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Chief, Center for Food Defense & Emergency Planning

Recruitment #18-000661-0002




PHPA, Environmental Health Bureau, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Chief of the Center for Food Defense and Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response.  The main purpose of this position is to implement, direct, coordinate, evaluate and provide leadership in food protection, defense, preparedness and response.  This position coordinates all food safety issues and acts as the security officer with regard to the State's food supply by participating in the Maryland emergency response system.  This position is responsible for the supervision of the Rapid Response Team (RRT), and the collaboration and coordination across the Office of Food Protection to plan for and implement the defense and emergency preparedness programs.  This position develops policy recommendations, regulations and guidelines for the food protection program to protect the public health. 


Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university including 30 credits in engineering or the biological, environmental or physical sciences.  A copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial) must accompany your application. 

Experience: Three years of experience supervising a professional staff or as a project supervisor in the field of environmental health.


1. Additional experience in engineering, public administration or law as related to environmental health may be substituted on year-for- year basis for the required education.

2. Applicants may substitute registration as an Environmental Sanitarian or as a Professional Engineer for the required education.  A copy of your current license/registration or license verification should accompany your application (if applicable).

3. Applicants may substitute one additional year of experience in engineering, public administration or law as related to environmental health for the 30 specialized academic credits. 

4. 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 and Natural Resources classifications or Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources specialty codes in the Engineering, Natural Resources and Science field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


The preferred candidate will possess the following:

  • Knowledge of the Federal and State organizational structure for food safety.
  • Ability to deal and work collaboratively with state, local and federal agencies, legislators, and managers of regulated industries.
  • Ability to navigate, utilize and interpret different types of databases and reports (e.g., lab results, inspection report), and communicate findings.
  • Knowledge of food science or food industry operations.
  • Experience in conducting food safety regulation enforcement of retail, manufacturing, or processing facilities.
  • Experience with emergency response and/or preparedness.


Candidates appointed to positions in these classifications 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.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) 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. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.

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

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only 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.

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

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 1-800-735-2258.



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.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.