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Title:  Practice and Policy Specialist - Part Time

Application Deadline Date:  02/02/2023
Req ID:  46113
Department:  Children and Families

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Part-Time
Hourly Rate:  $29.79


Coordinate and support the review and development of adolescent-focused policy and practice guidance for Family Services Division. Conduct research on current best practice approaches for target policies and conduct structured input processes with Family Services Managers, supervisors, staff, and clients, to craft policies, procedures, and practice guidance which are aligned with best practice and constructed in a manner which will effectively implement them. Review state and federal standards for the delivery of child welfare and youth justice services to children and families to support the alignment and compliance of DCF Family Services Policy, Procedures, and Practice Guidance. Program management and oversight for a variety of grants and contracts including the statewide Compass (PSSYF) Program. Communicate regularly with key stakeholders including all levels of staff in the 12 district offices, operations managers, central office staff, and community-based service providers. Act as an interagency liaison to initiatives affecting the lives of youth. Interface with state representatives to facilitate interagency and interdepartmental activities. Performs related duties as required. This is a part-time job share position with benefits that will work 20 hours/week.

Who May Apply

This position, Practice and Policy Specialist - Part Time (Job Requisition #46113), 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 office settings although field travel will be necessary for which private means of transportation must be available. Although duties normally occur within a regular weekday schedule, there are times that work occurs on evenings or weekends. Considerable tact is required for dealing with district staff and staff of other States. Some pressure from deadlines may be experienced.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in human services, law, public administration, policy, or related field AND one (1) year or more of experience in policy writing and research or program management.


Bachelor’s degree AND three (3) years or more of experience in policy writing and research or program management.

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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