Division Director to lead Vermont’s Developmental Services (DS) program and the Office of Public Guardian.  An ideal candidate for this position will have strong leadership skills as well as the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse stakeholder group to identify and implement systems improvements with the goal of creating safe and supportive communities. Maintaining close relationships with consumer, family, provider and advocate stakeholders is an important part of this role. This role has a significant impact of the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as well as individuals receiving public guardian services. 

Vermont has long been a national leader in person-centered, individualized, community-based services for people with developmental disabilities. The person in this position will play a key role in supporting our continued innovation within established federal and state regulations. A $220 million budget makes this one of Vermont's largest human service programs. It is an ideal opportunity to lead Vermont's state team, to help our community partners sustain high quality services and to support Vermont's strong values. The ideal candidate has strong management and leadership skills with at least a bachelor’s degree in a human services or closely related field and professional experience in the field of developmental disabilities services. Salary may be negotiable depending on qualifications.

Duties of the Development Disabilities Services Division Director include:

  • Leading the work of the Division, including providing direction, guidance and support to a committed staff that manage and support the State’s DS System of Care and the Office of Public Guardian which serves adults with developmental disabilities and older Vermonters with cognitive impairments. 
  • Serving as a key member of the Department’s Management Team, contributing to the development of the Department’s strategic, legislative and fiscal initiatives.
  • Using creativity and collaborating to set the vision for DS in the future and to develop, implement and manage the DS System of Care that will respond to the changing needs and preferences of Vermonters with developmental disabilities. 
  • Identifying and pursuing the future resource needs and other creative solutions to ensure our ability to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and those in guardianship. 
  • Providing guidance to providers and monitoring outcomes and service quality.
  • Ensuring compliance with policies, regulations and standards, frequently making decisions related to standards that are subject to interpretation. 
  • Developing and monitoring grants with community-based organizations that provide essential home and community-based services.
  • Managing services within the limits of available funding.
  • Examining ongoing program implementation and operation, participating in collaborative program policy and development meetings with multitude of related state agencies and local service providers 
  • Interacting with other state agencies in establishing collaborating funding and policy arrangements, on-going communication with federal officials. 
Who May Apply

This position, Developmental Disabilities Services Division Director (Job Requisition #3146), 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 primarily in a standard office setting. Meetings with community organizations will require significant travel, for which private means of transportation must be available. Some pressure from deadlines may be anticipated. Some work outside of normal office hours may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree or other advanced degree in human services or a related field AND two (2) years or more of professional level experience in developmental disabilities services AND two (2) years or more in program administration or supervision of staff.


Bachelor's degree in human services or a related field AND four (4) years or more of professional level experience in developmental disabilities services AND two (2) years or more in program administration or supervision of staff.

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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AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

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.

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