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September 13, 2019

The Vermont Commission on Women has an opportunity for you to combine your passion for equity and your expertise in data to help make our state a more equitable place for all. The VCW Data Management Coordinator will work independently and collaboratively to collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate quantitative and qualitative data relating to women’s well-being in Vermont. 

The Data Management Coordinator will collaborate with a wide range of partners and consult a variety of sources to collect and analyze data disaggregated by gender. Partners and sources may include State of Vermont agencies, departments, and programs; the Executive Director of Racial Equity; nonprofit, business, educational, and other groups in Vermont; the US Census and American Community Survey, and other federal agencies. They will identify key points and relationships in the data, identify topics for further research, and assist with building systems for ongoing reporting of data related to women’s well-being in Vermont. They will communicate the results of data analysis in a variety of forms, to a variety of audiences, including the general public, and will contribute to the Change the Story VT partnership’s work improving economic security for Vermont women. 

This is a temporary, part-time position. The work schedule will be approximately 12 hours weekly. Some flexibility may be available for establishing the daily work schedule. 

Specific duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate data relating to women’s well-being in Vermont.
  • Interpret quantitative and qualitative data, identifying key points and relationships.
  • Collaborate with State agencies, departments, and programs to collect and analyze data disaggregated by gender. Examples of such data may include that relating to workforce development, economic development, economic and labor market information, education, social benefit programs such as Reach Up and the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, health care, women and minority-owned businesses and state contracting procedures, and others. Collaborate with a broad array of partners to compile data regarding the experiences of women of all backgrounds in Vermont. Collaborate with nonprofit, business, educational, and other groups in Vermont to collect and analyze data.
  • Collect data from sources such as the US Census and American Community Survey, US Department of Labor, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Vermont Department of Labor.
  • Assist with building systems for ongoing reporting of data related to women’s well-being in Vermont.
  • Research and compile data relating to various aspects of women’s leadership, including political, business, and occupational. 
  • Analyze and interpret statewide survey results, including a significant body of qualitative responses.
  • Identify topics for additional research.
  • Communicate the results of data analysis in a variety of forms, including written narratives; tables, graphs, or other data visualizations; and present materials, reports, and briefs to a wide variety of audiences, including the general public, employers, and policymakers.

Who May Apply

This position, (Job Requisition # 2418), is open to all State employees and external applicants. If you would like more information about this position, please contact Cary.Brown@vermont.gov. Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting. Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.
You must apply online to be considered.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree INCLUDING six 6 college credits in statistics, research or qualitative analysis. OR Associate's degree INCLUDING six 6 college credits in statistics, research or qualitative analysis AND two 2 years or more of experience gathering data from various sources and using software applications to retrieve, edit, or tabulate data into forms or reports. OR Six 6 college credits in statistics, research or qualitative analysis AND four 4 years or more of experience gathering data from various sources and using software applications to retrieve, edit, or tabulate data into forms or reports.
 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Deep commitment to the mission of the Vermont Commission on Women, a passion for social justice, and a desire to build systems that create equity for all
  • Exceptional analytical capabilities with both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Experience analyzing large datasets with high accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to use data effectively in the conceptualization of both short- and long-term objectives
  • Adept and confident in communicating complex data-driven analysis and recommendations, including complicated and/or technical information, to non-technical audiences with clarity and ease
  • Comfortable working directly with a variety of partners, including State agencies, legislators, nonprofit groups, and the public
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office suite
  • Stellar communication skills, both written and oral, online and in person, with a range of audiences 
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work independently and as part of a highly collaborative team, and a strong ability to multitask and prioritize
  • Highly resourceful, with strong problem-solving skills
  • Strategic thinker, with the ability to think critically about issues and solutions
  • Positivity, optimism, and a solutions-oriented mindset

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.

Apply by September 25thhttps://careers.vermont.gov/job/Montpelier-Research-&-Statistics-Analyst-Temporary-VT-05601/587116700/

 

September 10, 2019

(Montpelier) – Governor Phil Scott has appointed Nancy Brooks of St. Albans to serve on the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the state’s non-partisan commission working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Ms. Brooks is a graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and completed specialized training in Champlain College’s Digital Editing program.   Her career has included leadership positions in both public service and in the private sector.

She served as Chief of Staff to then Lt. Governor Scott, and later, as the Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Vermont. In this position, she advised departments and agencies on marketing strategies and messaging, as well as improving the state vendor bidding process.   She’s served as Marketing Director, and as writer and editor, for various organizations in the retail, technology and education sectors, and is currently an independent marketing consultant.

Ms. Brooks served on the Berlin Selectboard and as Wheels for Warmth volunteer.  She lives in St. Albans with her family.
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The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency working to advance rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from organizations concerned with women's issues guide VCW's public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.

Contact: Lilly Talbert, VCW Staff | 802-828-2841
Note: Photos of Ms. Brooks and other VCW Commissioners can be found here.

