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Vermont Department of Labor
Location: Washington County,

The Vermont Department of Labor is seeking an energetic and experienced individual to join the Unemployment Insurance Division in the role of Assistant Director of UI. The UI Program provides wage replacement to individuals who have lost a job through no fault of their own thereby creating a critical safety net for workers seeking reemployment. In addition, the program collects UI contributions from more than 25,000 employers across the State and administers multiple quality control units to ensure proper program compliance. Successful individuals in this role will assist in the overall management and administration of the Division overseeing multiple units within a given area of the UI Program (e.g., Tax, Benefits, Quality Control and Fraud Prevention).

As the Department continues to navigate through the impacts of COVID-19 on the Vermont workforce, and as the UI Program shifts focus towards system and program modernization, the Division is realigning itself to ensure effective and efficient administration at the highest levels of the UI Program.

The Assistant Director position reports to the Director and Associate Director of the UI Program but will be expected to provide independent leadership, effective management, and critical decision making within the respective areas of administration. There are three primary areas that an Assistant Director may oversee, specifically Benefits, UI Tax, or Quality Control and Fraud Prevention. Each administrative area requires an individual with strong management skills, experience leading multiple teams, and an ability to work collaboratively with a small team of UI executives. Work in either area will include significant day-to-day supervision of direct reports and respective staff members. It is critical that the successful applicant have experience in supervision and management to be able to delegate responsibility and ensure effective oversight and mentoring. Work includes ensuring that the units within the Assistant Director’s purview are meeting UI performance standards developed in collaboration with the UI leadership team. In addition, the individuals will be required to review and submit federal reports, which requires data analytics skills and strong writing skills. The position requires regular interactions with the public and may include regular public speaking, presentations, and collaboration with others.

Myti
Location: Chittenden County,

Client:  Myti

Position Title: Customer Touchpoint Manager

Website:  www.myti.com

Location:  Burlington, Vermont

Reports to: CEO-CVO

Pay Range: $85,000 to $125,000

About Myti 

Myti is a community-driven online shopping platform that allows you to search for items by proximity  and purchase products from independent retail businesses. While the convenience of today’s technology  makes it easy to lose sight of personal relationships and their effect on the character of our communities,  Myti has built technology so people can focus on the personal interactions we all crave.  

About the Myti Touchpoint Manager 

In this key position on the Myti team, you will focus on every stage of the customer journey, infusing  every interaction with opportunities to make a meaningful, personal connection. You will amplify the  Myti brand throughout all communications including education/promotion, customer service, public  relations, media relations, social media strategy, investor relations, and the Myti website. 

You will have the skills to develop a deep understanding of the Myti customer through relevant research;  have a finger on the pulse of emerging eCommerce trends; and be facile at translating data into  compelling stories. 

You’ll bring a track record for developing thoughtful marketing strategy; be a creative and strategic  thinker; have outstanding writing and problem-solving skills; and will thrive in a collaborative work  environment across multiple teams, organizations, and geographies. 

This role will report directly to CVO, Bill Calfee. This role is based in Burlington, VT, and we’ll expect  you to pop into the beautiful lakeside Burlington office a few days each week. 

What You’ll Do:  

  • Develop and execute marketing strategies in collaboration with the Myti team. This includes but  is not restricted to marketing campaigns for buyer and shopkeeper recruitment to increase Myti’s  market share, image, and to ensure brand consistency. 
  • Serve as a trend and culture expert to drive cultural relevance for the brand. 
  • Develop internal and external communications including social media platforms and the Myti  website. Identify new ways to amplify the Myti story in the digital world, (i.e., influencers, social  channels, emerging platforms, etc). Participate in the oversight and selection of vendors including  designers, photo and video professionals, and web development consultants. 
  • Partner with internal data resources to comprehensively understand consumer behavior and  leverage insights to build storylines that demonstrate how the world is connecting with Myti. In collaboration with the development team, identify, measure, and analyze key performance  metrics to determine overall customer interest and engagement; evaluate effectiveness of  strategies and campaigns; report findings and determine strategies for improvement. Conduct market research to assess and ensure customer satisfaction. Reframe marketing programs  based on implications of that research. 
  • Plan and implement public relations programs to create and maintain a favorable public image of  Myti.
  • Build and maintain significant relationships with key press across consumer, lifestyle, and culture  spaces. 
  • Build messaging for Myti’s key spokespeople. 
  • Lead and attend weekly meetings. 
  • Perform other related duties as required or directed. 

Who you are:  

Required Competencies/Skills/Abilities: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Public Relations, or related field. 6+ years relevant communications experience with demonstrated excellent verbal and written  communication skills; proven ability to write content that conveys value. 
  • Demonstrated experience of marketing principles and strategies. 
  • Demonstrated success in delivering results in a fast-moving and demanding environment with  minimal oversight and direction. 
  • Collaborative individual who enjoys partnering closely across teams and departments. Strong understanding of the consumer buying landscape. 
  • Excellent presentation skills. 
  • Strong project management skills. 
  • Strong strategic thinker and resourceful problem-solver. 
  • Of course, an ever-enthusiastic representative of the Myti brand! 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills. 
  • Ability to internalize the Myti core values and apply them. 
  • Core-values-based decision-making skills in response to high-pressure situations. 

