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Chief, Rural Health and School Based Programs

Recruitment #20-001721-0001




MDH Behavioral Health Administration, Child, Adolescent, Young Adult Services Division

5262 Woods Road, Cambridge MD 21613 (Dorchester County)


This is a managerial level position, whose main purpose is to oversee all programs impacting rural health issues, and to coordinate and oversee programs relating to school based services. Additionally, this position manages and oversees the respite programs and the resiliency committee. Responsibilities include: representing rural communities and their interests and needs to the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA); directing and monitoring of activities of contracted public and private entities that deliver behavioral health services to school aged children and respite providers; managing a number of important state and federal grants aimed at providing school based services; and, representing BHA in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and other regional coalitions of school based health care providers, when called upon.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Six (6) years professional experience in health services, three (3) years must have been in Mental Health professional work related to treatment and development of mentally ill patients and two (2) years must have been at the managerial or supervisory level.

Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or a Doctorate degree in a health or human services field from an accredited college or university for up to two years of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus an additional year of professional experience in health services for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Health Services Administration specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should possess clinical licensure such as: LCSW, LCSW-C, LCPC, LCPC-S

The desired candidate should also possess the following:

● Experience with behavioral health needs of rural populations and/or desire to advocate for these communities

● Experience with Children, Adolescents, Young Adults

● Experience with evidence based practice interventions

● Experience supervising subordinates ,to include completing performance evaluations, assisting with professional development and other HR related tasks

● Experience utilizing computers and entering data into electronic tracking systems

The desired candidate should also have knowledge of and/or experience with telecommunication technology; respite services; issues impacting school-aged youth and experience with school-based Mental Health; strong organizational skills; ability to work with statewide systems; excellent verbal & written communication skills; sound judgment and the ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.

This position's job duties will mainly be performed in an office on the Eastern Shore and will also require frequent travel throughout Eastern Shore as well as to Baltimore/Catonsville at times.  The desired candidate must possess the ability to frequently travel.


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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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.