State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Vermont Legal Aid seeks a director for its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project and to serve as the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman (SLTCO). 

The SLTCO supervises a staff of six ombudsmen located in Legal Aid offices throughout the state. The SLTCO provides support to the local ombudsmen on a wide range of legal issues including guardianship, public health care programs, and the rights of persons receiving long-term care services in Vermont. Pursuant to its statutory mandate, the SLTCO will analyze, comment on, and monitor the development and implementation of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and other government policies and actions that pertain to long-term care facilities and services and to the health, safety, welfare, and rights of residents, and to recommend any changes in such laws, regulations, and policies.

We are committed to building a diverse, social justice-oriented staff, and encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination and harassment-free workplace.

Applicants should have at least five years of legal experience and demonstrated expertise in long-term care services and supports or other direct services for older persons or persons with disabilities; consumer-oriented public policy advocacy; leadership, supervision, and program management skills; and negotiation and problem-solving skills. The SLTCO must have the organizational skills, commitment to social justice, and temperament needed to balance direct supervision of the local ombudsmen with the demands of playing a leading role in advocating for systemic change in Vermont’s long-term care system before the legislature and administrative agencies.

The position can be based in any of the 5 VLA offices and requires travel throughout the state. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team are required. 

Starting salary is $70,000+ D.O.E. and excellent fringe benefits.  Send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample as a single PDF with the subject line “SLTCO Application 2022” to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director c/o, no later than January 28, 2022.  

Job Description

Application Submission Instructions: 

Your application should include the following four components, in order, sent as a single PDF.  The PDF document should be entitled “YourLastName YourFirstName.pdf”.  Applications must be emailed to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director, c/o with the subject line “SLTCO Application 2022."



Application Components:

1. Cover Letter

Your cover letter should address how you believe your knowledge, training and experience prepare you for success in this position.  

2. A Current Resume

3. References

Please provide the phone numbers and email addresses of three academic or professional references.  

4. Writing Sample 

Please provide a sample of expository writing. While there is no page limit, excerpts of long briefs or articles are sufficient.