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Recruitment #19-002052-0002


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




Department of Human Services

Social Services Administration

311 W. Saratoga Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position supports the Program Manager in the planning and operation components of the Social Services Administration (SSA) Placement and Permanency Unit within the Department of Human Services. The incumbent in this position completes tasks associated with day-to-day project management, data analysis, research, legislative initiatives, and COMAR application necessary to improve Maryland's system of safety, permanence and well-being for children and families, specifically in resource home development, Adoption/Guardianship Assistance and placement support services; interacts with agency staff to complete agency goals and objectives; and maintains effective professional working relationships with General Assembly, public/private businesses and stakeholders at the City, County, State and Federal government levels.


This position provides oversight to the lead staff responsible for the management and implementation of Adoption/Guardianship Assistance Services; ensures application packets to individuals that apply for adoption search contact and reunion services; assigns adoption search, contact and reunion cases to the appropriate confidential intermediary; reviews, completes, tracks and monitors cases, including services provided to Adult Adoptees, Birth Parents and Minors in Out-of-Home Placement; ensures budget items are prepared for Confidential Intermediary initial and recertification training; reviews applications for Adoption/Guardianship Assistance Services Program and determines eligibility; provides approval or denial letter to Local Department of Social Services (LDSS's) that has submitted the request on behalf of the family; develops and maintains Maryland's Confidential Intermediary Services Manual to reflect changes in Federal and State laws; reviews, monitors and provides oversight to Maryland State Resource Home Recruitment and Retention Plan to ensure that LDSS's are meeting the needs of the children in care by recruiting and retaining homes that match their local department needs according to the number of youth in Out-of-Home placement; ensures coordination of placement efforts and provides technical assistance, training, consultation, guidance, and support to LDSS's staff; plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of the Placement and Permanency Unit including staff assigned to the unit; reviews and approves staff work products, assuring that work products are timely and complete; compiles, reviews and prepares Resource Home quarterly reports utilizing the Resource Home Monitoring Tool and provides feedback to LDSS's; compiles, reviews, and prepares Adoption/Guardianship Assistance and Placement Services reports for CFSR and APSR; plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of the Placement and Permanency Unit including staff assigned to the unit; and performs other related duties as assigned.


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: Possession of a master's degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Seven (7) years of professional experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency or institution, four (4) years of which must have been in an administrative, supervisory or consultative capacity.


1.) These requirements are established by the Social Service Administration by authority provided in Human Services §4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits does not have authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2.) Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


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 welfare 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.

1. Three years of experience in the areas of Resource Homes, Adoption/Guardianship, and/or Placement Services.  

2. Two years of experience providing Technical Assistance (training, consultation, assistance) to providers, stakeholders, and/or Local Departments of Social Services.  

3. Two years of experience assessing child welfare data to improve services or processes.   

4. Strong written and oral communication skills.  

5. Flexibility in a busy environment.


1. Candidates filling positions in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties are required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


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 142, 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.    

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.   

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.  

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.