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Recruitment #20-002052-0004





Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Placement Manager for the Placement and Permanency Unit within the Social Services Administration. The Placement & Permanency Unit oversees the activities related to the following practice areas: Specialized Placement Resources and Placement Stability practices for children in foster care, including congregate care, kinship care, therapeutic and regular foster care and independent living programs. Permanency Practices including Adoptions and Guardianship, Resource Homes, Voluntary Placements, Child and Parent Visitation and Concurrent Planning and Emerging Adults including Ready by 21, Youth Transition Planning and Youth Engagement. Each of these areas requires the oversight of a Program Manager given the significant safety and well-being implications as well as funding requirements. The purpose of this position is to manage work related to the appropriate placement of children in foster care and to supervise the placement team that includes Placement Specialists. This team is charged with instituting changes in policy, regulations, operational standards, and service delivery for the placement of children in foster care. This position plays a key role in initiatives aimed to achieve the best placement practices and better outcomes for the children and families placed in foster care. This position works cooperatively with the Permanency and Emerging Adults Managers especially as their areas of work intersect and align with each other.


Education: Possession of a master's degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Seven years of professional experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency or institution, four (4) years of which must have been in an administrative, supervisory or consultative capacity.


1.) These requirements are established by the Social Service Administration by authority provided in Human Services §4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits does not have authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2.) Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

At least one year of experience in the areas of Resource Homes, Adoption/Guardianship, and/ or Placement Services.  


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.Three years of supervisory experience in Child Welfare .
2. One year of experience with providing technical assistance (training, consultation, assistance) to providers, stakeholders, and/or Local Departments of Social Services. 
3. Two years of experience assessing child welfare data to improve services or processes. 
4. One year of experience reviewing or managing a budget at State or Local Levels.


1. Candidates filling positions in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties are 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 examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position.  You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire. The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service is required 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 135, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the 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 email requested information only to  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 any questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please call 410-767-8844. 

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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 applicants are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.