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State Independent Living Coordinator

Recruitment #19-001532-0004


This is a Position Specific Recruitment for the Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration. 




Department of Human Services

Social Services Administration

Office of Child Welfare Practice & Policy

311 W. Saratoga Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as a policy analyst for the out-of-home placement program responsible for instituting changes in policy, operational standards, and service delivery across all Out-of-Home Placement service programs. This position develops and implements innovative strategies that support the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood. This position assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of certain child welfare programs, in coordination with the local departments of social services and other service providers, both public and private; to monitor local departments for program effectiveness and compliance with State regulations and to represent the Out-of-Home Placement Unit within the Department of Human Services and in the community by participation in workgroups, boards, committees and other activities in order to foster independence and safety for the State's vulnerable children and families.


This position plans, coordinates and assists in the facilitation of the State Youth Advisory Board as well as State-led events for youth; organizes, supervises and provides leadership over the State Youth Advisory Board; Co-leads and facilitates the relevant workgroups and participates in various other workgroups as assigned; leads, coordinates and provides leadership at the Independent Living Coordinator meetings; updates and disseminates strategic goals on the strategic imperatives related to older youth population; acts as Project Manager for Annual projects i.e. Teen Summit, Foster Youth Shadow Day, Summer Internship Program, etc.; serves as trainer/facilitator for workshops, retreats, round tables, conferences and forums; attends trainings and meetings that may fall outside normal working hours; analyzes and prepares commentary on prospective legislation that impact on out-of-home placement services for older youth in out-of-home placement; interprets and writes regulations and policy based on the legislation that has either passed at the Federal or State levels; participates with Federal partners in discussing the federal implications; prepares justification statements and submit for review and prepare budget for possible revisions; participates in task force meetings, committee meetings, workgroups, and participates on various boards related to child welfare concerns.


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

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

Experience: Five years of experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations.


1. Additional professional or technical experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Education at the graduate level at an accredited college or university in a human services related field at may be substituted the rate of 30 semester hours per year for up to two years of the required experience.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Two years of the required minimum qualification experience must have been developing, implementing and monitoring services for the older youth population within Child Welfare Programs such as: foster care, kinship care, adoption, or independent living.


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 the following:

1. Two years of work experience in the Ready by 21 Unit or Semi-Independent Living Program within the Public Child Welfare Program.

2. One year of experience with leading projects.

3. One year experience in public speaking and oral presentation.

4. Strong written and oral communication skills.

5. Ability to prioritize and multi-task effectively

6. Flexibility in a busy environment.

7. Strong time management, priority setting and problem-solving skills.


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 eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position.  You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  

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. 



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Human Services, Examination Services Unit, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Room 134, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by      5 P.M. on the closing date.  Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application.   

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-0882.  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.  

If you have any questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please call 410-767-7414.    

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 applicants are encouraged to apply.  

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.