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Recruitment #22-002012-0001


You must have your COVID-19 vaccination for this position!!

The Maryland Freestate Challenge Academy (FCA) is one of the original 10 state Challenge Programs.  FCA is a tuition-free program which offers at-risk adolescents 16 to 18 years old an opportunity to change their future for the better by providing the skills, education and self-discipline needed to become responsible, productive citizens. The initial program consists of a 22-week residential phase. During this phase the cadets learn self-discipline, leadership and responsibility. Participants live and work in a controlled military environment, encouraging teamwork and personal growth. A 12-month post-residential phase focuses on helping enroll graduates in continued education, technical school programs or entry-level employment. During the post-residential phase, students are assisted by at least one trained mentor from the community for further development. 

Help young Marylanders who want and deserve the opportunity to acquire their GED and a path to a better tomorrow.  Join and help lead a dynamic team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to helping these young people.

This position is located on a military installation and you will need to be able to enter the facility by passing a DOD background check for entering installations




Maryland National Guard Freestate Challenge Academy  
Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) - Edgewood Area  
Building E4230 Beal Road
Gunpowder, Maryland 21010

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Main Purpose of Job

A Military Youth Worker Lead is the lead level of work providing supervision and guidance to youths (cadets) enrolled in a voluntary quasi-military residential program operated by the Military Department. Employees in this classification serve as role models and mentors to youths in the program, observe and interact with youths, assist them with group life skills, and advise them of programmatic requirements. Employees in this classification assign, review and approve the work of and train lower-level Military Youth Workers. To monitor, supervise and direct cadets who are participants in the Maryland National Guard Freestate Challenge Program. Maintain discipline in the corps, and provide practical guidance that will enable the cadet to complete the program and function effectively in society. Maintain a safe environment.


Position duties include but not limited to:

* Maintains physical security over watch of cadets
* Enforces safety standards and maintains accountability for cadets
* Establishes and maintains order and discipline
* Enforces the rules and policies, which promote good personal health and hygiene practices
* Ensures that cadet medications are administered as prescribed, and documentation is correct
* Transport or coordinates transportation of cadets to work projects, activities and outside appointments
* Provide liaison with sponsors of community service and work projects
* Ensure the resource support for all projects and activities is coordinated
* Conducts and records daily inspection of the billet.
* Record and report any deficiencies and needed repairs to his supervisor
* Conducts a daily inspection of his subordinates
* Insures his subordinates have a current copy of the current training schedule, cadet and staff handbook, cadet accountability roster and any communication device assigned
* Receive a briefing from the outgoing shift supervisor and briefs the oncoming supervisor on all pertinent information.* Daily inspection of all assigned vehicles for deficiencies
* Reviews, assesses and evaluates individual and team performance of cadets.
* Inputs data into national database
* Participates in corps program activities
* Plans, coordinates and evaluates extra-curricular activities for the student population
* Prepares and submit a work schedule for subordinates three weeks out insuring that all upcoming events and activities are properly staffed and resources available are properly allocated


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: One year of experience providing supervision and guidance to youths in a quasi-military environment.

Note: Candidates may substitute U.S Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Social Service Aid and Assistant classification or Social Service Aid and Assistant specialty codes in the Social Services, Psychology and Welfare field of work for the required experience. 


You must be full vaccinated for COVID-19 for this position.


1. Employees in this classification will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid leading to certification. These certifications must be kept current as a requirement of residential childcare licensure by the Department of Human Services. 

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland. Employees promoted within the classification series may be required to operate large vans and buses to transport youth offsite. Employees assigned these duties will be required to obtain a Class C Maryland driver’s license and maintain less than 5 points on their driver license.


1. Candidates for positions will be required to apply for a criminal background check as required by the Family Law Article, Section 5-561, Annotated Code of Maryland, as well as the ability to pass a Child Care and Federal background check in order to access the military installation and a review of the National Sex register.

2. Employees in this classification are required to successfully complete training as indicated by the National Challenge Program, such as one-week basis course for all Challenge Program staff and advanced courses on specific job responsibilities. 

3. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs. 

4. This position also requires a valid Maryland Motor Vehicle operator's license class C with less than 5 points in order to operate state vehicles.

5. Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached. 

6. You must have your COVID vaccination for this position.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. 


This position is not subject to Bargaining MOU’s.



Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification.

A copy of your proof of eligibility (DD214) for Veterans’ Credit must be in this office and completely verified before Veterans’ Credit will be approved.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application to:

Maryland Military Department State Personnel Office

29th Division Street, Room B10 

Baltimore, MD 21201-2288


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Nick Pindale at Fax: 667-239-5550


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.

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