Physical Requirements: 

  • Able to stand/walk for extended periods. 
  • Comfortable being outside in all sorts of weather for at least 10-15 minutes. 
  • Able to sit through video conferences with remote teammates. 
  • Able to negotiate streets, sidewalks, and most retail and commercial business environments. Able to work with computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. 
  • Able to safely lift and carry items up to 15 pounds. 

Special Requirements: 

  • A valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must be able to operate a motor vehicle as  needed. 

Gallagher, Flynn, & Company, LLP has been retained to conduct this search. Interested candidates  may apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Anna Gilcris, Strategic HR Business Advisor, at  talentsolutions@gfc.com. While we appreciate all interest in this exciting opportunity, only  candidates most closely aligned with our search will be contacted. 

Disclaimer: What is listed above is representative of the position’s responsibilities but is not meant to  be an exhaustive list. Responsibilities may change during employment at the company’s discretion.  Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP, and our client do not discriminate in employment based on race,  color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation,  sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee  organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Myti
Location: Chittenden County,

Client:  Myti

Position Title: Operations Manager

Website:  www.myti.com

Location:  Burlington, Vermont

Reports to: CEO-CVO

Pay Range: $85,000 to $100,000 

Job Summary:
Design, build, continually improve and manage all operational structures of Myti to support the team in creating a Community-Driven Online Shopping Platform and Community-Driven fulfillment system. Find sources of friction and remove them so the team community can thrive. When in doubt, be driven by Myti’s vision, mission, and core values.

Supervisory Challenges:

Myti currently operates with a very flat organizational structure. The Operations Manager will be part of the leadership team and work closely with all team members. Operations for Myti covers a very broad area of the business and so will your focus as the Operations Manager. Your primary responsibilities will include management within the People/Team, Community (Shopkeepers and Buyers), IT and Finance operations, as well as touching on all the other areas of the business, including Product, Logistics, and Marketing.

The Challenges you will be working on:

Overall:

Oversee and manage Myti’s operational activities; regardless of functional area, you will be responsible for:

  • Processes: Implement and maintain the processes that Myti uses/needs to use, including software and other IT programs.
  • People: People and Culture is a big part of Myti’s operations. As the Operations Manager, you will be working very closely on our core needs related to people operations, such as building programs and tools to ensure compliance, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Reporting: Responsible for reporting on how the business is functioning and whether the implemented processes and policies are working or need changes.

Specific Asks of You:

  • Provide inspired leadership to the Myti team in line with our core values and vision.
  • Analyze, make recommendations and improve organizational processes related to meeting the Myti quarterly and annual goals.
    • Identify and address problems and opportunities for Myti and prepare and implement related improvement plans.
    • Remain current and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and that required documents are filed timely.
    • Design and implement compensation and benefits programs to support the team.
  • Mentor and support junior team members, including but not limited to teaching project management, managing bandwidth and prioritization, and conducting performance reviews.
    • Follow the core values to maintain a culture of transparency, collaboration, and autonomy.
    • Be ready to support team members with their projects.
    • Seek and train yourself and the team on more effective ways to communicate, have difficult conversations and reduce conflict.
    • Review and understand product and team goals and lead initiatives to find passionate people to join Myti.
    • Gather information and seek to understand what would inspire and support people, then supply those things.
    • Develop storytelling skills to communicate the Myti vision, mission, and core values to internal and external stakeholders.
    • Partner with other leadership team members to develop annual and quarterly roadmaps and strategic goals.
    • Develop budgets, operational manuals, and procedures in alignment with the Myti vision and core values.
    • Work with Product and Care Teams to ensure core values are embodied.
    • Work with buyers and shopkeepers to ensure they are so inspired and excited by their Myti experience that they become part of the Myti Outreach Club.
    • Lean into the Myti core values to establish relationships with teammates, outside partners, buyers, shopkeepers, and community partners.
    • Engage with the Founder to convert strategic ideas into tactical projects.
    • Perform other related duties as required or directed.

Required Competencies/Skills/Abilities:

  • Proven managerial skills and interpersonal savvy.
  • Proven ability not only in how to manage a task list, but also the ability to manage a program and function
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing – internally and externally, across all levels of an organization
  • Ability to apply knowledge of the business and marketplace to advance Myti’s vision, mission and goals.
  • Ability to internalize the Myti core values and apply them.
  • Good judge of talent to attract and select the staff needed to achieve current and future needs.
  • Initiative to introduce new, useful, and innovative ideas and successfully put them into place.
  • Ability to align objectives with organizational goals and effectively prioritize and adjust them as needed.
  • Core-values-based decision-making skills in response to high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments and requirements that may impact the workplace.
  • Very competent with the use of Office 365 suite: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Teams, etc.
  • Good judgement making skills, including knowing when to ask for help, when to delegate tasks, when to escalate a concern.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to stand/walk for extended periods.
  • Comfortable being outside in all sorts of weather for at least 10-15 minutes.
  • Able to sit through video conferences with remote teammates.
  • Able to negotiate streets, sidewalks, and most retail and commercial business environments.
  • Able to work with computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.
  • Able to safely lift and carry items up to 15 pounds.

