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SUD Youth Outreach Coordinator (FULL-TIME - CONTRACTUALS)

Recruitment #22-000484-0014


This position has 2 vacancies 




Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045


The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Youth Outreach Coordinator is responsible for engaging the youth population with information, referral guidance and Peer Support Services, and to also strengthen partnerships with community providers that provide Early Intervention and/or Outpatient levels of care to this population. The SUD Youth Outreach Coordinator will additionally support the Project Coordinator in recruiting participants for the Life Skills Training (LST) and Guiding Good Choices (GGC) evidence-based interventions.

This position is eligible for hybrid telework. 

50% Outreach 
  • Engage with community youth providers offering Early Intervention and/or Outpatient levels of care. Network and educate through telephone, electronic (email) and onsite contacts (presentations) with community providers, that need information on services being supplemented.
  • Provides information, referrals, and guidance to potentially vulnerable youth in danger of engaging with substance use behaviors. Facilitate connections with Peer Recovery Support Specialists to provide additional assistance and lived experience to identified youth seeking guidance.
  • Recruit participants for the Evidence-Based Program (EBP) Interventions. Engage and assist the Project Coordinator with securing participants for both the Life Skills Training and Guiding Good Choices cycles.

20% Initiative coordination of Youth SUD Prevention efforts
  • Support the Project Coordinator with the initial planning and preparation duties in order to facilitate the EBP interventions.

20% Social Media Content Development
  • Develop youth-appropriate messaging for the Health Department’ s social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Research best practices and tips to produce engaging and impactful messages around substance use prevention topics, resources and services that will resonate with the youth population.

10% Other duties as assigned by the Bureau/Deputy Director.
  • Performs other related duties, including but not limited to accepting responsibility for special projects as assigned, participates in appropriate professional education and training for roles and responsibilities of work assignments, as requested or approved by supervisor, and -participates in Emergency Preparedness drills or actual events.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling or a related field.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in health services, two years must have been in the Health Services option.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the Health Services option must be as follows: professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus one additional year of professional experience in health services for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care   Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Desired qualifications:
- Experience in collaborating with groups or stakeholders/internal partners 
- Teaching Assistant/Teacher Experience
- Bilingual 
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office 
- Strong writing and communication skills 
- Willingness to participate in outreach activities


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. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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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