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Recruitment #23-002266-0001


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.




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


Provides academic and personal counseling to youth in a highly disciplined atmosphere; conducts group and individual counseling using the most effective methods.  Assists with educational and work goal setting.  Relates corps experiences to real world challenges. Instructs Life Coping Skills and Job Skills at FCA. Collects and maintains all placement, mentor and cadet files for residential and post residential classes.

Position Duties include but are not limited to

·Provides counseling to at risk youth. 

·Helps cadre with education requirements for graduation. 

·Relates corps experiences to real world challenges.   


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: One year of experience providing direct services, counseling, case management or supervision and guidance to emotionally or socially maladjusted, delinquent, victimized, or exceptional juveniles in a community or residential setting.


1. Candidates may substitute sixty credit hours which includes 15 credit hours in the social or behavioral sciences or criminal justice from an accredited college or university and two years of experience providing direct services, counseling, case management or supervision and guidance to youth in a community or residential setting for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree in the social or behavioral sciences or criminal justice from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned office in Social Services classifications or Social Services specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology and Welfare field of work, on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


You must have your COVID vaccination for this position.


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 Resources.

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that 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.

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.


1. 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.

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.


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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