Special Requirements:

  • A valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must be able to operate a motor vehicle as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Business Administration, or related field and five years of experience as a project or operations manager. Start-up experience preferred. Or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated success in delivering results in a fast-moving and demanding environment.

Gallagher, Flynn, & Company, LLP has been retained to conduct this search. Interested candidates may apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Anna Gilcris, Strategic HR Business Advisor, at talentsolutions@gfc.com. While we appreciate all interest in this exciting opportunity, only candidates most closely aligned with our search will be contacted.

 

Disclaimer: What is listed above is representative of the position’s responsibilities but is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Responsibilities may change during employment at the company’s discretion. Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP, and our client do not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

First Children's Finance
Location: Remote,

Job Title:         Vermont State Director

Reports To:     Chief Program Officer

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Location:        Vermont

Pay: $123,000

Date:               November 2022

Mission and Organizational Background

The mission of First Children’s Finance (FCF) is to grow the supply and business sustainability of excellent child care. Founded in 1991, FCF provides business and financial assistance to business owners and leaders in the field of early care and education. The achieve our goals, FCF works on three levels: Individual Child Care Business Level, Community Level, and Systems Level. FCF is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Minneapolis that provides business development programs and services in multiple states, with regional offices in four: Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Vermont. For more information, visit the First Children’s Finance website.

Benefits:

Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance, holidays, paid time off, and paid family medical leave. Allowable travel costs are reimbursed.

Flexible work environment

First Children’s Finance honors candidates’ time and effort in job-seeking by providing transparency regarding compensation. Creating transparency regarding salary information reduces the gender pay gap, and eliminates salary negotiation, which rarely benefits people of color or women. It is a value of our organization to support equitable hiring practices.

Job Summary

FCF is seeking a new Vermont Director that will be a talented manager and leader whose approach is strategic, collaborative, and characterized by the ability to inspire, motivate, and empower others to achieve the goals of FCF. This is a highly-functioning “generalist” who is a thought leader and a self-starter. This individual will possess highly-developed fundraising and communications skills, be creative, curious, innovative, and possess a continuous improvement mindset that will advance the Theory of Change work. The Vermont Director will be especially skilled and building and developing key stakeholder relationships and launching the Vermont FCF state office.

This is a remote position based in Vermont.

Essential Functions

Reporting to FCF’s Chief Program Officer, the Vermont Director leads a team of staff to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of all Vermont programs and participates on the FCF Leadership Team to support organization-wide activities. The Vermont Director also manages the day-to-day operations in Vermont under policies determined by FCF. The primary responsibilities are:

  • Strategic Financial Development: Plan and implement and annual fundraising strategy; seek and maintain relationships with institutional funders; secure funding from state government and philanthropy; develop funding proposals and evaluation reports; Own and manage annual budget.
  • Program Planning and Management: Develop, manage, and promote business and financial programs; help ECE providers build their business skills and capacity; market, evaluate, and improve FCF programs and services; provide training, consultative, and technical assistance to strengthen ECE programs.
  • Human Resources Planning and Management: Support, develop, and retain qualified and excellent staff, consultants, and volunteers; ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the organization by selecting and developing effective people; foster a culture of cooperation and mutual respect, focusing on outstanding performance.
  • Relationship Management: Maintain strong and effective relationships with ECE business leaders and advocates both in Vermont and nationally; build and maintain strong relationships with private and public sector leaders, revenue sources, industry leaders, and allied organizations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, organizational development, planning, communication, finance, or nonprofit administration, or public administration is required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three or more years executive or advanced level professional supervisory experience in a nonprofit organization, with knowledge of early care and education issues preferred.
  • Successful track record of securing approximately $1 million annually through a mix of philanthropy, government, corporate, and individual donors.
  • Familiarity with the communities across Vermont, or the ability to quickly make connections in those communities.
  • Program planning, development, facilitation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community and economic development.
  • Knowledge of current service trends and emerging models of early care and education.
  • Proven administrative competence in areas such as financial management, budgeting, planning, and goal setting.
  • Familiarity with FCF’s Theory of Change, or a positive orientation to change and new ways of doing business, including the ability to innovate and implement continuous improvements.
  • Open to learning, accepting positive and constructive feedback
  • Private sector engagement and partnership is a plus
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude
  • Proven track record of monitoring, managing, and analyzing program data and outcomes.
  • A systems thinker that is able to maintain a big-picture focus while attending to detail.

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to recruit, retain, and develop both staff leaders.
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, and able to work independently
  • Ability to provide business and financial consultation and training
  • Ability to read, interpret, and analyze financial statements and develop and manage budgets
  • Ability to think strategically, plan regionally, and implement plans on the ground
  • Ability to promote a positive image of FCF and position FCF as a key resource in the field of early care and education
  • Ability to be flexible and work collaboratively with a diversity of FCF staff, customers, partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills; public speaking experience
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, yet be a part of a team
  • Experience in supervising collaborative work with multiple team members
  • The ability and commitment to be an engaging ambassador and advocate for FCF with key business, community, and government leaders.

