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Recruitment #21-009609-0001




MDH, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position functions as the Operations Director of the Public Health Services (PHS) Administration, and provides day-to-day operational and programmatic implementation, guidance and direction to the organization. In FY2022, PHS has a budget of $898.7 million (including Core Local Public Health funding) and 1,075.9 FTE state merit positions. With the Deputy Secretary, Chief Public Health Scientist, and Chief of Staff, this position will strengthen and support public health infrastructure among PHS Units including the Laboratories Administration, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Officer of Health Care Quality, Office of Population Health Improvement, Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, State Anatomy Board, Vital Statistics Administration, and Local Health Departments. Key responsibilities will include organizational development, short and long term strategic planning and leadership direction to finance and grants management, personnel management, and facilities planning. This position will create systems, processes and structures to improve the functioning and efficiency of the Public Health Serivces Administration work to be able to meet the MDH vision and mission. Public Health Serivces has also received an influx of federal funding to support the COVID-19 pandemic response and this position will create systems and structures to ensure the success of this investment in the state's overall public health infrastructure.


Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, six years of professional health or human services administrative experience, including three years of professional experience in public health administration, and three years of experience at the supervisory or management level.

A Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of general experience. A doctoral degree may be substituted for two years of general experience.  A Master's degree or Doctorate in public health may be substituted for one or two years public health experience.


Desirable candidates should possess the following:
  • Knowledge of essential public health services and core functions; 
  • Skills in leading teams to accomplish goals;
  • Ability to plan and direct routine operations and special projects by developing and implementing short and long-term plans with a particular emphasis on fiscal and human resources;
  • Experience establishing goals, standards, timelines and accountability measures to meet objectives and oversee their achievement; and, 
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing and managing large, complex budgets.


This is an Executive 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.

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