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Director of Social Services, Howard County

Recruitment #19-005483-0010


This is a Management Service position that serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

*The State's salary range is $77,725 - $113,430. 

Howard County Government may provide a salary supplement commensurate with experience.  The supplement is in addition to the State Salary.




Department of Human Services

Howard County Department of Social Services

9780 Patuxent Woods Drive

Columbia MD 21046

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS), in cooperation with the Howard County Government, seeks a strong administrator to direct all program activities of the Howard County Department of Social Services (DSS) including Child Welfare, Family and Adult Services, Financial Assistance Programs, Nutrition Assistance, and Child Support. The Howard County DSS, located in Columbia, MD has a staff of approximately 125 and a $45 million dollar operating budget. Howard County is a progressive rural and suburban county with a population of approximately 320,000 and a median household income of $111,473. Located in Central Maryland, Howard County is within driving distance to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis, MD.


Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related fields, such as Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Services Administration, Health, Education, Psychology, Sociology and other Human Services related degrees with at least five years of professional employment in social services administration or supervision.


Desired qualifications include, but are not limited to:

  • Strong leadership and management skills, particularly in fiscal and human resource management.
  • Ability to implement change, motivate staff and maintain relationships.
  • Ability to acquire new funding from non-traditional sources. 
  • Strong communication skills.



If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Human Services at 410-767-7414.

Applications will only be accepted via this online employment center. You will be required to provide a resume, salary history, and current salary requirements.  This information must be uploaded as a single document or faxed to 410-333-0882 attention: Deenna Greene with the title "Director of Social Services, Howard County". 

Additional information about DHS is available at . 

TTY  Users: call the Maryland Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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