The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB), an independent office within the Department of Public Service, is seeking a highly motivated professional to develop policy, provide leadership, and foster collaboration to ensure digital equity for all Vermonters. This position presents an exciting opportunity for a public service-minded individual who is keen to apply their communication, training, and capacity building skills to lead the digital inclusion efforts in Vermont.
VCBB was awarded a Digital Equity Planning Grant in Fall 2022 and expects to receive additional funds for implementation in early 2024. The purpose of these funds is to ensure that every individual in Vermont has access to the technology resources and support necessary for full participation in society, democracy, and economy. Over the next few years, the VCBB Digital Equity Officer will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive, state-wide Digital Equity Plan through collaboration with State Agencies, non-profit organizations, Vermonters, and other stakeholders, managing federal grants and contracts, and developing the programs of Vermont’s Digital Equity Office.
Successful candidates could draw from an array of educational and employment experiences, but in order to perform well in this role, should be able to demonstrate strong communication and relationship-building skills, a positive customer service approach, highly developed organizational skills, and the ability to work with or quickly learn Microsoft Office applications. The ideal candidate has experience with equity-related work, is positive, self-motivated, resilient, patient, assertive, able to work under pressure to meet deadlines, and able to handle a diverse community of personalities and opinions. This is a remote position based in Vermont, with occasional travel to the Montpelier office.
The Vermont Community Broadband Board (VCBB) is committed to celebrating the diversity and belonging of the small but effective team. VCBB uses a shared leadership model, where team members work together in a non-hierarchical space to solve problems and set the future direction for the organization. Additionally, VCBB holds weekly virtual staff meetings and monthly in person meetings where we work to make sure everyone has the support they need to do their best work, recognizing that both personal and workplace conditions impact this ability. VCBB is engaged in digital equity and inclusion efforts through the federal IIJA programs and understands that to be successful we must engage lived experts and lean in to practices that will allow us to reach our goal of internet for all individuals in Vermont. We have assembled a team of people who work with the eight "covered populations" of the Digital Equity Act. We are using their networks to reach out to diverse groups of people to make certain we have their input when forming a plan to ensure that every individual in Vermont has access to the technology resources and support necessary for full participation in society, democracy, and economy.