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Recruitment #23-002085-0001


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

Are looking for a rewarding career with great benefits, pension, generous leave, competitive salary, with the opportunity for advancement and professional growth? Apply to join the Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy team today!

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 future.  Join a dynamic team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to helping these young people thrive!


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.




This position will monitor, supervise, and direct cadets who are participants in the Maryland National Guard Military Youth Corps, Freestate ChalleNGe Academy. Maintain Discipline in the corps and provide practical guidance that will enable the cadet to complete the program and function effectively in society.

Position Duties included, but not limited to

·Escorts groups of youth to and from daily activities in formation and supervises their conduct during movement and daily routines. 
·Serves as platoon leader with responsibility for multiple squads of cadets. 
·Observes individual and group behaviors in order to encourage leadership and followership principles. 
·Acts as role models for youth enrolled in the program by modeling appropriate behaviors, leading teambuilding activities and maintaining military decorum. 
·Attends national training courses and other in-service training in order to meet employment requirements, advance skills, and interact with youth workers in similar programs. 
·Conducts and instructs youth in physical training. 
·Oversees youth and maintains order in dormitories and may be the senior person on-site, when assigned to the night shift. 
·Reports incidents to supervisors and lead workers, takes witness statements, and prepares incident reports regarding behavior of assigned youth for review by supervisors, lead workers and program administrators. 
·Inspects residence areas for safety, security and cleanliness. 
·Assesses emergency and crisis situations, makes appropriate contacts and referrals, and provides interim emergency medical and other assistance as necessary until specialized assistance is available. 
·May drive vans or buses to transport youths to off-site activities.


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

Experience: One year of experience working with groups of children or youth in a structured environment, such as in a recreation center, institutional or school setting.


1. Candidates may substitute thirty credit hours including 9 credit hours in the behavioral or social sciences from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute fifteen credit hours including 3 credit hours in the behavioral or social sciences from an accredited college or university for six months of the required experience.

3. 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 have your COVID-19 vaccination 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.


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

2. Candidates for positions in this classification will be required to apply for a criminal background check as required by the Family Law Article, Section 5-561, Annotated Code of Maryland.

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.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. 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. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after the closing date.


This position is not subject to Bargaining MOU's.


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.


· 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.



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 Katie Powell at 
Fax: 667-239-3559

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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