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Recruitment #19-001532-0005


This is full time contractual position.




Department of Human Services

Social Services Administration

311 W. Saratoga Street

Baltimore MD 21201-3500

Main Purpose of Job

This position provides technical assistance, training, guidance, and support to the Local Department's of Social Services (LDSS) providers and sister agencies for the placement of individuals in need of or in out-of-home placements within the Maryland Department of Human Services, Social Services Administration (SSA). This position requires a higher level of care and knowledge of COMAR regulations and SSA placement processes; as well as ability to be able to clinically assess the needs of youth to ensure that the recommended placements are appropriate; and ensures the availability of resources to meet the needs of children and adults who are in foster care. The incumbent in this position conducts initial site visits of recommended placement provider's to assess the appropriateness of placement; ensures that policies and procedures are in place, and that the LDSS's are utilizing best practices in their placement efforts while overseeing the Mental Heath Stabilization Services (MHSS) project which provides supportive services and fills service gaps across the State.


Reviews Out-of-State (OOS) packets submitted by the LDSS's for potential placements completion, appropriateness, and approval for compliance; tracks statistical data regarding the processing of OOS packets, keeps communication with the LDSS's to ensure packets are completed timely; submits weekly placement reports to supervisor; provides statistics for Annual OOS report; inputs, updates, and removes private provider profile in the Maryland Children Electronic Social Service Information Exchange (MD CHESSIE) data information system or current child welfare data system to ensure that the information in MD CHESSIE or other child welfare data systems are current; coordinates with the LDSS's, sister agencies, and providers to ensure appropriateness of placements and continuity of services provided; collaborates with provider programs to ensure a seamless transition for youth placement and ensures documentation is secured; follows-up with SSA Contract Unit to ensure OOS packet is transferred to the contracts monitor; and inputs initial OOS/DDA (Department of Disability Administration) licenses in MD CHESSIE or child welfare data system to ensure that licenses are updated in MD CHESSIE or child welfare data system upon expiration.

Coordinates placement efforts and provides technical assistance, training, consultation, guidance, and support to the LDSS's staff regarding placements of special youth populations such as: medically fragile, developmentally/intellectually disabled, and chronic mental health/behavioral challenges; researches and conducts initial onsite monitoring visit with new potential providers to ensure appropriateness and effectiveness of the program; initiates vetting of new providers by obtaining program description, documentation from the LDSS regarding the potential youth to be placed, and prepares placement approval packet for DHS Secretary's signature; provides consultation, guidance, and support to the LDSS's staff, In-State placement private providers, the Maryland Department of Health, the Department of Juvenile Services, the Maryland State Department of Education, and families and Federal partners to reduce unwarranted Out-of-State placements; ensures placements for youth/individuals returning from Out-of-State are appropriate and increases In-State resource capacities among providers; interprets policies, regulations, standards, and compliance; develops expertise knowledge of the licensed and contracted Maryland provider profiles, including the services provided and types of clients served; assists the provider partners with any placement, resource, compliance issues, and In-State rejection reviews by conducting weekly conferences with the Behavioral Health Administration; and performs other related duties as assigned.


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.


Two years of the required minimum qualification experience must have been in developing, implementing, and monitoring certain Child Welfare Programs such as: (foster care, kinship care, adoption, and independent living).


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

1. One year of experience analyzing data.

2. One year of experience using Excel spreadsheets.

3. Strong written and oral communication skills.

4. Ability to prioritize and multi-task effectively.

5. Flexibility in a busy environment.

6. Demonstrate strong time management, priority setting and problem-solving skills.


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.

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

This recruitment does not require any additional materials to be uploaded. Your qualifications will be assessed based on the information included on your submitted application.

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


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.


The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Tonya N. Brown, Department of Human Services, Room 143, 311 W. Saratoga Street, Baltimore MD 21201-3500.

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.