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Recruitment #18-004916-0002


This recruitment is a Position-Specific Recruitment for an HR Officer II vacancy at the St. Mary's County Department of Social Services. 




Maryland Department of Human Resources
St. Mary's County Department of Social Services
23110 Leonard Hall Drive
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Main Purpose of Job

This position ensures effective and efficient use of St. Mary's County Department of Social Services Human Resources in the delivery of quality services to the public through management of the agency workforce needs. This position has responsibility for the administration of all agency human resources programs to include recruitment/employment services, classification and compensation, and employee relations. The position works with the Executive Leadership Team to ensure that staff and organizational development is effective and technically sound.


Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.  Please include specific job duties relating to the minimum experience qualifications.

EDUCATION: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE: Two and one half years of professional HR experience involving recruitment and employment services, classification and compensation, employee relations, test development and validation job analysis, job evaluation, salary administration, HR program evaluation, or HR policy formulation. 


1. Professional HR management work in the areas of recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, employee relations, test development and validation or as a generalist may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education.  

2. Paraprofessional personnel work experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education. Paraprofessional personnel work is defined as work involving the application of public sector personnel procedures, policies, rules and regulations to specific employment actions. Appropriate paraprofessional personnel experience includes responsibility for activities such as: preparing and maintaining employment records, calculating salaries, applying personnel-related rules and policies, preparing personnel-related reports, conducting employee orientation and counseling employees regarding benefits and obligations and responding to inquiries concerning employment procedures.

3. Thirty graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the fields of HR/personnel administration, human resources management, business administration, public administration, statistics, tests and measurements, psychology or a related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in human resources management classifications or human resources management specialty codes in the human resources management field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Strong preference will be given to applicants that possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding the qualifications.

The ideal candidate will possess:

Experience in working in the public sector, including the management of Hiring and Recruitment activities, Employee Relations and Benefits.

Experience working with an HRIS system such as Workday or PeopleSoft. Experience with the full-cycle recruitment process.

Experience counseling employees and investigating issues related to classification and salary matters.

Experience facilitating new employee orientations and trainings.

Experience counseling employees and providing information related to health benefits and retirement planning.

Experience interpreting and applying the State Personnel Management Systems laws, rules, regulations and standards.

Experience supervising HR personnel.

Experience in employer-employee relations dealing with issues such as disputes, grievances, and mediation.


Must be willing to accept employment in St. Mary's County Department of Social Services, located in Southern Maryland, 60 miles from Washington DC region and 85 miles from Baltimore region.


1. Employees in this classification are required to obtain certification in State Personnel Management System policies and procedures and in the functionality of the Statewide Personnel System from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Department of Budget and Management within six months from the time of appointment to the position. Employees are also required to obtain recertification every six months thereafter. 

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.


Please 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. 

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

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


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position. 

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service is required prior to hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.



Online applications are STRONGLY preferred.  If you are unable to apply online, please send your paper application and supplemental questionnaire (if applicable) to:

Department of Human Services

Examination Services Unit

Attention: Scott Waddel

311 W. Saratoga Street, First Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Or, email to  For questions concerning this position, please call 410-767-7255, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay, 1-800-925-4434.

Do not submit unsolicited documentation. Resumes and copies of diplomas are not required for this examination process.

The paper application must be received by 5 PM on the closing date for the recruitment. 

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.