Why Join the Vermont CARES Team?

  • Make a Tangible Impact: At Vermont CARES, every team member plays a crucial role in making a difference in the lives of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and people who use drugs. Your work directly contributes to improving health outcomes and is life saving for countless Vermonters.
  • Passionate Community: Join a group of dedicated professionals and people with lived and living experience who share a common mission. The camaraderie and mutual support within the Vermont CARES team are unparalleled, fostering a positive and compassionate work environment.
  • Continuous Learning: Vermont CARES is committed to the professional growth of its team members. Benefit from regular training sessions, workshops, and opportunities to attend conferences, ensuring you stay at the forefront of HIV care and Harm Reduction knowledge.
  • Innovative Approach: Be a part of an organization that is always looking for better ways to serve the community. Vermont CARES is known for its innovative programs and approaches, ensuring that the services provided are effective and relevant.
  • Diverse Roles: Whether you have experience in this work or not there is opportunity here. We welcome lived and living experience to our team. Maybe your background is in healthcare, community engagement, advocacy, or administration, Vermont CARES offers a range of roles that cater to various skills and passions.
  • Work-Life Balance: Vermont CARES understands the importance of a balanced life. Enjoy comprehensive benefits, generous paid time off and the satisfaction of knowing your work directly contributes to a greater cause.
  • Beautiful Vermont Setting: Experience the beauty and serenity of Vermont. Working in such a picturesque environment can be a daily source of inspiration and rejuvenation.
  • Be a Voice for Change: Vermont CARES is not just about direct services; it’s also about advocacy. Play a role in shaping policies and public perceptions related to HIV/AIDS and Drug Use ensuring a more inclusive and informed society free of discrimination and harmful stigma.
  • Growth Opportunities: As a dynamic organization, Vermont CARES frequently presents opportunities for career advancement. As the organization grows and evolves, so can your role within it.
  • Fulfilling Work: At the end of the day, the work at Vermont CARES is deeply fulfilling. Knowing that you are part of an organization that directly improves lives offers a sense of purpose that few other jobs can match.

We are currently hiring!

Syringe Service Program-Direct Service Provider (St Johnsbury)

We are seeking someone with a desire to work with people who use drugs. This is a long-standing public health program which addresses HIV and Hep C, opioid overdose, and safer drug use. The ideal candidate must embody compassion, understanding and acceptance for people who use drugs. This role serves participants in the office and at times through mobile services.

Because of this role’s independent nature, someone who can work consistently in the office 9-5, M-F, will be more apt to succeed. This is not a remote or hybrid position. The successful candidate will have a working understanding of harm reduction philosophy, and the ability apply these basic principles to build trust with people from diverse backgrounds and
communities. We are looking for someone who is approachable and down to earth in their communication style, easy to talk with and welcoming in nature. It is a huge plus for this person to be comfortable with smart phone technology, computer savvy and have an openness to learn new digital systems.

Reliable transportation required. Full time position (37.5 hours) based in Saint Johnsbury with great benefits (health, dental, vision, generous CTO, mileage reimbursement).
Salary $35,000-$37,000

Syringe Service Program Manager (Statewide)

Competitive Compensation, Full time, Exempt

This pivotal role is at the forefront of our harm reduction efforts across the state. The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to fostering a non-judgmental environment, ensuring access to compassionate care and harm reduction supplies, and connecting participants with essential health and social services. Join us in making a difference in Vermont’s communities by championing a program that values dignity, health, and human rights for people who use drugs.  

The Syringe Service Program Manager works collaboratively with program staff and senior leadership to provide program management for the Syringe Service Program and reports to the Executive Director.  

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Manage all aspects of the Syringe Service Program, including day-to-day operations, staffing sites, mobile app etc. 
  • Train, supervise and evaluate SSP staff and volunteers.  
  • Ensure staff prioritize participants’ voices/input in the design, implementation and evaluation of the programs that serve them.  
  • Support site coordinator/s with inventory needs for fixed and mobile supplies, including ordering of new supplies as needs evolve. 
  • Engage with community-based organizations to build collaborations and partnerships.  
  • Ensure consistent and extensive peer outreach activities are a part of the SSP by working closely with the Manager of Outreach Services.  
  • Facilitate regular SSP team meetings monthly to support effective team building. 
  • Identify service gaps, barriers to care and program successes and report back to senior leadership regularly. 
  • Work collaboratively with staff to ensure grant compliance and deliverables are met and accurately report on and complete required grant reporting.  
  • Provide direct service as needed for the Syringe Service Program. 
  • Attend community meetings and support regional staff in participating in those meetings.   
  • Provide harm reduction and overdose prevention training as needed.  
  • Represent the agency and the program at community events as requested through tabling or other engagements as needed.  
  • Other special projects as needed. 

Recommended Qualifications:  

  • Experience working at a Syringe Service Program or other harm reduction work experience. 
  • Minimum 2 yrs. supervisory and team building experience.  
  • Grant management and reporting experience. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills. 
  • Computer proficiency in MS 365, Word, and Excel. 
  • Valid driver’s license and access to regular, reliable transportation. 
  • Lived or living experience preferred. 


If you are interested in working with us please send your resume to our Director of Operations and Services, melissa@vtcares and let us know about the role(s) that may fit you best. And bookmark this page for openings in the future!