The Vermont Department of Health Laboratory (VDHL) performs testing to monitor Vermont’s population and environment for threats to public health in a state-of-the-art facility. Our mission is to be the most innovative, quality-focused, customer-oriented Public Health Laboratory in the United States. When there is a threat, such as a novel strain of disease, a natural disaster, a chemical spill or a foodborne outbreak, the laboratory is prepared to respond.
The Vermont Department of Public Health is currently recruiting for a full-time Public Health Laboratory Director who plans, organizes and directs the Vermont Public Health laboratory, a high complexity Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CLIA-approved, National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) certified and ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The Vermont Public Health laboratory also has the only biosafety level three (BSL-3) laboratory in the state that is approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Select Agent Program.
This position involves high-level scientific program planning and development; preparing, justifying and managing program budgets; and effective use of financial, technological and human resources. Work includes providing laboratory support to clinical and environmental health programs and projects; implementing policies and procedures to comply with federal and state laws and regulations; and clinical and technical consultations in the interpretation of laboratory results and disease diagnosis. This position oversees a large technical staff of approximately 40 people and must be available to serve in the event of a public health threat or disruption in laboratory operations.
Ph.D. in a chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science AND Lab Director Certification from a CLIA-approved Board
About Vermont Department of Health
Public Health in Vermont
Our many programs and initiatives help Vermonters live fuller, healthier lives from birth through old age.
We focus on prevention, one of the best investments that can be made in health. We promote healthy behaviors such as eating a healthy diet, having regular physical activity, and not smoking or abusing alcohol or other drugs.
We work to improve access to health services such as immunizations, mammograms, HIV/AIDS testing and care, and prenatal care. We investigate disease outbreaks and take action to control the spread of illness.
We license physicians and hospitals, emergency medical personnel and services, inspect food and lodging establishments, and enforce health regulations. We prepare for and respond to public health threats and emergencies.
We continually track and report on the health status of Vermonters, health risks and behaviors, and progress toward meeting Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals. We empower Vermonters with current, correct and credible information to stay safe and healthy.
And it is our calling in public health to focus on avoidable inequalities, especially for those people who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage and social injustice.