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Division Chief, Policy & Program Management

Recruitment #23-002943-0004




MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau/Center for Harm Reduction Services, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The mission of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)'s Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau (IDPHSB) is to reduce the transmission of HIV and help Marylanders who are living with HIV/AIDS have longer and healthier lives. The IDPHSB is dedicated to primary and secondary prevention of HIV transmission in Maryland. In partnership with impacted communities, the Bureau develops, funds and evaluates effective Adult Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Infection, and HIV prevention and treatment programs. The Bureau also provides training, support and technical assistance, in order to develop the capacity of agencies and individuals to successfully deliver those interventions and services.

The Center for Harm Reduction Services (CHRS)’ strategic goal is to reduce substance-related morbidity and mortality by optimizing services for people who use drugs. This includes preventing the transmission of infectious diseases, such as HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), through the successful expansion of the Syringe Services Program (SSP), as well as through engaging people who use drugs in other harm reduction services. The Center’s vision includes a Maryland where people who use drugs have access to compassionate, quality care that is free from stigma and does not allow one's experience of past trauma, criminal legal involvement, and/or racism to determine one's health outcome and/or quality of life. The Center's vision also includes services which are low-barrier, community-based, and comprehensive for people who use drugs.

This position will direct programs which carry out the CHRS' mission that is unique within MDH. This position will also oversee the daily operations of PHPA's Division of Policy and Program Management, including directing the Overdose Response Program (ORP) and the Center’s own programs, including the Syringe Services Program (SSP), ACCESS Grants Program, and Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program (OENDP). Additionally, this position will oversee special projects, such as the Rapid Analysis of Drugs (RAD) and ACCESS Telehealth.

Furthermore, this position will interpret statutes and establish overall policies and procedures for their implementation, specifically two statute-defined programs: the ORP and SSP. This is a position that will manage, plan and organize the work-related activities of a team that will consist of six (6) to ten (10) people, with the goal of meeting Statewide, Center, and Department goals.

To add on, this position will be responsible for overseeing the budget of all program and grant initiatives, in addition to conducting all activities from the solicitation, awarding, monitoring, and development of outcome reports for the two grants programs. Programs are funded by federal grants, including two SAMHSA State Opioid Response grants, which support naloxone distribution through the ORP and the ACCESS harm reduction grants. Finally, this position will ensure the completion and quality of all special projects.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Six years of professional experience in health services, three years of which must have been in health services professional clinical or administrative services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions, and four years of which must have been at the managerial or supervisory level.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in a health or human services field from an accredited college or university for up to two years of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field, plus an additional year of professional experience in health services, for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Health Services Administration specialty codes in the health-related field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should have professional experience with harm reduction, as well as experience with developing and/or executing overdose prevention strategies. The desired candidate should also have experience with change management and team building.


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.



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 which 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, at 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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