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Recruitment #21-006188-0001




MDH, Behavioral Health Administration, Catonsville, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position functions as the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs for the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health/Behavioral Health Administration. This position serves as an agent of the Deputy Secretary.

With the authority delegated by the Deputy Secretary, this position manages staff and oversees day-to-day activities and operation of the executive office. The incumbent directly manages governmental affairs, including legislation, regulation, public information and constituent requests. It oversees policy development and special project activities of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA.) The position represents the Deputy Secretary at meetings, committees and workgroups and provides presentations as needed.


Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and six years of experience in administrative staff or professional work evaluating, analyzing, researching and developing policies, legislation or programs.

Note: A master's degree from an accredited college or university may be substituted for 2 years of the required experience.


Desired qualifications include the following:

  • Masters degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Business Administration, Public Health, Public Administration or a Juris Doctorate Degree;
  • Experience with the legislative process on a national, state or local level;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Experience specific to the health care field;
  • Excellent project management skills and strong analytical skills, including the ability to decipher needs and insights from data;
  • Experience leading teams;
  • Experience developing comprehensive and large-scale reports and presentations for a variety of groups;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and,
  • Expert knowledge of and experience using Mircrosoft Office Suite and Google Suite.


This is a Special Appointment 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.