Community Services Director – AHS

SOV - AHS / Office of Economic Opportunity
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Location: Washington County,
About the Job

The Role:
The Community Service Program Director will support the development and implementation of statewide and community systems to help lead and coordinate administration of anti-poverty and homeless assistance programs.  The Community Services Program Director will provide expertise and oversight of Community Action Agencies, asset-building programs, and the homeless crisis response system in Vermont.  The Community Services Program Director coordinates policy, advisory, and technical work for the office, and is critical to implementing AHS strategic initiatives.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining programmatic technical policy, process, and procedures that are compliant with federal requirements, including Department of Housing & Urban Development and Office of Community Services.
  • Assisting in negotiations with various stakeholders, such as the Continua of Care, AHS Housing Task Force, Community Action Agencies, and Public Housing Authorities to align policy and protocols.
  • Conducting routine programmatic monitoring, including ongoing desktop monitoring of programmatic reports and onsite comprehensive reviews.
  • Supporting system-wide improvement in community service, asset-building, and homeless assistance programs to ensure consistent and uniform best practice across the state. Coordinating, facilitating, and delivering training to program staff.


  • You Bring: 
    Skills including diplomacy, analysis, regulatory expertise, ability to learn/adapt, strategic & systems thinking, attention to detail, and advanced writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to provide leadership to policy makers, partners and providers to develop local solutions to address poverty and homelessness.
  • Leadership experience with anti-poverty and homeless assistance programs.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of poverty, as well as evidence-based and emerging practices in human services and housing.
  • A demonstrated ability to facilitate positive working relationships between community organizations, state and federal government agencies and experience supervising staff or leading a team.


  • What we offer 
    A supportive, passionate team
    Hybrid and flexible work schedules
    12 paid holidays, plus sick and vacation time
    Excellent, health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families.
    Retirement plans, including a pension
    Parental leave for all new parents, including adoptions
    Working with a staff who is dedicated to supporting children and families, including your own.
    Salary range: $34.27/per hour – $41.21/per hour.

***Starting rate may be negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

Who May Apply

This position, Community Services Director (Job Requisition #49768), 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

Work is performed primarily in an office setting and in a variety of field situations. Private means of transportation should be available since travel to field sites will be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree AND three (3) years technical, supervisory, and administrative experience in the area of community services or grant administration.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with community development and/or homeless assistance programs

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 and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Wage or Salary
$34.27/per hour - $41.21/per hour based on experience and qualfications