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Recruitment #19-001532-0006




Department of Human Services

Social Services Administration

Family and Children's Services/In-Home Services

311 W. Saratoga Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for the development of certain plans, policies and procedures for Child Protective Services (CPS), Family Preservation Services and Prevention Services to achieve safety, permanence and well-being needs of children and families. Specific responsibilities include development of training for administrators, supervisors and caseworkers in the Local Departments of Social Services and other child welfare professional, provide consultation and technical assistance to local departmental staff, governmental agency staff, private agency staff, monitor local departments for program effectiveness and compliance with state and federal law/regulations/policy, and represent the program and Administration on all Child Protective Services (CPS), Family Preservation Services and Prevention Services.


This position serves as Project Lead, focusing on Prevention Services for children and families and coordinates legislation review. Researches, reviews and analyzes evidence-based practices, and policies to monitor program effectiveness and to meet Federal and State outcome measures at the state and local levels. Participates in task force meetings, committee meetings, workgroups, and may sit on various boards related to prevention and child welfare concerns. Additional duties include assisting the managers with tasks as designated by the executive staff. Serves on SSA's Legislative Committee to coordinate review and respond on proposed legislation having a potential impact on the program. Analyzes perspective legislation that impacts Prevention and Child Welfare Services. Prepares detailed commentary about proposed legislation that includes letters of support, suggested amendments, and formal testimony. Attends legislative committee hearings for relevant proposed legislation. Reviews and analyzes data and outcomes to support evidence based practices implemented in jurisdictions. Prepares policy directives outlining program policies and procedures primarily on Prevention Services with a primary focus on evidence-based and trauma-informed practices. Includes collaboration with LDSS staff and stakeholders. Develops and maintains appropriate Child Welfare Service Policies, to reflect changes in federal and state laws. Prepares written responses to concerns from lay and professional community for all levels of staff ranging from Manager to the Secretary of the Department and the Governor's Office. Delivers presentations to professional and lay groups on Maryland's Prevention, evidence-based and trauma-informed Child Protective Services (CPS) Family Preservation Practices.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

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.

Notes: 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 in a Child Protective Services (CPS), Foster Care, or Family Preservation Services Program.


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

The ideal candidate will have the following:

1. Four years of experience in assessing psycho-social assessments to identify the needs of families and children.

2. Two years of experience with Maryland Children's Electronic Social Services Information Exchange (MD CHESSIE) System.

3. Licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

4. Strong written and oral communication skills.

5. Demonstrated skills in effective time management, priority setting, multi-tasking, problem solving, and critical thinking.

6. Flexibility in a busy environment.


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 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 must be provided 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 142, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and 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 questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please call 410-767-7414. 

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.

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