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Recruitment #19-005484-0018




MDH, Behavioral Health Administration, Catonsville, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position functions as the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) Director of Systems Management, a leadership position which supports the development of the statewide public behavioral health system (PBHS), a publicly funded and administered system of inpatient and community services for approximately 278,000 individuals with mental illness, substance use disorders and other behavioral health issues. The system has 3,500 providers, with annual expenditures exceeding $1.6 Billion. The Director functions with Medicaid as a monitor for the Administrative Services Organization (ASO), the vendor that authorizes and pays claims for the BHS ($15 million per year for 5 years). The Director manages Applied Research and Evaluation, Managed Care & Quality Improvement and System Planning. The Director represents BHA with the general public, advocacy and provider organizations and also serves as chief BHA liaison to internal and external agencies.


Education:  Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field, or business administration, health care management, public administration, or related field of study.

Experience:  Six years of experience leading and managing programmatic and administration/ operations in an organization which provides health services in behavioral health care.  Work experience must include planning, developing, and implementing health service delivery models of care; work with clinical outcomes; and data collection, analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and presentation.  Four of the six years must have included program management and direct supervision of staff.   


The desired candidate has knowledge of Maryland’s public behavioral health system of care including core service agencies and community providers, substance use disorders, managed care and quality improvement.    Extensive experience in program development, program planning, research and evaluation, and senior level policy making are desirable.  The desired candidate will be highly effective communicator and knowledge of Medicaid is highly desirable.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. 

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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