Work Conditions

  • Must be able to work on the computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability to travel when needed

 

Additional Notes

This job description represents the major functions of the position but is not intended to be all-inclusive. The incumbent is also responsible for taking direction from FCF representatives in completing projects or performing duties deemed necessary for the program and FCF success.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and a résumé by email to fcfjobs@FirstChildrensFinance.org with “Vermont State Director” in the subject line. Questions can be sent to HeidiHB@FirstChildrensFinance.org.

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
Location: Addison County,

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op has been committed to our values of sustainable business practice, growing the local foods movement and supporting our community for over 45 years. Our ideal candidate will also be committed to these goals and help us achieve them. Last year we contributed over $117,000 in donations to our local food shelves, non-profits, and discounts to low-income shoppers. We also reached 36% of sales from local Vermont products from over 400 Vermont Producers. We are thrilled to contribute to our local economy.

Finance Manager

This essential leadership position will oversee the Finance Department for our $22 million natural foods market. The Finance Manager reports to the General Manager and works closely with the management team to support our growing Co-op. Our culture values those who are willing to go the extra mile, the attitude that “we are all in this together” and a true commitment to continuously learning and growing.

As Manager of our Finance Department you are instrumental to the success of the entire organization. You are a great communicator, embracing a hands-on leadership style, and are an essential resource for our whole staff as they continually build financial fluency and understanding of key financial trends. At different levels of involvement, you will oversee the Cash Receipts, Disbursements and Financial Reporting systems. Your duties include planning, directing, and coordinating all accounting operational functions, including payroll; ensuring timely internal and external financial reporting for management decision making; coordinating activities with the external auditors; and supervision of finance staff. You can balance the overlapping demands of cash management and financial reporting while establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures.

You have the highest standards for accuracy and integrity, seeing both the big picture and the importance of managing the details.

To lead our Finance Department we want you to have:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience leading a finance department, including supervision of staff, with preference for a retail environment.
  • A thorough understanding of US GAAP.
  • Minimum 4-year accounting, finance or equivalent business degree is required.
  • Solid communication, technology, analytical and management skills.
  • A passion for going “above and beyond” to offer stellar customer service.

Our benefits package includes group health insurance, optional vision and dental insurance, flexible spending account, 3 weeks of paid time off, paid holidays, profit sharing bonus, 401k, life insurance, paid parental leave, co-op membership, employment assistance program, and more. Hiring range is $60,000-$73,000.

To learn more about our amazing community, you may want to explore this link:

https://experiencemiddlebury.com

If you would love to work in a unique organization with devoted staff, learn more and apply on our website https://middleburycoop.applicantpro.com/jobs/ Please attach a resume and letter of interest.

Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group
Location: Chittenden County,

A Vermont Best Places to Work winner for 5 consecutive years, Hickok & Boardman Insurance Group (HBIG) is an industry leader with locations in Vermont and upstate New York, seeks candidates with 3+ years’ relevant experience, pursuing an AS or BS in accounting or related field, and who loves both teamwork and autonomy, and collaborating with caring, fun, and dedicated coworkers.

 

We Offer (more details below)

  • Hiring range: $51k – $65k (annualized hourly pay)
  • Benefits: 401(k) + match, health/dental/vision, generous paid leave, tuition reimbursement, and student loan forgiveness support
  • A close-knit team, set within a respectful employee-centric and supportive workplace culture, that values, curiosity, transparency, collaboration, communication, development, and one another
  • Daily opportunities to analyze, problem-solve, and participate in important decisions
  • Diverse opportunities to participate and give back to our communities

 

Core Responsibilities

  • Prepare deposits and post daily EFTs
  • Record production and revenue; associate payments, reconcile revenue statements, and audit aged outstanding client receivables
  • Bank and credit card reconciliations
  • Vendor and company payables
  • Identify and follow up on missing payments, statements, and invoices
  • Provide research support for variances in receivables and payables
  • Retrieve and electronically file various invoices and statements from Carrier, Vendor, and Banking sites, email, and daily incoming mail
  • Manage email; resolve and respond appropriately to sender with excellent customer service

 

Key Qualifications

  • 3+ years related experience and actively pursuing an AS or BS degree in accounting or related field
  • Proficiency with Microsoft 365, excellent Excel skills preferred, and experience with ERP systems a plus
  • Skills
    • Superior level of detail orientation, focus, and efficiency
    • Analytical/Evaluative
    • Decision-making, both independent and in collaboration with teammates
    • Communication and relationship-building in a variety of settings
    • Time management/prioritization

 

  • Qualities
  • Caring and collaborative
  • Loves process improvement
  • Discrete and confidential
  • Enjoys feedback and learning
  • Self-motivated

Compensation and Benefits

  • Full-time, hourly, non-exempt, eligible for overtime over 40 hours/week
  • Hiring range: $51k – $65k (annualized hourly pay)
  • 401(k) + employer match
  • Health, dental & vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account with partial employer funding
  • Accident, life, long-term & short-term disability
  • Paid holidays
  • Generous paid and sick leave
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Student loan forgiveness support
  • Wellness reimbursement
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Headspace meditation app

About Hickok & Boardman

Dedicated to providing the best service to our clients, carriers, employees, and communities, described by employees as “supportive of employees both personally and professionally”, and often referred to as the “H&B Family” because of our positive atmosphere and exceptional teamwork. hbinsurance.com

HBIG differentiates itself by providing superior support and value-added services to our clients. Locally managed, HBIG is an Agency Partner of Acrisure, LLC, a top 6 insurance brokerage firm nationally. This partnership supports the work Hickok & Boardman does, and better serves our current clients by leveraging expert resources and collaborating on effective solutions.

