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Lead Unit Surveyor

Recruitment #20-002819-0003




MDH/Office of Health Care Quality, Developmental Disabilities Unit, Columbia, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) is the agency within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) that is charged with monitoring the quality of care in Maryland’s health care facilities and community-based programs. OHCQ is an agent of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS), and is the designated State survey agency in Maryland. OHCQ issues licenses which authorize the operations of a business in Maryland; recommends certification to CMMS, thereby authorizing participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs; conducts surveys to determine compliance with State and federal regulations; and, provides technical assistance and education to providers, consumers and other stakeholders.

This position will assist OHCQ and its Developmental Disabilities (DD) Unit with achieving its mission by performing licensure and regulatory duties which evaluate programs and services provided by Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) licensees. In particular, this position will conduct investigations, initial surveys, re-licensure surveys, and monitored visits, in order to determine if DDA-licensed programs and funded services comply with policies, regulations and laws which affect the overall health, safety and well-being of individuals. 

Additionally, this position will participate in Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) meetings and/or the Mortality Review Committee as a representative of OHCQ and, when necessary, will provide support and/or clarification of survey and investigative findings. This position will be required to possess and maintain a current knowledge of COMAR, federal and local regulations which govern the operations of DDA licensees, in addition to maintaining training that is required to perform essential job functions in the unit.

Furthermore, as a Lead Surveyor, this position will assist the DD Unit Supervisor with administrative functions, as well as cover for the Supervisor when he/she is out and take the lead on training new staff members.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Five years of professional experience in health services, two years of which must have been in professional work related to the support services and programs for developmentally disabled clients.

Notes: 1. Applicants may substitute a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the option must be as follows: professional work related to the support services and programs for developmentally disabled clients.

3. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field, plus one additional year of professional experience in health services, may be substituted for the specific degree.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist 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 have experience conducting investigations and/or surveys, in order to determine if programs and/or services funded by the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) are complying with State, federal and local policies, regulations and laws. He/she should also have experience participating in Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) meetings and/or the Mortality Review Committee.


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 which 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, at 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.

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