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Recruitment #21-002052-0001








Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Placement Supervisor for the Placement Unit within the Social Services Administration. The Placement 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. Each of these areas requires the oversight of a Program Manager given the significant safety and well-being implications as well as funding requirements. Manage SSA’s 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.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

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 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.

One year of experience in the areas of Resource Homes 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.

Three years of supervisory child welfare experience.

One year of experience providing technical assistance (training, consultation, assistance) to providers, stakeholders, and/or Local Departments of Social Services.

Two years of experience assessing child welfare data to improve services or processes.

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.

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.

It is imperative to list all computer and software experience on your application pertaining to your job duties.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



Online applications are STRONGLY preferred. If the online application process is not available, please send your paper application and supplemental questionnaire (if applicable) to:

Department of Human Services 
Examination Services Unit 
Attention: LaToura Jones 
311 W. Saratoga Street, First Floor 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Or fax requested information to: 410-333-0882; Email Voice 410-767-8844, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay, 1-800-925-4434.

Do not submit unsolicited documentation. 

The paper application must be received by 5 PM on the closing date for the recruitment.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Bilingual applicants and applicants with disabilties are encouraged to apply.
We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.