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Full-Time Contractual

Recruitment #23-002588-0048




MDH Office of Preparedness and Response, Operations
7462 D Candlewood Road
Hanover MD 21076

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of this full-time contractual position is to support the Office of Preparedness and Response (OP&R) through training, exercise, evaluation, planning, and operations activities including:

Program Management & Coordination• Manage and implement the MDH and OP&R training and exercise programs • Coordinate training and exercise requirements across Public Health and Medical SCF • Manage and budget all training and exercise funds through the PHEP, HPP, CDC Cooperative Agreements, etc. that exceeds $100,000 per fiscal year • Develop annual multi-year Public Health and Medical Integrated Preparedness Plan (IPP) that is in compliance with multiple federal cooperative agreements and state requirements • Serve as a liaison to the Maryland Department of Emergency Management – Training & Exercise Unit • Participate in the annual Statewide IPP development process and workshops • Provide technical assistance to all local jurisdictions and State facilities for various training and exercises as part of the PHEP and HPP cooperative agreement • Develop programmatic materials to submit to the federal partners (CDC and ASPR) as part of budget periods and project periods
Training, Education, & Professional Development• Develop and implement a departmental training program that includes training requirements based on position, function and role • Develop and deliver customers training courses for MDH and Public Health and Medical State Coordination Function (SCF) stakeholders • Coordinate the delivery of FEMA (EMI and CDP), NDPC, RDPC, and other federal training courses for personnel • Deliver NIMS and ICS training courses for MDH personnel • Develop a process to provide professional development to staff and stakeholders • Oversee the training and professional development of all staff with the OP&R

Exercise• Develop and deliver HSEEP compliant discussion-based exercises to include seminars, workshops, tabletop exercises (TTX), rehearsal of concept (ROC) drills, games and wargaming for a wide range of audiences (departments, regionally, Statewide, etc.) • Develop and deliver HSEEP compliant operations-based exercises to include drills, enhanced TTXs, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises for a wide range of audiences (departments, regionally, Statewide, etc.)

Evaluation• Develop and implement a departmental After Action process for post-incident/post-event evaluation and the production of an After Action Report (AAR) • Develop and implement a departmental Correction Action and Improvement Planning process to track and actionize deficiencies and gaps identified in the AAR • Engage in the revision process of any preparedness plans that stem from the after action or corrective action process

• Preparedness Support & Consequence Management• Support the development of preparedness and operational plans and planning products • Staff the MDH Departmental Operations Center, as directed, to support consequence management operations for an incident or event • Serve on an MDH Incident Response Team that supports the MDH DOC, local health departments, or other public health and medical operational coordination centers • Support departmental initiatives and projects

This position will function on a 24/7 status and may need to respond for a public health emergency and provide own transportation. This position is eligible for telework per the Director of OP&R’s leadership.


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

Experience: Six 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 and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work 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.


The desired candidate should possess previous experience in the following:
- training and exercise for adult professional development
- conducting drills and exercises on the local, regional, State or Federal levels
- communication, both written and verbal
- assisting with and responding to real life emergencies

The desired candidate must also have their own transportation and a valid driver's license, which is required for travel.


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.


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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