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Recruitment #23-005482-0038




MDH, Office of the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Serivces, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position functions as the PHS Data Modernization Director for the Maryland Department of Health, Public Health Services (PHS) Administration, working in the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services (ODSPHS).  In FY2022, PHS had a budget of $890 million (including core local public health funding) and 1,076 FTE state merit positions. PHS Units include the Laboratories Administration, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Office of Health Care Quality, Office of Population Health Improvement, Office of Preparedness and Response, Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation, Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, State Anatomy Board, Vital Statistics Administration, and local health departments.

This position will strategically direct the public health data modernization program for PHS by addressing needs and gaps identified by a deliberate, systematic assessment of the data ecosystem within PHS. The data ecosystem includes both the technical data infrastructure and the public health workforce that relies on and works with the data infrastructure and the data itself. This position will combine deep expertise in public health programs with expertise in the development, maintenance, operation, enhancement, and configuration of data systems.  This position will manage a Public Health Data Modernization unit that will carry out the responsibilities of this position and will also serve as the primary liaison between ODSPHS and the MDH Data Office, the MDH Office of Enterprise Technology, MDH leadership, and other key partners.

Key responsibilities include taking a PHS-wide approach, and working in close coordination with partners across and external to PHS, to implement modernization activities by conducting gap analyses and needs assessments and then developing data modernization and data-related workforce development plans accordingly.  The position will oversee the implementation of both data modernization and workforce development plans. The position will ensure that data modernization activities are appropriately selected and proceed in a coordinated and collaborative fashion, such that all diseases and conditions addressed by MDH are considered for modernization. This position will work across all of PHS and coordinate with program recipients of various funding streams for data modernization activities.


Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, six years of professional experience working in a public health or health-related field, including at least three years of supervisory experience.

Candidates can substitute additional experience in public health or a health-related field at the rate of 1 year of experience for 30 credit hours, up to 4 years of experience.


Preferred candidates should possess the following:

  • Expertise in the development, maintenance, operation, enhancement, and configuration of governmental public health data systems
  • Documented experience working with internal and external partners to implement technical solutions for public health needs
  • Has understanding of federal (CDC, ONC, etc.) data modernization landscape; and,
  • Has expertise in developing and leading governmental public health programs.


This is a Management Service 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. 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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