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HowardCenter's Mission:

To improve the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.

HowardCenter is the largest non-profit community mental health provider in New England. We are the 11th largest employer in Vermont employing over 1,200 staff working in 65 different locations. 2013 will mark 140 years of providing exceptional service to people living in Chittenden County.

Who We Are

We offer life-saving professional crisis and counseling services to children and adults; supportive services to individuals with autism and developmental disabilities who need help with education, employment, and life maintenance skills; counseling and medical services for those struggling with substance abuse, and intensive interventions for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. HowardCenter was founded in 1873 and serves more than 15,000 individuals and families every year.

HowardCenter Child, Youth, and Family Services provides an extensive array of services in numerous settings throughout the community. The specific type, location, and extent of services is determined by the individual needs of children and families.

HowardCenter Developmental Services provides support to individuals with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. We offer a wide range of resources and programs for individuals to access their community, build social connections, maintain employment, and live as independently as possible.

We strongly believe that communities are enriched when individuals with disabilities are given opportunities for inclusion, independence, and self-determination. These principles are embedded in all of the programs provided at HowardCenter, Developmental Services.

HowardCenter provides a broad range of quality services and supports to community members who are experiencing the effects of acute or severe emotional distress, including mental illness. All of our services are tailored to a client's individual needs.

Our Substance Abuse Services provide a broad range of quality programs and supports to adolescents and adults who are experiencing the negative effects of the abuse of alcohol or other drugs.


What Our Employees Are Saying...

I have been employed by HowardCenter since 2001. I enjoy so many things about my HowardCenter career thus far, particularly how nurtured I am in my position. Consistent supervision, a flexible work schedule, random acts of kindness and an array of benefits all contribute to my job satisfaction. I especially appreciate periodic surveys/forums asking for my input into agency success. I feel confident knowing I work for HowardCenter and HowardCenter works for me.

– CYFS Specialist

My job is always engaging and challenging. Best of all, I work with a supportive team, dedicated to HowardCenter’s mission. It’s that commitment to helping people in our community that makes it easy to come to work every day.

–AS Operations Specialist

I enjoy the people that I work with. I work with Mental Health clients, and I enjoy them and the community interaction. You feel like you are making a difference - it’s a good feeling.

– MHSAS Residential



Employee Benefits

  • Medical, dental & vision insurance
  • Long-term and short-term disability
  • 401K
  • Paid vacation & holidays
  • 36 days paid time off the first year of employment
  • Legal assistance
  • Wellness programs
  • Paid ongoing training
  • Growth & advancement opportunities
  • Many discounts with business partners such as gym memberships and auto repairs, to name just two
  • Excellent compensation with the opportunity part-time to full-time work
  • Perks: the dress code (varies from casual to professional), a flexible work schedule and opportunites to gain additional clincial experience


Working Here

We are delighted that you are interested in employment at HowardCenter! We are an organization that thrives because of the passion and commitment of our staff. The work we do is vital to our clients and it simply cannot be done without the energy and enthusiasm employees bring to work every day.

We work in a fast-paced, light-hearted, and adaptable environment where creativity and innovation are valued and encouraged. Team support and opportunities for professional advancement are the mainstays of HowardCenter.




Our Commitment to Diversity

  • HowardCenter recognizes that a diverse and talented workforce is a key competitive advantage. Our success reflects the quality and skill of our people.
  • We believe that the wide array of perspectives that results from a diversity and inclusion focus promotes innovation and success.
  • We are committed to employing talented people and supporting them to achieve their highest potential.

Community Involvement


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Whether you represent a school district, a police department, a healthcare provider, a parents’ group, or a downtown business, we are here to listen and respond to your ideas. We welcome the opportunity to forge partnerships with area organizations to develop programs and services which benefit our community.

HowardCenter partners with more than 70 local and state organizations to provide the best possible services to children, adults, families, and communities in our area. Our resources, and those of our community partners, go further when we work together. We respond to community needs when service gaps are identified. Recent examples are the expansion of the Chittenden Clinic for individuals addicted to opiods and the addition of the Fay Honey Knopp School in Rutland, a specialized independent school serving youth in residential treatment. Our work with the United Way of Chittenden County has also led to many valuable community partnerships.

Facts about Burlington:

  • Situated on Lake Champlain, with excellent school systems, parks, nearby ski resorts and a small-city feel
  • Routinely on the “best places in the country to raise children” lists
  • As of 2013, VT had the lowest unemployment rate in the nation (3.1)
  • The ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s was founded here in 1978
  • The healthiest city in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control
  • Named one of the top four “places to watch” and an ideal place for older residents, according to AARP
  • Ranked 2nd out of 100 for “greenest driving”


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208 Flynn Ave
Burlington, Vermont  05401
Phone: 802-488-6950
Fax: 802-488-6951
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Industries: Human Services
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