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BERLIN, Vt. Vermont Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve announces the launch of their formal search for the next Vermont ESGR State Chair.

The State Chair is an official Department of Defense volunteer position with a three-year term of service. State Chairs are required to take an oath of office and report to the ESGR Executive Director. The Vermont State Chair’s role is to provide the leadership and vision for a team of dedicated volunteers throughout Vermont to carry out the ESGR mission. 

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR carries out its mission through its headquarters staff and nearly 3,500 volunteers across 54 State Committees who conduct proactive outreach to Service members and employers to make them aware of their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); provide no-cost, neutral mediation to Service members and their employers when issues arise; and manage a robust Employer Awards program to recognize the critical role supportive employers have in enhancing retention rates in the Reserve Component (RC).

Vermont ESGR enjoys a moderate but meaningful events calendar, while undertaking critical employer and military outreach activities. The Chair translates direction from ESGR headquarters into a Vermont message, best suited to our demographics and our many close relationships with the Vermont National Guard, the Reserve forces located throughout the State, the Vermont Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Vermont National Guard Family Programs, and employers and Human Resources Professionals around the state. The Vermont Committee is seeking to increase volunteer recruitment and expand volunteer reach to the four corners of the state. A candidate should expect to dedicate an average of 6-8 hours a week in fulfilling their ESGR role.

The Vermont Committee seeks an engaging leader, dedicated to the mission of supporting Vermont’s citizen warriors and their employers. In addition, candidates should possess a demonstrated record of leadership; a network of employer and association contacts; knowledge of the military, specifically the National Guard and Reserve; the ability to develop a strategic plan and allocate resources to implement it; and experience recruiting, developing and retaining volunteers.

Proven leaders, who are interested and meet qualifying skills for the Vermont ESGR State Chair position, are encouraged to submit a nomination.  To be considered for selection, each interested candidate should submit a nomination package, to include the following items:

1.     Biographical summary or resume

2.     A letter stating his/her reason(s) for interest in serving, and thoughts and plans for leading the Vermont ESGR state committee

3.     Other supporting materials, as appropriate (recommendations, photos, etc.)

Nomination packages must be submitted no later than September 1, 2020.  They can be submitted via email to Linda Fowler, Volunteer Support Technician, VT ESGR, at, and in hard copy by U.S. mail to: Campbell Armory, 363 Fisher Road, Berlin, VT 05602.  Questions about the process or position may be referred by phone to Ms. Fowler at 802-338-4187 or by email at the address noted above.

Vermont ESGR seeks to support inclusion and diversity at its fullest level and will consider any and all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy or related condition, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic. Prior service in the military is not required, but may facilitate understanding of the role and the ESGR program.

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