SEEKING Woodside Due Process Hearing Officer

27 June 2019

Location: Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, Vermont
Compensation:  Base rate subject to negotiation
Schedule:  Part-time / Tuesday and Friday mornings, occasional other mornings
Initial term: Two-year contract with the option for two additional one-year extensions


All children/youth administratively placed at the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center are entitled to a hearing to determine whether they meet the criteria for continued placement once they have been there for 8 days (including weekends and holidays). An 8-day hearing must be held to keep a child/youth at Woodside beyond these 8 days. A child/youth admitted on any day of the week will reach their eighth day on the same day the following week.


DCF’s Family Services Division is seeking a contractor to preside as the Hearing Officer at these reviews. The Contractor agrees to work under the supervision of the Program Manager and provide the following deliverables:

  1. Be available on Tuesday and Friday mornings of every week (unless an exception is mutually agreed to) and paid for this availability.
  2. Be physically present at Woodside for early morning hearings twice a week.
  3. Conduct administrative Woodside placement hearings in accordance with State Policies, including FSD Policy 171:Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Admissions which can be found at This includes:
    • Making pre-hearing decisions about timeliness of submitted documents and waivers for attendance.
    • Presiding over the hearings.
    • Reviewing the Woodside 8-Day Hearing Tool to make a determination about continued placement.
    • Setting a date for discharge if applicable.


  • Experience acting as a hearing officer in an administrative or judicial setting.
  • Experience in the past five years providing services to abused, neglected, delinquent or at-risk youth.
  • Experience with DCF, Woodside or similar systems of care.


Submit a written proposal in response to the posted request for proposals.