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Director of Placement and Permanency

Recruitment #17-005478-0022


This is a Management Service position which serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




Department of Human Services

Social Services Administration

311 W. Saratoga Street

Baltimore MD 21201-3500

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Program Manager for Out-of-Home Placement Services for the Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration. The incumbent in this position provides administrative direction, coordination, and management of Out-of-Home placement services in Maryland to effect timely permanency plans for children in Out-of-Home Placement as well as the provision of quality services to sustain the children while in care. The Program Manager directs the development, implementation, training and monitoring of Out-of-Home Placement programs statewide, in coordination with the Local Departments of Social Services (LDSS) and other service providers, both public and private; monitors local departments for program effectiveness and compliance with State regulations and represents the Out-of-Home Placement Unit and the community by participating in workgroups, boards, committees, and other activities in order to foster independence and safety for the State's vulnerable children and families for Out-of-Home Placement Services: Foster Care, Kinship Care, Adoption, Guardianship Assistance Program and Ready by 21 Services. 


Plans, organizes, supervises, and evaluates the work of supervisors; oversees professional development and training staff; monitors multiple services contracts, Ready By 21 Services, the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Program, the Adoption Exchange Association contract, Adoption Search, and Contact and Reunion Services; prepares and monitors the adoption State level and the Out-of-Home Placement Adoption and Chafee State level budget; assists in maintaining compliance with Federal and State regulations to monitor, analyze, and collect data from the Maryland Children Electronic Social Service Information Exchange (MD CHESSIE); provides management and oversight for public resource home development, and placement support; and provides technical assistance to the LDSS's in the location of placement resources and specialized supportive services to families and children to include: Health, Mental Health, Education, and Substance Abuse.

Develops, revises, plans and monitors statewide policies directives and manuals to be implemented by all LDSS's to maintain compliance with federal performance improvement plans; facilitates statewide trainings and technical assistance for all LDSS's; collects, analyzes data, and monitors practices outlined in policies and manuals to measure outcomes of the program goals; reviews, analyzes goals and data quarterly, and provides assistance to all LDSS's not meeting required standards; analyzes prospective legislation that impacts Out-of-Home Placement with an emphasis on older youth (14-21 years old) along with other State services and agencies that interact with the program; prepares detailed commentary regarding proposed legislation; and attends legislative hearings.

Interprets Federal legislation; implements the in State regulations, policies, and practices; manages, monitors, and trains statewide child welfare staff on the use of Federal and State Policies, regulations, and best practices related to children in Out-of-Home Placement; manages and monitors all Ready By 21 Services statewide to include: life skills classes, life skills assessments, Youth Advisory Boards, and housing initiatives; manages, monitors, and trains child welfare staff on the use of the AdoptUSKids database for the photo listing of Maryland children who have a permanency plan of adoption and prospective parents looking to adopt; manages and monitors all postings on the database for Notification of Petition for Guardianship and Mutual Consent Adoptions; develops measurable outcomes from data entered in the Maryland's SACWIS system; supervises the management and implementation of Adoption Search, Contact and Reunion Services statewide; and performs other related duties as assigned.


Education: Possession of a master’s degree in social work or related field from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.  

Experience: Seven years of experience in administrative, professional or technical work in a Human Service Program.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

1. Experience working in a public human service agency.

2. Experience with written and oral communication skills.

3. Experience with time management, priority setting, multi-tasking effectively, and problem-solving.


The assessment will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  Therefore it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  You must possess the minimum qualifications to be considered for this position.  Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment and clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application.  Credit may be given for relevant part-time, temporary, or volunteer experience including the number of hours worked per week. 



If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Human Services at 410-767-7414.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated.  This office, with your approval, will verify your prior applicable work experience.  In order to receive full consideration for time worked, please complete dates of employment in its entirety and identify number of hours worked for each entry.

College transcripts are not required for review of your application and do not need to be forwarded.  Please clearly indicate your college degree and majors on your application.  If selected for an interview, you will be required to bring an official transcript with you.  For all foreign education obtained outside of the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service if selected for an interview.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred; however, the paper application may be submitted to: DHS/Employment Services Division, attn: Jocelyn Maschal, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Room 141, Baltimore MD  21201-3500.  The paper application must be received by 5 p.m. close of business on the closing date of the recruitment.  No postmarks will be accepted.  The previous Maryland State application (MS-100) will not be accepted.

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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.