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Manager - Local Programs

Recruitment #20-002588-0031




MDH, Office of Population Health Improvement, Prevention Unit, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position will be responsible for organizing and directing the implementation of prevention and overdose prevention initiatives at the local level, including but not limited to (1.) the 20% set-aside of the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant, (2.) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Partnership for Success Grant (PFS), (3.) the State's Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP), (4.) the Local Overdose Fatality Review Teams (LOFRT) grants, and (5.) implementation of jurisdictional overdose prevention initiatives that include Overdose Response Programs (ORP), data gathering and analysis, health care provider education and treatment capacity building. This position will also supervise a team of four staff who provide direct assistance to local jurisdictions and interact with multiple agencies and stakeholders to facilitate accomplishment of the goals specified by each initiative. This position will provide oversight for multiple contracts with external technical assistance partners including a college campus underage drinking project, technical assistance for strategic planning/evaluation project, and Local Overdose Fatality Review Team (LOFRT) grants. This position will also assist in strategic planning related to prevention and overdose prevention practices and services at the state, county, and community level, development of new prevention and overdose prevention initiatives, and provide expert input into the development of appropriate substance misuse prevention administrative and fiscal policies. This position will provide guidance/recommendations to the 24 Local Prevention Coordinators, Local Addiction Authorities, State Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and other key stakeholders on the direction and implementation of the Office's substance related prevention and overdose prevention services. The position will also serve as Maryland's dedicated National Prevention Network representative to SAMHSA.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.

Notes: 1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required general experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


The desired candidate should have:

- Bachelor's or advanced degree in public health, human services, or related field.

- Experience managing grants and programs related to substance use prevention.

- Experience in project management; initiating, planning, execution of project goals and deliverables; project closeout.

- Experience with grant and/or proposal writing, resulting in award as well as experience negotiating, managing and monitoring contracts.

- Experience managing budgets.

- Supervisory experience.

- Knowledge of and experience with implementation of the Strategic Prevention Framework model.

- Strong oral and written communication skills.  


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.


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.