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Rapid Response Team Coordinator

Recruitment #19-000321-0002




MDH/Environmental Health Bureau, Office of Food Protection, Baltimore, Maryland


This position will serve as the overall State of Maryland Rapid Response Team (SMarRRT) Coordinator in the Office of Food Protection (OFP) and will oversee the development of the Rapid Response Team (RRT). This individual will be the RRT Training Coordinator and will develop training to include an annual exercise, or on-site evaluation, of at least one 'high risk' food, as identified under the Manufactures Foods Regularity Program Standards (MFRPS), Standard #3, for the RRT. This exercise/evaluation should be done in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) district RRT Liaison Officer. The RRT Coordinator will work with the MFRPS Coordinator to implement Standard #5. He/she will be the liaison between the RRT, federal agencies, local health jurisdictions, and other state agencies on emergency response programs. In addition, the RRT coordinator will research, coordinate and provide specialized training, in conjunction with the FDA, to other members of the RRT, as well as the field staff in Emergency Response and other food emergencies (i.e. natural disasters, bioterrorism, fires power outages, etc.).

Furthermore, the RRT Coordinator will work with personnel from the MDH Office of Outbreak Response and be responsible for timely investigations of local and multi-state foodborne outbreaks, which may include document collection and product trackback, as well as environmental and food sampling, to prevent further illness and support regulatory action. The RRT Coordinator, in conjunction with the FDA, will be responsible for establishing and executing the meeting and documentation of calendar milestones consistent with the aims of the RRT project.

Finally, the RRT Coordinator will be responsible for maintaining and updating 24-hour emergency response phone numbers for federal agencies, state and local health departments, as well as corporate contact information, in order to further enhance statewide communication systems.

The RRT Coordinator will exemplify a collaborative, robust work ethic, and a commitment to continuous improvement.


Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarians, under the certificate of eligibility requirements for Environmental Sanitarians.

Experience: Six years of environmental health work experience in the promotion, control and maintenance of environmental health, two years of which must have involved direction of an environmental control project and/or supervision of positions performing environmental health work.


1. Applicants may substitute a master’s degree in public health or environmental health sciences, for one year of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a Commissioned Officer in Environmental Engineering classifications or Environmental Engineering specialty codes in the Engineering and Science field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience.


The desired candidate should have knowledge of food safety and outbreak investigation procedures. He/she should also have experience with facilitating meetings, as well as with developing and implementing a training program.


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Environmental Sanitarian from the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarians. A photocopy of current registration must be attached to the application form (MS-100).

2. The licensure requirements are pursuant to Environmental Article, Title 11, COMAR 26.07.01 through 26.07.04. The Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management cannot accept any substitutions.

3. Further information on eligibility requirements, to include application for license, may be obtained from the Administrative Officer, Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarian Registration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230.


1. This position will require flexible hours at times, with occasional overnight travel and multi-day conference attendance. 

2. Candidate will be on-call and must be ready, willing and able for emergency response.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.