 

We are committed to employing a diverse workforce and encourage people of all backgrounds and lived experiences to apply. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Vermont Arts Council
Location: Washington County,

Organization

The mission of the Vermont Arts Council (VAC) is to cultivate and advance the arts and creativity throughout Vermont. The Council is committed to building a state where art, culture, and creativity are at the heart of its communities. Engagement with the arts transforms individual lives, connects people more deeply to each other, energizes the economy, and sustains the vibrant cultural landscape that makes Vermont a great place to live. The Council prioritizes expanding arts opportunities, cultivating creative placemaking, and energizing Vermont’s creative economy.

VAC was founded in 1965 and is the state’s primary provider of arts funding, advocacy, and information. Supported by private and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Vermont, a total of $2,923,181 in Arts Council funding was awarded in FY2022. Grants were awarded to 121 individual artists, 217 organizations in every county, and 121 towns across Vermont. Headquartered in Montpelier, VAC is the only state arts agency in the United States that is also an independent nonprofit, allowing VAC to advocate in the state legislature for funding and policies. VAC delivers funding to the state’s creative sector in several ways including direct grants for artists, grants for the creation of public art and art in state buildings, grants to arts and cultural organizations, and support for arts programs in schools. VAC also supports artists and the cultural community by fostering connections with each other and with a variety of educational, accessibility, and funding resources; arts directories; and statewide classified ads.

In recent years, VAC asserted itself as a vital resource by assisting the cultural community in navigating the intense (and continuing) disruptions of the pandemic. VAC successfully advocated for and administered unprecedented amounts of relief to Vermont artists and cultural organizations. In FY2022, the state legislature and the governor made a unique investment—the allocation of $9 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds—to the Vermont Arts Council designated for grants to creative sector nonprofits and for-profit entities to help them recover from the pandemic. In addition, funding allocated in the last legislative session was deployed statewide to transform and expand traditional arts and cultural programming into the new digital space. New philanthropic partnerships increased the size and scope of Arts Council grants to artists and cultural organizations, helping to strengthen the state’s cultural landscape in its pandemic recovery and to build the long-term sustainability of the state’s vibrant creative sector. VAC’s COVID-19 relief programs have included Digital Capacity Grants, Rapid Response Artist Relief Grants, Cultural Relief Grants and Cultural Recovery Grants for organizations (in partnership with Vermont Humanities), and sponsorships for outdoor arts events.

One of VAC’s main initiatives is the Vermont Creative Network (VCN), which was established by the Vermont Legislature in May 2016. The VCN is a broad collective of organizations, businesses, and individuals working to advance Vermont’s creative sector and is focused on promoting statewide investment in systems that allow creatives to grow and thrive. In 2021, the VCN launched a statewide CreateVT Action Plan, which won state and regional Plan of the Year awards and was instrumental in making the case for the $9 million COVID-19 relief grant program for the creative sector. The advocacy agenda focuses on investing in cultural infrastructure, promoting creative local economies, investing in digital capacity, and developing entrepreneurial and business skills.

VAC works with the Governor’s office to recognize contributions in the Vermont arts community each year, honoring individuals and organizations with a variety of awards. Awards are given for excellence and achievement in the arts, arts education, arts advocacy, and service to the arts.

Inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) initiatives are prioritized internally and externally. In 2020, a staff committee was formed devoted to pursuing IDEA in all VAC activities and have been implemented in employment policies, grantmaking practices, and outreach procedures. In 2022, the committee established a network of IDEA advisors from the field in order to continue and expand this work. The IDEA Advisory Network brings together creative leaders, community organizers, and working artists with expertise and lived experiences in pursuing social justice in and through the arts; it will help set and pursue IDEA priorities and disseminates the work to diverse communities.

Vermont Arts Council has a 16-member Board of Trustees led by Chair Rebecca McMeekin. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, Vermont Arts Council reported a total revenue of $4,392,446 and total expenses were $4,367,031.

 

Community

Known as the Green Mountain State, Vermont is a socially, culturally, and environmentally progressive state that is home to some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings. Located at the westernmost edge of the New England region, the population is about 625,000 and is made up of small vibrant cities and quaint towns, all offering their own distinct environment with a common throughline of community, civic pride, and creativity. A unique and dynamic culture, Vermont is consistently ranked one of the safest places to live, one of the best states to live in and to raise a family, and one of the healthiest states in America. The educational system is highly ranked and the strong transportation infrastructure makes even the most rural areas accessible.

