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Out-Of-Home Administrator

Recruitment #22-000194-0003


The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider, serving over one million Marylanders annually.  The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.  DHS works in every community in Maryland to positively impact the lives of Marylanders. 

This is a Management Service position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




Department of Human services
Wicomico County Department of Social Services
201 Baptist Street, Suite 27
Salisbury, MD 21801

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Administrator for the Out-Of-Home section in the local department's Child Welfare Division, and reports directly to the Assistant Director for Services. The selected candidate will be responsible for administrative and clinical supervision for all out-of-home placement services, as well as exercising responsibility for budget creation, monitoring, and execution, as well as providing oversight of the county’s respite services program, the Family Centered Practice Initiative, and the Independent Living Program for Out-of-Home and In-Home customers.


This position provides administrative and clinical supervision for all out-of-home placement services; i.e. foster care intake, regular foster care, kinship care services, adoption services, post-adoption services, the adoption subsidy program, the guardianship assistance program, foster/adoptive family services, and voluntary placement services. This position creates funding plans, executes, and monitors the spending of Adoption Promotion, Recruitment and Retention, and advises the Assistant Director of spending need of the overall flex funds. This position also provides supervision to the county’s respite services program, the Family Centered Practice Initiative, and the Independent Living Program for Out-of-Home and In-Home customers.


Education:   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, five years must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.


1. These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services        Article 4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Maryland 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.


1.  Must be licesned as a LCSW-C for a minimum of 18 months
2.  One (1) year of the experience must be in Child Welfare


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Three (3) years of supervisory experience.
  • One (1) year of the supervisory experience must be in Child Welfare unit in a local Department of Social Services.


Limited to candidates willing to accept employment in Salisbury, MD.  Salisbury is located in Wicomico County, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and is approximately 2 hours southeast of Baltimore, MD; 2.5 hours east of Washington, D.C.; 2.5 hours north of Virginia Beach, VA; and 3 hours south of Philadelphia, PA.  You can view our location in Google Maps here.


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must be licensed by the Maryland 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. The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.   For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.




As an employee of the State of Maryland, you will have access to outstanding benefits, including: health insurance, dental, and vision plans offered at a low cost. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE DETAILS: STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

  • Personal Leave - new State employees are awarded six (6) personnel days annually (prorated based on start date).
  • Annual Leave - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.
  • Sick Leave - fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.
  • Parental Leave - up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Holidays - State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year.
  • Pension - State employees earn credit towards a retirement pension. 



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Wicomico County DSS, 201 Baptist Street, Suite 27, Salisbury Maryland 21801. 

If you have any questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please email Amy Sterling at  

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 410-767-0603 or 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

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

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