State of Vermont Department of Health - Deputy Commissioner for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs


  • Employment type:
    • Full-time
  • Location:
    • 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont
  • Immediate Supervisor:
    • Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD
  • Other:
    • This position is appointed by State of Vermont Governor Phil Scott

About the State of Vermont’s Department of Health:

  • Mission:   
    • Healthy Vermonters living in healthy communities.
  • Vision:     
    • Protect and promote the best health for all Vermonters.

Position Overview:

The Vermont Department of Health is seeking an experienced public health professional to lead the full continuum of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery programming across health and social service departments within state government.  This position leads the planning and overall direction for the Department’s alcohol and drug abuse programs and initiatives, and guides the Director of the Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs in implementation. 

The team is seeking a leader who is highly experienced and passionate about public health and understands how behavioral health is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Work is in a collaborative environment across state priority populations and includes working closely with State Departments such as Mental Health, Children and Families, Corrections and Vermont Health Access. 

This position will work with the Agency of Human Services leadership team to develop an overall Agency plan for addressing alcohol and drug prevention and treatment with various populations.  The position coordinates services with other divisions within the Vermont Department of Health at the many places where prevention and treatment touch other public health efforts.  The position may also oversee other health promotion and disease prevention programs such as tobacco cessation efforts, depending on individual experience.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a human services discipline.
  • Senior leadership experience in public health or related field.
  • Three - five years of progressively responsible experience in the management of alcohol and other drug programs within state or local government, with significant experience working with local/state leaders in developing plans and initiatives.
  • Significant knowledge of best practices in prevention, treatment and recovery programming.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A combination of training, education and experience that demonstrates the required qualifications are otherwise met may be considered.