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HR Director

Recruitment #19-004919-0002


The Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is seeking applicants from among experienced State employees to fill our position of Human Resources Director.  This is a Skilled Service position. This recruitment is limited to current State employees.

OAH is located in Hunt Valley, MD, in northern Baltimore County. We are a small agency, with 118 positions. Half of these positions are Administrative Law Judges, with the remaining positions engaged in support activities such as a large Docket Clerks office, a Quality Assurance office, Information Technology, clerical and administrative support, Fiscal Services and Human Resources. A highly professional and collegial atmosphere exists at OAH, where many long-time employees  are committed to the support of each other in a variety of interesting and engaging activities.

The HR Director is the sole personnel staff position, and ideal applicants will be experienced personnel generalists who are well versed in all aspects of the SPMS personnel program. The ability to coordinate and liaison with specialists at the DBM-Office of Personnel Services and Benefits is a desirable trait. The ability to perform routine office tasks as well as to solve complex and confidential HR issues is critical. 

OAH is exempt from the State's Collective Bargaining program. Over half of OAH positions are Special Appointment or Management Service. Currently there are no contractual or temporary positions. Recently renovated offices are located in the heart of Hunt Valley, with many commercial businesses and eating establishments in the surrounding area for before- and-after work convenience. There is plenty of free parking, with employee parking spaces located only steps from the employee entrance and the administrative offices. The MTA light rail is very convenient, with stops located within easy walking distance and walking paths surround the area for lunchtime strolls.

If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, it most certainly is!  Be sure to apply by the closing date, and to thoroughly complete the Supplemental Questionnaire for best consideration.





Office of Administrative Hearings in Hunt Valley


The incumbent manages the OAH Human Resources office. The Director plans, directs, administers, and processes all aspects of personnel work at the agency to include recruitment through SPS/JobAps, processing all transactions in SPS/Workday, new employee onboarding, employee/employer relations, training for non-ALJ staff, and administering and coordinating State programs such as Health benefits, pension and retirement, Wellness, FMLA, EEO/ADA, Leave Bank and Employee Leave donation, and Classification and Salary. Incumbent establishes overall policies and procedures for personnel activities within the SPMS framework, and ensures their implementation. The HR Director provides leadership and direction on HR matters to the executive staff and managers, establishing and enforcing policies that support and enhance the vision, mission, goals and objectives of OAH.

The duties of the position include:

  • Managing recruitment, new hire selection and onboarding
  • Providing advice and counsel to OAH employees on such issues as FMLA, leave, PEP process, benefits, retirement
  • Providing advice and counsel to executive and management staff on employee discipline, evaluation, staffing strategies, classification and salary matters, and Medical Services
  • Administering the Benefit program in SPS/Workday and during Open Enrollment for OAH employees
  • Serving as the OAH Equal Employment Officer and ADA Coordinator, SPS Human Resources Coordinator, Retirement Coordinator and Agency Benefits Coordinator
  • Handling E/ER matters as they arise, such as counseling and discipline, terminations, probationary extensions, and substance abuse testing
  • Coordinating the Wellness Program
  • Chairing the Health and Safety committee


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

Experience: Four years of professional HR experience involving recruitment and employment services, classification and compensation, employee relations, test development and validation, job analysis, job evaluation, salary administration, HR program evaluation, or HR policy formulation.


1. Professional HR management work in the areas of recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, employee relations, test development and validation or as a generalist may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education.

2. Paraprofessional personnel work experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required education. Paraprofessional personnel work is defined as work involving the application of public sector personnel procedures, policies, rules and regulations to specific employment actions. Appropriate paraprofessional personnel experience includes responsibility for activities such as: preparing and maintaining employment records, calculating salaries, applying personnel-related rules and policies, preparing personnel-related reports, conducting employee orientation and counseling employees regarding benefits and obligations and responding to inquiries concerning employment procedures.

3. Thirty graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the fields of HR/personnel administration, business administration, public administration, statistics, tests and measurements, psychology or a related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in human resources management classifications or human resources management specialty codes in the human resources management field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


  • Experience using the SPS/JobAps system for recruitment and selection
  • Experience processing HR transactions in SPS/Workday
  • Experience coordinating SPMS programs such as benefits, retirement and classification
  • Knowledge of, and experience implementing, the State Personnel and Pension Article (SPP) and COMAR Title 17


This recruitment is only open to current Maryland State employees.


1. Employees in this classification are required to obtain certification in State Personnel Management System policies and procedures and in the functionality of the Statewide Personnel System from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Department of Budget and Management within six months from the time of appointment to the position. Employees are also required to obtain recertification every six months thereafter.

2. 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 be 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.

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 by the closing date to:  Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, ATTN: J. Cora.

For information concerning this recruitment, call 410-229-4115. 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. 

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