Public Health Workforce Director – Limited Service

State of Vermont - Department of Health
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

The Vermont Department of Health is seeking a dynamic individual to serve in the role of Public Health Workforce Director. The person selected will engage with staff across all levels of the Department to support our core values of equity, innovation, open and transparent leadership, professional growth, and work-life balance. They will also help cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment that helps employees thrive and grow in their professional lives.

Note that although this position is currently posted for Burlington, the Department of Health will be moving to Waterbury in the coming months. We encourage you to speak with the hiring manager regarding potential opportunities for telework in this position should that be of interest to you.

The person in this position will support the Department in building and maintaining capacity to perform core public health functions to meet the needs of the community. This includes ensuring the workforce has the skills and experience needed to perform their duties, to advance the health of the community, and to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace.

This position will develop and strengthen employee engagement programs and methods to understand staff experiences and attitudes. The input will be used to identify ways to improve workplace culture and practices, in strategic planning, and other workforce initiatives.

The person in this position will help the department create an environment that supports individual and organizational growth and helps employees thrive. For example, this position will review, adopt, and strengthen evidence-based workplace programs that support staff emotional and physical well-being, and address burnout, work-life balance, and job satisfaction.

The ideal candidate will be an excellent listener who can synthesize information; a thoughtful and strong manager and team leader; able to communicate vision and direction; and able to provide organizational consultation, coaching and mentoring. They will have experience in engaging diverse perspectives to help support an organization’s vision and development in the areas of workforce engagement, development, and nurturing. They will have considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources development, organizational development and learning theories, familiarity with unionized work environments, and experience navigating complex individual and group dynamics in large organizations.

The Vermont Department of Health is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the department’s diversity and commitment to fostering an environment of mutual respect, acceptance, and equal opportunity. We’re seeking people of all genders and backgrounds who are dedicated to improving economic, social, and health conditions for all Vermonters; and committed to a vision of Vermont that embraces all its citizens. Our work is best when a rich array of voices is included, and a shared mission and values exist. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, immigrants, and people from all economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

The Vermont Department of Health’s (VDH) mission and vision is to protect and promote the best health of everyone living in Vermont by ensuring healthy communities. VDH is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, accessible, and welcoming environment that acknowledges, respects, and celebrates every person’s lived experience. VDH believes this diversity should exist across the breadth (functions) and depth (hierarchy) of the Department. VDH is committed to leading organizational change efforts that address avoidable inequities and injustices (both historical and contemporary), as we work towards the elimination of health and health care disparities. In concert with the Office of Health Equity Integration (OHEI), VDH utilizes a health equity approach to examine our internal structures, policies and procedures, including the distribution of power. VDH is committed to addressing the upstream contributors to health and health care disparities for individuals living in Vermont.

Wage or Salary
Salary range from 34.27/hour to 42.60/hour based on experience.