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Recruitment #23-005223-0001




Maryland Department of Health, Office of Communications, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Director of Communication for the Maryland Department of Health is responsible for the coordination and execution the Department’s communications strategy for all five administrations, including Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, Medicaid, Public Health and Operations.  Job duties include:

  • Directing, reviewing and approving strategic messaging across the State;
  • Directing communication best practices, including the use of the MDH brand and communications policies;
  • Directing, reviewing and approving strategic messaging across the State;
  • Directing development of and creation of all matters of communications materials across the five administrations; and,
  • Supervision of deputy directors and content managers.

Other responsibilities include monitoring meetings with stakeholders, policymakers and advocates; working with MDH administrators and Governor and Lieutenant Governor's staff to help plan events; and, preparation of briefing materials and talking points on issues related to the agency's areas of jurisdiction.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Journalism, Public Relations or Communications and six years of professional experience in public relations, communications, or journalism/marketing work.   

Note:   A Master’s degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Public Administration or Business Administration may be substituted for two years of professional experience.


The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills and public speaking ability, computer and video marketing experience, an understanding of how to use digital media effectively, and experience working with the media.


This is a Political Special Appointment position and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

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. 

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 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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