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.
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.