With a long tradition of respect for the land, Vermont is the most environmentally-conscious state in the country and is a leader in self-sufficient living. Vermonters are serious about year-round outdoor recreation and the state offers everything from skiing and hiking to cycling and sailing. There is a thriving culinary scene featuring innovative local food systems, inventive farm-to-table offerings, artisan cheesemakers, and the most craft breweries per capita in the United States. The state is well-known for its number of living and working artists and for its commitment to the creative economy. A 2019 study showed that 9.3% of Vermont jobs—more than 40,000—are in the creative sector, defined as design, specialty foods, visual arts and fine crafts, performing arts, film and media, literary arts, and culture and heritage.

The Vermont Arts Council offices are located in Montpelier, across the street from the Vermont State House, in a historic house that was the childhood home of Senator Patrick Leahy. The capital of Vermont, Montpelier is a micropolitan area in the foothills of the Green Mountains. It sits on Abenaki homeland at the confluence of the Winooski and North Branch Rivers. With a population of 8,000, it is one of the smallest state capitals in the country, but it boasts a vibrant community that is both sophisticated and welcoming. Montpelier is home to a thriving arts community featuring theatre, live music venues, and a bustling business district that includes many independently owned shops. “Local is a way of life” in Montpelier and it is distinctly the only state capital without a Walmart, McDonalds, or a Starbucks. It is conveniently located 3 hours from Boston, 5 hours from New York and 2.5 hours from Montreal. There is an Amtrak Vermonter station and Burlington International Airport is 32 miles away. The Vermont College of Fine Arts and Community College of Vermont call Montpelier home and the elementary and secondary schools are rated as some of the best in the state.

Sources: usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2021-04-14/these-are-the-greenest-states-in-the-us

 

Position Summary

The Executive Director will serve as a dynamic and collaborative leader for the Vermont Arts Council and for the state’s creative sector to ensure everyone has access to the arts and creativity in their lives and communities. This individual will develop an inclusive strategic vision to strengthen the resiliency and sustainability of arts, cultural, and creative sector organizations and individuals across the state. The Executive Director will collaborate with the Board of Directors, community, and civic partners in the active pursuit of resources to support the organization’s goals and strategic direction. A visible leader, they will energize the state’s creative economy and advocate for the creative sector. This individual will establish and nurture authentic and transparent relationships with elected officials, local and state agencies, cultural partners, artists, institutional funders, and individual donors. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring the success of the organization’s fundraising, financial, operations, marketing, administration, and programmatic strategies.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Provide a vision and strategy for Vermont Arts Council that balances the needs of the state’s creative economy with a realistic understanding of local, state, and federal policy and the political and environmental factors impacting the region and the cultural sector.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access throughout the organization with policies and practices that foster transformative change.
  • Foster a culture of innovation throughout the Council to realize new ideas, concepts, and strategies that amplify the cultural vitality of communities across the state.
  • Partner with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and ensure the implementation of a strategic plan, aligning goals with the organization’s core mission and allocating financial and human resources to achieve the goals.
  • Cultivate and nurture authentic and positive relationships and partnerships with organizations, grant recipients, artists, and other key stakeholders, ensuring open communication and an honest assessment of programmatic and performance milestones.
  • Keep abreast of the latest cultural sector issues and trends through active participation in regional and national cultural service organizations.
  • Embrace other strategic vision and leadership duties as needed.

Resource Development and External Relations

  • Identify, establish, and maintain cooperative and collaborative partnerships with state agencies, municipal governments, local and national funders, and regional and national organizations, such as the New England Foundation for the Arts, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Serve as a primary fundraiser for the organization, setting strategy, identifying, and stewarding philanthropic relationships, and working with donors across all divisions of the organization.
  • Partner with the Board Chair to engage board members and leverage their networks to secure resources that will advance the organization’s mission.
  • Direct the development and implementation of comprehensive marketing, branding, and development strategies that maximize revenue opportunities from individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
  • Embrace other resource development and external relations duties as needed.

Community Engagement

  • Serve as the principal spokesperson and chief storyteller, seeking opportunities to communicate with donors, the media, and the community to share VAC’s impact on the vitality of the state’s arts.
  • Strengthen VAC’s image through effective community activities, including frequent visits and communication with cultural leaders and artists, conducting site visits to partner and grantee organizations to promote the organization’s work, and enhancing the entire cultural sector.
  • Maintain and strengthen positive relationships with elected officials and policymakers at the local, state, and national levels while advocating for the importance of funding the arts and the impact of the arts and culture sector.
  • Embrace other community engagement duties as necessary.

Governance and Operations

  • Establish strong communication channels with the board, present timely and accurate briefs and reports to support their policy and decision-making and attend meetings and sub-committee meetings as necessary.
  • Partner with the Board Executive and Nominating Committees to identify, cultivate, recruit, and engage diverse board members whose skills, interests, and commitment will further VAC’s mission.
  • Serve as ex officio and member of assigned committees, seek and build board involvement, build relationships, and further development.
  • Recruit, hire, develop, and support a diverse staff team; regularly evaluating both individual and team performance.
  • Ensure ongoing service and programmatic excellence through rigorous program evaluation.
  • Implement consistent operational policies, processes, and procedures that increase efficiency, establish high standards of customer service, promote open and transparent communication, strengthen internal controls, and ensure a safe and healthy workplace for the staff.
  • Collaborate with the Finance Director and Board Treasurer in the oversight of the organization’s financial health, establish short- and long-range financial goals, develop and monitor the annual budget, and ensure adherence to strong financial controls.
  • Embrace other governance and operations duties as necessary.

