About Vermont Birth to Five:
Vermont Birth to Five (VB5) works to increase the availability and sustainability of high-quality child care
and early learning programs for Vermont kids. VB5 is an initiative of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s
Children, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure that every Vermont family has affordable
access to high-quality child care by 2025. In addition to VB5, the Permanent Fund includes Let’s Grow
Kids, a citizen advocacy movement for high-quality, affordable child care. Since its founding in 2000, the
Permanent Fund’s approach to change has been entrepreneurial, strategic and collaborative across
sectors and stakeholders to ensure a solution that’s sustainable, holistic and inclusive of all of Vermont’s
youngest children. The Permanent Fund’s culture is dynamic, collaborative and fast-paced and is made
up of staff diverse in age, expertise and location in Vermont.
Position Overview:
The Community and Program Support Specialist works closely with VB5 leadership, local communities,
state leaders and early childhood educators to support the development and implementation of
strategies to increase and ensure access to high-quality early childhood programs across Vermont.
Primary responsibilities include:
 Work closely with VB5 leadership, identify and promote strategies to increase access to high-quality
early care and learning programs in assigned communities; this includes convening meetings,
delivering presentations and engaging key community leaders around VB5 programs and strategies
 Provide professional leadership and direction to local Starting Points Networks and other early
childhood education networks to increase member engagement, develop resources, monitor grant-
funded activity and implement strategies that promote quality and sustainability of early care and
learning providers
 Provide mentoring, coaching and technical assistance to early care and learning professionals and
programs across home-, center- and public school-settings related to program quality, business
planning, program budgeting, prekindergarten partnership and the start up or expansion of early care
and learning programs
 Promote and support Shared Services as a strategy to support quality and viability of early care and
learning, including the use of SharedServicesVT.org and the development of Shared Services
networks in communities
 Perform activities related to early care and learning workforce development and recruitment as
needed in specific communities; activities may include connecting early educators to professional
development resources, outreach to high school technical centers and participation on committees
with a focus on early childhood workforce development
 Align and coordinate efforts of Permanent Fund Family staff (including the Let’s Grow Kids field
team) and important community leaders and groups (including but not limited to Building Bright

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Futures Regional Councils, CCV, public schools and business groups) to achieve the Permanent
Fund mission.
Position Requirements and Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader in early care and learning in Vermont who has:
 Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field of study, with a minimum of 30
credits in ECE
 At least 5 years of experience in the field of early care and learning
 Proven ability to establish and maintain working relationships with coworkers, community leaders
and early care and learning professionals
 Experience providing individual/group support to early care and learning professionals to promote
high-quality and financially-viable programs
 Knowledge about best program practices across early care and learning centers (homes, centers
and public)
 Ability to support/advise programs interested in participating in publicly funded prekindergarten
(Act 166)
 Knowledge about and experience with Vermont’s early care and learning systems, including state
and community resources
 Knowledge of simple grant writing and reporting
Persons in this position will also be able to:
 Communicate intelligently and effectively via speech, telephone, written correspondence and/or
 Think creatively and solve problems
 Foster positive group dynamics and collaboration
 Work nimbly and flexibly in a fast-paced environment
 Use and access technology skillfully
 Work independently within a timeline and produce deliverables in a timely manner
 Access reliable, personal transportation and travel for work
Location: VB5’s office is at the Permanent Fund headquarters in Burlington’s South End. While this
position will primarily work with communities located in southern Vermont (Rutland, Bennington and
Windham counties as well as the Hartford/White River Junction region) and be based from a home office,
regular travel to the Burlington office and meetings throughout the state are expected.
Compensation: Competitive salary plus benefits package that includes paid family leave and
contribution to child care costs.
Position Type: Positions will be between 30 and 40 hours per week; specific hours will be determined
during the hiring process based on mutual agreement.
To Apply: Please send updated résumé and an email describing your interest in the role to Sharron
Harrington (sharron@vermontbirthtofive.org) by August 13, 2018. Interviews will take place on August
22, 2018.
The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions
are based on merit and business needs, and not on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sex,
age, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, place of birth, citizenship,

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military or veteran status, HIV status, genetic information, disability or any other legally protected status
as defined and require by state and federal laws.

Job Details

  • Position Type: Program
  • Location: Vermont (statewide)
  • Employment Type/ Status: Unknown / Not Applicable