Careers at UCS

Careers at UCS

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It’s time to be proud of the work you do.

Every position contributes to building a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives. Make an important difference while earning a living!

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UCS is the proud recipient of Vermont News and Media’s 2023 Readers Choice award for favorite Community Service Organization!


Generous Benefits

Building A Stronger Community. Building a Stronger You.

UCS understands that we are all different and that our employees value choice. UCS proudly offers 3 health insurance plan options. All three plans are with CBA Blue which utilize the Blue Cross Blue Shield network.

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Dental insurance available from North East Delta Dental. Vision insurance available from Vision Service Plan (VSP).


  • Year 1: 1.0 day per month (12 per year)
  • Year 2: 1.25 days per month (15 per year)
  • Year 3: 1.5 days per month (18 per year)
  • Year 4: 1.75 days per month (21 per year)*

*Senior Leadership Positions begin at the Year 4 level

Sick Leave

Ten days per year, earned up to a maximum of 75 days. Accrued sick days may be converted to personal days based on accrual amounts. Part-time, non-benefit eligible employees working an average of 18 hours or more per week earn up to 40 hours per year.

Group life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance are provided at no cost to the employee. The benefit is 1.5 times annual wages up to a maximum of $100,000 each* and is portable upon employment separation.

*Age-Based or other reductions apply as outlined in Plan document

Pre-tax Medical, Dependent Care and Insurance Premium Conversion benefits.

Access to licensed counselors for free, confidential services to assist employees and their household members in addressing work/life issues, challenges or bumps in the road that may affect their health, family life and/or work.

Employees have unlimited access to the robust library of Relias online learning system of over 400 professional courses. This platform contains countless seminars and trainings relevant to your field of work and beyond. All are available for free; many with continuing education units.

This valuable benefit allows you to make pre-tax contributions into a 403(b) retirement account through American Funds from Capital Group. Increasing employer match after 1 and 2 years of service. Employees are 100% vested upon participation.

Enjoy trainings such as CPR, CPI, Mental Health First Aid, and more as a UCS employee at no cost to you!

Eligible UCS employees may utilize Emergency Loans, Parental Leave and Leave Bank Programs.

Receive reimbursement for qualifying professional license fees.

Employees referring applicants hired will receive our thank you by way of a monetary payment as follows: $200 for part-time, $300 for full-time and $600 for those designated as hard-to-fill positions.

UCS’s award winning Worksite Wellness program provides employees opportunities to live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.

Various offerings, not to mention engaging company events such as the annual staff appreciation luncheon and picnic.

a. UCS employees may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program – UCS is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and all UCS employees may be eligible for this program.

b. Green Mountain Jobs and Retention Program – The State of Vermont is offering a $5,000 loan repayment program to incentivize and retain new graduates from Vermont colleges and universities. Any graduate during the spring 2023 academic year with a Bachelor’s degree can apply. More information and application at

c. Vermont Educational Loan program for Primary Care Practitioners – The State of Vermont is offering up to $20,000 of loan forgiveness yearly to psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatrists. More information at

d. Vermont Educational Loan Program for Nurses – The State of Vermont is offering up to $10,000 of loan forgiveness yearly to nurses (LPNs and RNs). More information at

e. Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program for Vermont’s early childhood educators – Provides up to $4,000 annually to reduce student debt of full-time educators who earned an early childhood related degree. More information at

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

As an additional benefit for our Rostered Clinicians, we provide the required 100 hours of clinical supervision toward licensure, free of charge. Based on the current hourly rate of clinical supervision and the number of hours required, this benefit is valued at approximately $10,000.

Employer paid benefit available to all employees who are members of the UCS medical insurance plans. Available to the employee, their spouse, dependents, parents, and parents-in-law for free. Navigating the healthcare system can be a challenge and Health Advocate offers a unique level of personalized support. Personal Health Advocates can help you get to the right care at the right time and resolve a wide range of issues. They can: support medical issues, form common to complex; answer questions about diagnoses and treatments; research the latest treatment options; coordinate services related to all aspects of you care; find the right in-network doctors and make appointments; coordinate second opinions and transfer medical records; research and locate elder care services; resolve insurance claims and medical billing issues. 

All UCS employees have access to Open Minds, “the most-trusted source of information in the health and human service market.” Open Minds provides resources, trainings, events, and a daily newsletter.

Moving to Vermont?

Out of State applicants may qualify for Vermont’s “New Relocating Worker Grant” incentive program. Certain UCS vacancies meet initial criteria.

Why UCS?

Main Street in Bennington Vermont during a summer sunset. The sun peaks through the trees as a deep orange glow. Green trees line the quaint street.

You’ll love Vermont

Southern Vermont is well known for its stunning natural beauty and quaint colonial towns. Bennington County has it all: hiking trails, local eateries, community events, and UCS of course. Whether we’re walking as we have a meeting or snowshoeing after work, UCS employees know they live in the best state.

People love working here

Enjoy the camaraderie, team building and sense of community that our supportive work environments foster.

UCS employees participating in the Bennington Pride parade on Main Street in Bennington, VT holding a banner that says "Happy pride from UCS"

All Are Welcome Here

We respect WOMENMEN and NON-BINARY people. We value BLACK LIVES. We stand with our LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY MEMBERS. We celebrate CHILDREN. We stand with IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, with INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, and PEOPLES OF ALL FAITHS. We support INDIVIDUALS and FAMILIES challenged by mental health, substance use and developmental disabilities.


We’re Building a Stronger Community

Ready to join almost 300 employees in building a stronger community? We thought you might be. We are here to help you, so please reach out to us!

Should you have any questions please contact Human Resources:

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Be A Part of Something Greater

United Counseling Service is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to comply with all applicable federal and state laws related to fair employment practices, and to the extent required by law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital/civil union status, national origin, citizenship, place of birth, military/veteran status, disability, genetic information, having a positive test result on an HIV related blood test, crime victim status (as defined by Vermont State law) or other legally protected status. 

If you require a religious, disability or pregnancy related accommodation in order to complete our application, interview, or otherwise participate in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiry to the Human Resources office at 802-445-7300. Thank you.

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UCS History

65 Years In The Making

From the beginning, UCS staff have been building a stronger community. Learn more about the history you could be a part of.