 

Traits and Characteristics

A strategic and authentic advocate for the arts, the Executive Director will be a collaborative leader with excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with and energize a diverse group of citizens and partners across the state. This individual will be an altruistic leader who is driven to support the cultural sector and creative economy without the need for individual recognition. Receptive to new methods and ideas, the Executive Director will be willing to undertake non-traditional opportunities that expand the reach and impact of the sector. They will use their passion for the arts to inspire and build relationships that strengthen the support systems for Vermont’s cultural sector.

Other key competencies include:

  • Diplomacy and Interpersonal Skills – The capacity to recognize multiple perspectives, demonstrate sincere interest in divergent voices and opinions and tactfully address complex or challenging issues with respect and sensitivity.
  • Personal Accountability and Resiliency – The capability to evaluate personal actions, accept responsibility for mistakes, and overcome setbacks to reach a positive outcome.
  • Teamwork and Appreciating Others – The ability to identify with and care about others, leading a team toward consensus, recognizing and appreciating member contributions, and providing constructive feedback to enhance the cohesiveness and effectiveness of the team.
  • Problem Solving – The facility to define, analyze, and diagnose key components of a problem to formulate a solution.

 

Experience and Qualifications

A strong background in and passion for the arts is essential, as well as a demonstrated understanding of the value of creativity for the social and economic wellbeing of people and communities. A proven record of leadership and experience with advanced communication strategies as well as a background in coalescing diverse interests and managing complex collaborative partnerships is required. Progressive senior management experience in a government agency, nonprofit organization, university, or creative industry setting is necessary. Qualified candidates will be knowledgeable in cultural policy development and implementation at the local, state, or federal level, possessing a keen understanding of public policy and legislative priorities. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with a wealth of experience in public administration, particularly with programs involving public funds. Knowledge of the Vermont arts and culture environment, as well as the political landscape, are helpful attributes. The Executive Director is required to live in Vermont. Qualified applicants will be committed to embracing and advancing the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated experience in staff management and program development and will have exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

 

Compensation and Benefits

VAC provides a competitive compensation package with a salary range between $110,000 and $125,000 and a benefits package that includes health, life, vision, and dental insurance; short- and long-term disability; vacation, holiday, and sick pay; and an employee retirement plan.

Vermont Public
Location: Chittenden County,

Vermont Public is in search of a thoughtful and listener-focused Director of Radio Programming to join our team in Colchester, VT.

Who Should Apply?
We’re looking for someone who will champion the listener experience – from the sound of promotions, music and interstitials, hosting, and on-air shifts, to our national program schedule. The ideal candidate will bring a keen ear, leadership skills, an understanding of what makes great radio, and a collaborative mindset to their work. This is a supervisory position that requires at least 3 years in broadcasting or other related fields.
Candidates will be expected to have a high level of commitment and dedication to the mission of the organization and public media. Must be able to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with co-workers and audience, supporting and enhancing a culture of belonging as well as preserving confidentiality appropriately.

Details:
This is a full-time salary-exempt non-union position; compensation ranges from $60,000-$75,000 yearly average of 40 hours per week.

Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op
Location: Addison County,

We are seeking an experienced staff to give amazing service to our customers while coordinating our Fresh Meat and Seafood Department. Buying from local vendors, preparing raw meat, grinding meat and packaging and stocking will support this growing department.

Our ideal candidate knows how to provide the highest quality, locally sourced products with exceptional customer service. We are seeking someone with experience leading a meat department, with HACCP and Servsafe certifications and skilled at vendor, employee and customer relationships.

Our Meat Coordinator will take the lead in maintaining a well stocked meat department through strategic ordering and best buying practices while training and coaching team members on high quality standards. Our new Fresh Meat Department will be responsible for preparing raw poultry, beef, pork, lamb and seafood for retail sale following HACCP guidelines, making sausage, and preparing fresh ground meat.

Do you enjoy making someone’s day? Want to learn more about natural, organic and local foods? Perhaps this fabulous opportunity is just right for you. We are seeking staff, interested in learning something new every day to support the needs of our growing Co-op.

Our ideal candidate

  • is passionate about providing excellent customer service
  • enjoys fast paced physical work environment
  • has recent retail buying and leadership experience
  • is HaCCP trained and certified
  • has ability to lift up to 50 lbs. frequently
  • is knowledgeable of natural foods with a desire to learn more
  • is able to work with and safely handle fresh meat
VELCO
Location: Rutland County,

Why you should join our team

The Environmental Specialist is responsible for all phases of environmental planning, assessment, permitting and regulatory compliance associated with VELCO projects including, but not limited to, the construction and maintenance of electric transmission lines and substations, facilities, fiber optic lines, and radio sites. The Environmental Specialist works with limited supervision with latitude for exercising initiative and independent judgement in support of the corporate environmental and sustainability policies and goals.

