Careers at UCS

Careers at UCS

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Are you ready to make a difference?

Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced professional, we offer rewarding career opportunities that match your skills, experience, and lifestyle. Our positions include full-time, part-time, temporary, and substitute employment, as well as contracted and internship opportunities. Many programs operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so “non-traditional” work schedules are available. In addition to direct service jobs, we offer numerous administrative positions. See our career opportunities at this link.

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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 three health insurance plan options. All three plans are with CBA Blue, which utilizes the Blue Cross Blue Shield network.

Dental insurance is available from Northeast Delta Dental. Vision insurance is 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.

The Employee Assistance Program provides 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 the 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 and many offer 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 one and two years of service. Employees are 100% vested upon participation.

Enjoy trainings such as Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), 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’ award winning Worksite Wellness program provides employees opportunities to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.

Corporate discounts include a cell phone plan through Firstnet, membership in the Southern Vermont Chamber of Commerce and access to Open Minds, the most-trusted source of information in the health and human service market. UCS hosts engaging company events such as the annual staff appreciation luncheon and picnic.

a. UCS employees may be eligible for the 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 offers 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 offers 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.

Health Advocate is an employer-paid benefit available to all employees who are members of the UCS medical insurance plans. It is 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 from common to complex, answer questions about diagnoses and treatments, research the latest treatment options, coordinate services related to all aspects of your care, find the right in-network doctors and make appointments, coordinate second opinions and transfer medical records, research and locate elder care services, and 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.

Why UCS?

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Each year, we recognize staff at our Staff Recognition Luncheon for their hard work and the difference they make every day in our community. See last year’s award winners in the 2022-2023 annual report.

“I’m shaping their ideas of what school is. I want them to have in their minds that school is a place where they are cherished, where they are learners, and where they are teachers as well.”

Tammy, Head Start/Early Head Start Teacher

Tammy is the winner of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC)’s 2023 Early Childhood Educator of the Year award.

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 “I try to understand a person and adjust my approach and care plan specific to them.”

Rachel, RN BSN, Nurse Consultant, Psychiatric Medical Team

I used to think I wanted to work with littles. Then I realized I preferred to work with teenagers. I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t started this job.

Taylor, Youth in Transition Case Manager
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Ready to join us in building a stronger community?

We believe a dynamic and inclusive workforce will strengthen our organization and enhance the services we provide. Therefore, it is our goal to hire a diverse workforce and cultivate a culture where our employees feel accepted and included, hold a valued place within our organization and are equally able to contribute to their fullest extent, assisting in fulfilling our mission of building a stronger community.

Please contact Human Resources with any questions:

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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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Come to 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.

Learn about Vermont’s relocation incentives at this link.

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Ready to join our team?