July 18, 2019

(Montpelier) – The Senate Committee on Committees has appointed Erica Hare of Berlin to serve a four-year term on the Vermont Commission on Women.

Ms. Hare is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Stern School of Business at New York University. A dedicated nonprofit leader, Ms. Hare spent her early career managing financial and administrative operations at several Academic Medical Centers in her native New York City.

Upon moving to Vermont, she worked at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier for 10 years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2019 Ms. Hare joined the Institute of Professional Practice, a $75M multistate human services agency headquartered in Berlin, as the Chief Financial Officer.

Ms. Hare co-founded the central Vermont professional women's network, ElevateHer in 2018. When she is not working, Ms. Hare enjoys spending her time exploring the many outdoor wonders of Vermont with her family and the myriad animals who share their land and home.

June 27, 2019

(Via Attorney General's Office)

Attorney General T.J. Donovan released a video guidance today aimed at assisting Vermont employers in understanding workplace sexual harassment laws.  The video, entitled Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, provides businesses with an overview of Vermont’s current workplace sexual harassment laws and summarizes employers’ obligations under the law.  A complete copy of the video can be found here: https://youtu.be/smi28L751Es.

A joint project between the Attorney General’s Small Business Initiative and Civil Rights Unit, this video is part of Attorney General Donovan’s ongoing efforts to be responsive to the needs of employers in Vermont. 

“This is about working collaboratively with small businesses so that they can understand their obligations and rights when it comes to workplace sexual harassment,” said Attorney General Donovan.  “It’s about creating a culture of compliance and maintaining safe and healthy work environments.” 

Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, stated, “far too many people in Vermont feel they are facing the untenable choice of putting up with sexual harassment at work, or leaving their job. This tool can help both employers and workers know their rights, understand the law, and create a workplace where all are respected.”

Produced with assistance from WCAX TV, the video contains a roundtable discussion moderated by Tabitha Pohl-Moore, President of the Rutland Area Branch of the NAACP, and features Cary Brown, Executive Director of the Vermont Commission on Women, as well as Shirley Jefferson, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law School.  The video defines workplace sexual harassment, explains Vermont employers’ obligations to appropriately respond to claims of sexual harassment, and provides links to resources such as the Vermont Department of Labor’s model sexual harassment policy.

Comments or questions about Vermont’s sexual harassment laws should be directed to the Vermont Office of the Attorney General, Civil Rights Unit, ago.civilrights@vermont.gov, (888) 745-9195 (toll free in Vermont), or (802) 828-3657. 

For additional resources for small businesses in Vermont, please contact the Vermont Office of the Attorney General Small Business Initiative at (800) 649-2424 or visit www.uvm.edu/consumer/businesses.

June 14, 2019

Montpelier, VT - Lisa Senecal of Stowe is now Chair of the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), an independent non-partisan state government commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls.

Ms. Senecal, elected unanimously, takes the helm from Marcia Merrill of Jericho.  Ms. Merrill steps down after ten years, leading the only entity in Vermont expressly considering broad implications of state policy and budget priorities for women in our state.  

"Like the women’s movement, VCW has evolved over our 55-year history in response to current issues,"  said VCW's director Cary Brown. "Our Chair helps to guide and steer this process, and we’ve been blessed with gifted leaders, like Marcia and Lisa, who volunteer hundreds of hours of their time in service to women of Vermont.  We celebrate and thank Marcia for her service to the women of Vermont and we welcome Lisa to this position."

Ms. Senecal is a founding partner in The Maren Group, a consultancy that works with businesses, investors, and campaigns to identify and remedy business and cultural practices that increase risk of sexual harassment and other forms of gender discrimination. An experienced entrepreneur with a background in media relations and marketing, her successful ventures include an award-winning children's entertainment company and a New Media consultancy. She has consulted and provided media relations and new media strategy for dozens of companies and organizations; gubernatorial and US Senatorial campaigns; and statewide policy initiatives.

She developed her voice as a women's advocate as a civilian student at Norwich University, from which she graduated cum laude. As one of a handful of women in each class, she developed perspectives invaluable both personally and professionally. Commissioner Senecal writes and speaks with an emphasis on issues of equity, equality, opportunity, and safety for women. Her perspectives and writing appear in a range of media, from NPR's Morning Edition and PBS News Hour, to The Daily Beast, the New York Daily News, and USA Today; she also writes a monthly column for her local newspaper, The Stowe Reporter. In addition to serving as Chair of VCW, she is on the Board of Trustees for the Stowe Education Fund and The Clarina Howard Nichols Center.

Reflecting on her new leadership role, Ms. Senecal said, "The honor of being appointed to the VCW by Governor Scott might only be surpassed by being elected Chair of the Commission by my fellow commissioners. Their faith in me is greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to working closely with the outstanding staff of the Commission and my fellow commissioners to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls in Vermont - which happens to be what's best for our overall economy and Vermonters of all genders."

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