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Recruitment #17-002610-0006


By law, DJS is a child-serving agency responsible for assessing the individual needs of referred youth and providing intake, detention, probation, commitment and after-care services. DJS collaborates with youth, families, schools, community partners, law enforcement and other public agencies to coordinate services and resources to contribute to safer communities.




Noyes Childrens' Center

9925 Blackwell Road

Rockville, Maryland 20850


Cheltenham Youth Facility

11001 Frank Tippett Road

Cheltenham, Maryland 20623

Main Purpose of Job

A DJS Residential Group Life Manager I is one of two levels of managerial work providing supervision and guidance to youth residing in a facility operated by the Department of Juvenile Services. The DJS Residential Group Life Manager I functions as shift commander for the entire campus. Employees in this classification supervise DJS Resident Advisor Supervisors. Employees receive managerial supervision from a DJS Assistant Superintendent Residential Facility or higher-level manager charged with directing the operation of the facility. Employees may be assigned to a regular shift but may be required to work other shifts, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Employees may be subject to call-in on a twenty-four hour basis based on staffing needs.


The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of DJS Resident Advisor Supervisors and related staff;

 Trains DJS Resident Supervisors; Functions as shift commander for the entire campus;

Directs training programs for direct care staff;

Briefs subordinate supervisory staff and other shift commanders on activities and incidents from prior shifts, staffing and personnel changes;

Briefs subordinate supervisory staff on changes in facility or departmental policies;

Provides advice and guidance to DJS Resident Advisor Supervisors in observing and reacting to the behavior of residents and suggests methods of de-escalating potentially harmful situations;

Promotes an environment conducive to learning helpful alternative behaviors by encouraging communication among youth and staff, guiding and critiquing group discussions, offering advice at appropriate junctures and serving as a mentor and role model for resident youth;

Inspects the facility to ensure that security and safety are properly maintained and policies and regulations are consistently enforced;

Recommends and approves changes to the schedule of daily and weekly program activities;

Identifies DJS Resident Advisor training needs and advises appropriate personnel of additional training requirements; Reviews incident and staff reports prepared or reviewed by DJS Resident Advisor Supervisors;

 Investigates staff and resident complaints and recommends corrective actions;

May coordinate concessions or oversee youth accounts;

May recommend and oversee equipment, vehicle and building repairs;

May plan and coordinate staff training;

May review and approve or modify recommended behavioral sanctions


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Four years of experience providing supervision and guidance to
youth in a juvenile facility or juvenile services community program
for at-risk youth.

Notes: 1. The education and certification requirements are set by the Maryland Correctional Training Commission in accordance with the Correctional Services Article, Section 8-209.

2. Candidates may substitute an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice or the social or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university or sixty credit hours from an accredited college or university, including 15 hours in criminal justice or the social or behavioral sciences for one year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or the social or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university for two years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Correctional Officer classifications or Correctional Officer specialty codes in the Miscellaneous Occupations field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Applicants who have experience planning and supervising the work and performance of employees within a secure juvenile residential setting is preferred.


1.Candidates who have not already done so must complete and successfully pass the Entrance Level Correctional Training Course for DJS staff required for the Maryland Correctional Training Commission certificate within 365 days of initial appointment or placement in this classification according to Code of Maryland Regulations Employees are required to maintain certification while employed.

2.Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. In accordance with the Correctional Services Article of the Maryland
Annotated Code, Section 8-209, the Maryland Correctional Training Commission shall establish the minimum qualifications for probationary or permanent appointment of a Department of Juvenile Services employee in a mandated position. These requirements are listed in detail in the Code of Maryland Regulations, general regulations of the Maryland
Correctional Training Commission, and include:

U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien status
Must be at least 21 years of age
A thorough background check, including fingerprinting and drug testing
An oral interview, and
Physical and psychological examinations.

2. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The assessment will 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 experience and education. For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.

Please note that your answers on the Supplemental Questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit.



Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application.  

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you do not have internet access to submit your application online, you may mail a paper application to the following address:

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Office of Human Resources

120 W. Fayette Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

ATTN: Mekia Gaskins    

If you mail your application, it MUST be received by the closing date and time. You must include on each page the following information:      

*First and Last Name    

*Recruitment Number-located at the top of the bulletin    

*last 4 digits of your SSN  

Incorrect applications will not be accepted. Please do not email unsolicited documentation.      The resulting Certified Eligible List for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.  

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or   Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please, contact DJS Office of Human Resources at Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.  

Veterans - Thank you for your service to our country. DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.  If you are seeking veteran's preference, please submit a copy of your DD-214 with your application.  

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay  

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