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Recruitment #21-005479-0004




MDH, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Office of Provider Engagement and Relation, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position leads and directs the work of the Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation (OPER). In response to the opioid overdose crisis in Maryland and in an effort to better coordinate controlled dangerous substance (CDS) prescriber support services and regulations, the Office of Controlled Substance Administration (OCSA) and the Prescription Drug Monitoring/Overdose Prevention Applied Data Programs (PDMP) were merged, effective February 4, 2019, creating OPER. OPER will continue the functions of both OCSA and PDMP with a more targeted focus on supporting prescribers and dispensers in the initiation and continuation of best practices to ensure appropriate patient use of opioids. The position advises leadership of data trends as well as policy, program and operational recommendations related to decreasing opioid-related overdoses in the state.

This position manages, through subordinate deputies, a total budget of approximately $4.8 million and a staff of approximately 41, residing in permanent State positions (23 PINs) and contractual employment.

OPER has the authority to issue Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Registrations to healthcare providers, establishments and researchers who prescribe, administer, dispense, store, label, compound, import, export, manufacture, distribute, and conduct research or instructional activities with COS. These CDS registrants are also subject to inspections by OPER staff to ensure compliance with the Controlled Substances Act.

OPER is responsible for all aspects of the planning, development and implementation of ongoing operations and enhancement of data systems designed to prevent and mitigate substance misuse. With other government agencies, non-profits and professional societies, OPER develops educational initiatives on prescription drug abuse and diversion targeted to healthcare providers and regulators, law enforcement, and the general public. This position requires extensive leadership, communication, customer service and strategic planning skills along with experience in program planning, implementation, monitoring and analysis.


Qualified candidates must possess a master's degree from an accredited college or university in public health, pharmacy, medical, nursing, social work or other related clinical degree.  Candidates must also possess at least 6 years of professional experience in program planning, monitoring and analysis, including at least 1 year of experience supervising those who manage the work of others.


Desired candidates should also possess:

  • Experience in local or state government;
  • Experience overseeing and driving strategic health policy development;
  • Experience overseeing a state, local or federal regulatory agency; and,
  • Experience in CDS / opioids, pharmacy, and/or healthcare data.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

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. 

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.