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Emergency & Grant Planner

Recruitment #23-002586-0131


When you join the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS), you join a team of more than 5,000 employees across the state dedicated to positively changing the lives of more than 1 million Marylanders each year. We do this by providing economic support, preventive services, and caring for children and adults. 

We aim to deliver services so that we more quickly meet the needs of the people we serve. At DHS, we grapple with hard questions to find new ways to foster a culture of bold innovation. We do this to ensure that in Maryland, we leave no one behind.




Maryland Department of Human Services 
Office of Emergency Operations 
311 W. Saratoga Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

Department of Human Services (DHS) is the State lead for SCF Human Services: Shelter, Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Feeding and Housing. DHS is also the State Lead for Disaster Social Services Recovery. The position involves assessing and evaluating possible sources of emergency/disaster events, creating a plan to address the shelter, mass care and emergency assistance needs of those emergency/disaster events. This position must also network and communicate with other State, Federal and local government, and private agency partners to represent the needs of DHS as the lead for SCF Human Services and Social Services Recovery; to ascertain changes to State plans; acquire and exchange knowledge and information as it pertains to the leadership and involvement of Human Services/Social Services Recovery. 

This position also acts as the administrative coordinator for all disaster response functions, including travel deployment, real-time document creation during emergencies and disasters and routine office administrative office procedures.


  • Composes correspondence for the office, types correspondence, tables, charts, graphs and forms from draft copy, corrected copy or oral instruction using a computer, distribute meeting notes. 
  • Maintains important and confidential records. 
  • Assist with inventories and procurements as necessary, and to inform plan development. 
  • Research, construct, develop, analyze, and evaluate emergency plans, with special emphasis on disability integration (access functional needs). 
  • Create, evaluate and observe exercises of emergency plans of the Local, State and Federal Governments and SCF Human Services partners. 
  • Assist with developing exercises to assess plans.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

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

Experience: Four years of administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for- year basis for the required experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications. 

Six months of professional disaster response experience, or community outreach and engagement experience.

Six months of professional experience leading the development of multi-agency response plans.

Six months of professional experience using Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Advanced Excel, and PowerPoint, for the creation of reports and documents.


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.


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.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


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.
  • Positions may be eligible for telework.


The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to, Department of Human Services, Examination Services Unit, 311 W. Saratoga Street, First Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Or email Voice 410-767-7416, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347. 


All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 


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 

Do not submit unsolicited documentation.

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 applicants are encouraged to apply.


We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

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