How you will make an impact

  • Successfully manage and work collaboratively with consultants and contractors to ensure timely deliverables while maintaining project budgets, schedules, and environmental compliance.
  • Interact with stakeholders, specifically state and federal regulatory staff, regarding permitting efforts and regulatory changes in a professional manner that reflects VELCO’s Mission, Vision, and Values.
  • Manage the coordination and completion of comprehensive environmental and cultural resource assessments, contaminated site remediation, environmental permitting, construction oversight and compliance reporting.
  • Perform environmental impact assessments using Geographic Information Systems and applies in-depth knowledge of natural resources and environmental regulations with limited supervision.
  • Support the VELCO Environmental Team and associated compliance program by developing and delivering trainings, responding to compliance events, developing response plans, and reviewing and submitting regulatory reporting.
  • Maintains a collaborative working relationship with team members and contractors to ensure the successful performance of work in accordance with project plans, environmental permits, schedules, budgets and company requirements.
  • Reports to the Environmental Manager on the status of permitting efforts, compliance obligations, corporate sustainability efforts and other deliverables as requested.
  • Supports the development and implementation of environmental management systems and related compliance tools necessary for the success of the team and the company as a whole.
  • Respond, when necessary and under the direction of the Environmental Manager, to VELCO Operations and Maintenance call-outs (which may, on occasion, occur during off duty hours) to events such as spills, compliance issues, emergency situations, etc.
  • Provides input on the development of annual budgets and assists with monitoring expense and capital expenditures.
  • Participates on project teams in alignment with company core values.
  • Actively supports the company’s strategic initiatives in alignment with the company’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

Who you are

To thrive in this role, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, or similar field.

  • Hold one or more professional certifications and/or licensure in relevant environmental fields highly desired, such as:
    • Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC)
    • Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS)
    • Certified Water Operator
    • 40-Hour USACE Wetland Delineation Training
    • 40-hour HAZWOPER, GIS Professional, or similar
  • Working knowledge of environmental/land use regulations, permitting, and compliance as they pertain to the development, construction, restoration, and operations of infrastructure projects.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Competent with Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and ability to perform basic work tasks using GIS, Global Position Systems (GPS), and/or Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems.
  • Strong understanding of state and federal environmental permitting processes, including application requirements and risks as they pertain to infrastructure projects.
  • Strong teamwork, collaboration, and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to independently schedule, manage, and execute environmental work tasks, such as environmental assessments, regulatory submittals and hazardous material cleanup.

 

VELCO’s commitment to our employees

  • Paid Time Off – Everyone needs time off to recharge. New employees are frontloaded with prorated time off dependent upon date of hire
  • Sick Leave – We advocate for staying home when you are sick
  • Paid Holidays – We observe 11 paid company holidays
  • Medical – Select from two comprehensive health plans. Employees have access to a Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account. We allow documented Domestic Partners on our plans
  • Dental & Vision – Offers a wide range of covered services
  • Wellness Program – Allows you to receive up to $100 per year for reimbursement of approved wellness expenses
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Aids with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more
  • 401K – We offer a very generous employer match and profit share contribution
  • Short Term Incentive Bonus – VELCO proudly offers a yearly incentive bonus based on individual contributions and key performance indicators
  • Life Insurance – VELCO paid life insurance and supplemental coverages are available

 

Important Considerations

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.
  • Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful reference check, background check, physical examination, drug screening, and documentation of Covid-19 vaccination
  • This position is not a remote position. Due to the nature and security of this work, the individual filling this role is expected to work at the Pinnacle campus.
  • VELCO is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran

 

Who VELCO is

VELCO sits at an inflection point of dynamic innovation in an industry undergoing transformation.  Our core responsibility to operate a safe and reliable electric transmission system for Vermonters has not changed.  How we fulfil that responsibility, however, changes regularly with the evolution of the system we operate and the dynamic demands of the customers we serve.  These conditions require that VELCO remain unshakably focused on operational excellence today while anticipating the capabilities we will need to thrive tomorrow.  Likewise, the successful Environmental Specialist will have the capabilities to meet today’s responsibilities while having the foresight and learning orientation to anticipate VELCO’s needs well into the future.

 

The Environmental Specialist at VELCO is a trusted partner excited to help us realize our Vision to create a sustainable Vermont through our people, assets, relationships and operating model.  The Environmental Specialist is someone innately committed to fulfilling our Mission to serve as a Trusted Partner by passionately living our TRUST values (Treating each other with respect; Responding with urgency; Unconditionally supporting one another; Sharing information; and Thinking outside the box).

 

The Fine Print

  • Significant time periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and withstand strenuous activities at times.
  • Must be able to travel to various project sites.
  • Must be able to access and navigate job/construction sites, including transmission line corridors and radio tower sites that are located in variable, remote, and oftentimes difficult terrain.
  • Ability to safely operate ATVs and UTVs to access VELCO assets and projects in remote locations. ATVs/UTVs and associated operator trainings to be provided by VELCO.

Must maintain a valid driver’s license.

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