Job: Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Services Director

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Title: Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Services Director
Application Deadline Date: 10/17/2019
Req ID: 2916
Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living
Location: Waterbury, VT, US
Position Type: Permanent
Schedule Type: Full Time
Hourly Rate: $27.90

Overview
Do you understand the differing needs, issues, and attitudes among the Culturally Deaf, the Hard of Hearing, and the DeafBlind Communities? Do you like the idea of representing these communities and working to coordinate the best possible services within our current system? Are you proficient in ASL? If you said yes to all of these questions, you might be a great fit for our new position as the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Services Director. Much of this role will be acting as a liaison between these communities, state agencies, service providers, and the Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Advisory Council.

As the Services Director, you will identify service gaps and advise on program development to meet identified gaps. This will involve coordinating with the Agency of Education, Vermont Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation. The position acts as a single point of contact for information, resources, and links to available services. The Services Director will also provide Vermonters with the latest information on equipment, accommodations, employment issues, education, resources as well as legislation and policies.

At the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, our goal is make Vermont the best state in which to grow old or to live with a disability – with dignity, respect, and independence.

Duties of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind Services Director will include:

• Study Vermont’s Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind population to identify unresolved issues, incidence rates, and other factors to develop databases and reports to reflect such information
• Establish contact with advocacy groups and associations for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind
• Coordinate the Vermont Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Advisory Council, working closely with the Chair and Vice Chair to set agendas and organize the work of the Council
• Act as consultant and problem solver regarding services for individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind
• Educate AHS staff on issues related to access and service options
• Encourage the incorporation of best practice into AHS service delivery
• Assist AHS managers and policy makers with the development of new or revised policies

Who May Apply
This position, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Services Director (Job Requisition #2916), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact Liz.Perreault@vermont.gov
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
Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting. Significant travel throughout the State may be required, for which private means of transportation must be available. Some work outside of normal office hours may be required.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in a human services field AND three (3) years of experience in a program which provides direct services to persons with hearing-related disabilities, including or supplemented by at least two years with responsibility for administration of a major program.

OR

Bachelor’s degree in a human services field AND five (5) years of experience in a program which provides direct services to persons with hearing-related disabilities, including or supplemented by at least two years with responsibility for administration of a major program.

Special Requirements
Must be proficient in English and American Sign Language.

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
• Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
• Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
• Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
• Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
• Low cost group life insurance
• Tuition Reimbursement
• Incentive-based Wellness Program
• Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

AHS Affirmative Recruitment
The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity. We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

https://careers.vermont.gov/job/Waterbury-Deaf%2C-Hard-of-Hearing%2C-and-DeafBlind-Services-Director-VT-05671/595552300/