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Recruitment #19-002586-0008


This is a Position Specific Recruitment for the Department of Human Services, Office of Emergency Operations.




Department of Human Services

Office of Emergency Operations

311 W. Saratoga Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Emergency and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) Planner for the Division of Administrative Services within the Department of Human Services (DHS). The Emergency and COOP Planner develops strategies statewide for the continued operations of DHS during and following any man-made or natural disaster. The incumbent is this position is responsible for the development, coordination, maintenance and updating of the COOP statewide; and works closely with each Local Department of Social Services (LDSS) as well as DHS, Central Offices/Units to ensure that the respective and collective processes are able to function following a disaster.


Researches, constructs, develops, analyzes, and evaluates emergency plans with special emphasis on disability integration; leads multi-agency coordination efforts with the goal of producing viable disaster response plans; assists in the research of emergency preparedness, response and recovery; participates in and sits on committees whose purpose is to address the needs of shelter, mass care, emergency assistance, feeding, housing, and reunification; develops, coordinates, maintains and updates COOPs for DHS statewide; ensures that plans are adequate and up to date; tracks all current statewide plans which support disaster response and recovery, and assigns responsibilities to DHS; ensures disaster plans that DHS is responsible for are updated regularly, and are circulated amongst DHS partner agencies; supports as participant or field leader of Emergency Operations throughout the State as directed in regards to an emergency event; evaluates and observes exercises of emergency plans of the State, local governments, Federal government, and ESF #6 partners; assists with developing exercises to assess plans; recommends plan improvements based on After Action Reports; and performs all other related duties as assigned.


Applicants must meet all minimum 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: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


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. One year of professional disaster response experience, including on-call response.

2. One year of professional experience leading the development of multi-agency disaster response plans. 

3. One year of experience working in shelters.

4. One year of professional leadership experience.

5. One year of experience using Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Advanced Excel, and PowerPoint, including the ability to convert file types (pdf file to Word document).

6. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

7. Ability to troubleshoot basic computer issues without IT support.


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 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.

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.