District Liaison, VT Community Health Equity Partnership

VT Public Health Association
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About the Job

The Vt Public Health Association (VtPHA) is a member organization for Vermont professionals who work in the broad field of public health. The VtPHA works to advance the public health of Vermonters through education and advocacy for health-related public policy, supporting our members in professional development, and promoting awareness of public health issues. The VtPHA is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association. VtPHA works closely with and acts as a fiduciary for Vt Public Health Institute (VtPHI). 

The VtPHI stimulates innovation in policies and programs that impact health through collaboration with governmental public health, academia and public health partners, as well as various community stakeholders. VtPHI is a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI). Technical support from the NNPHI provides benefits, including access to funding opportunities and supportive relationships with peer Public Health Institutes serving other locales, federal agencies, private foundations, public health associations, and other relevant national partners.  

The VtPHI, a sub-recipient of a CDC grant, awarded by Vermont Department of Health (VDH) to address health inequities laid bare by the pandemic, will assist health equity capacity building in VDH’s Local Health Districts by both supporting a collaborative statewide learning structure and by providing technical and other support to the Districts. The core activities of this grant will be to work with District Office staff and partner organizations to recruit, hire, train, and support one part-time staff member per region to facilitate and coach designated local community groups and residents in activities and interventions to reduce health disparities and improve health equity. District teams will make grants in their regions to fund local efforts to reduce health disparities and improve health equity.

District Liaison, Health Equity Grant

This position offers a unique opportunity to be a part of a mission-driven team working towards creating health equity across the state of Vermont. The grant funding allows us to move forward and provide a framework for change that will impact Vermonters today and in the future. This position will act as a springboard creating alignment between the project teams and the stakeholders. There are plans to grow this position along with the infrastructure of VtPHA/VtPHI. Now is an excellent opportunity to join a team of passionate, energetic, values-driven professionals!

Your role as the District Liaison

The Vermont Public Health Institute is seeking a full time (40 hours per week) District Liaison for the duration of the CDC COVID Health Equity Grant. The position is available immediately. The grant is expected to end May 31, 2023, but may be subject to extension. In addition, there are plans to grow this position along with the infrastructure of VtPHA/VtPHI. 

The VtPHA and VtPHI are working to build infrastructure and a public health presence in Vermont that promotes the health and wellbeing of all Vermonters, and we are looking for an energetic individual who will be committed to working with VtPHI consultants to achieve the goals of the grant.

The four most significant components of your role will include: 

  • People Leadership
      • Assist  Backbone staff (known as Integrator) to ensure team alignment, morale, energy, and forward movement of the initiative
      • Facilitate opportunities for backbone (Integrator) staff to work and learn from each other
      • Collaborate  with District Directors, Backbone (Integrator) organizations and staff, Coaches, and various stakeholders
  • Training
      • Partner with the consultant(s) to design and implement an ongoing training program for Backbone (Integrator) staff
      • Raise awareness of training needs to appropriate stakeholders
      • Share learning across the districts to create a learning collaborative 
  • Coordination 
      • Provide ownership of logistics for all training programs
      • Ensure deadlines are being met, and the project is being moved forward and in alignment to the grant
      • Coordinate relationship between District Directors, Backbone (Integrator) organizations’ staff, coaches, and various stakeholders
      • Communicate with all stakeholder groups. Influence, manage-up, advocate, and provide weekly updates on progress using tools jointly created with grant and district leadership.  
  • Execution
    • Work towards achieving the goals of the grant


The ideal candidate will have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, solid technology skills including Microsoft Office products and/or Google Suite products, LMS systems, good organizational and communication skills. We are looking for someone with experience working with teams, skilled in motivating others and facilitating positive team dynamics.

Preference will be given to candidates who have a solid connection to Vermont. 

Hourly salary commensurate with skills and experience. There are plans to grow this position along with the infrastructure of VtPHA/VtPHI. This will be a largely remote position, with attendance at some in-person meetings. The person will report to the Executive Director for the VtPHI.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, contact information for two references, and salary requirements to Cathy Aikman at vtpublichealth@outlook.com. In the Subject Line please put “District Liaison.” Accepting applications until February 21, 2022.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

The Vermont Public Health Association through its program, the Vermont Pubic Health Institute, have received a $4+ million grant from the Vermont Department of Health to build capacity in the state through twelve local (one for each Health Department Local Health District) and one statewide learning collaboratives to “address health inequities laid bare” by the COVID-19 pandemic. Existing and new coalitions in the twelve districts will receive funds (stipends and the like), technical assistance, and other supports to address health inequities exacerbated over the last two years.

Wage or Salary
Min $25/hour