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Deputy Secretary of Community Operations

Recruitment #23-009405-0001


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

Join an agency and leadership team committed to transforming young people’s lives, creating safer communities, and creating a fairer system by holding justice involved young people accountable while building on their strengths.

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is an executive agency whose primary task is to support young people involved in the juvenile justice system.​ By law, the Department of Juvenile Services is a child-serving agency responsible for assessing the individual needs of referred youth and providing intake, detention, probation, commitment, and after-care services.




217 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

Position Overview
  • Empowers community operations staff to improve how young people and families experience the juvenile justice system and increase youth and community safety outcomes
  • Leads strategic reform initiatives focused on holding young people accountable while creating pathways for success in a system that values equity, inclusion, and safety
  • Initiates and manage collaborative partnerships with justice system stakeholders, including young people, families, community organizations, law enforcement, state and local governments, child-serving state and local agencies, judiciary, and legal counsel
  • Manages and coaches an executive team to implement and cultivate innovative strategies aimed at connecting youth and families to developmentally-appropriate, evidence-based, and culturally-relevant services, supports and opportunities and achieving positive outcomes for young people
  • Coordinates with other Departmental units, such as those responsible for equity and inclusion initiatives, residential and support services, and research and evaluation functions to develop a cohesive approach to supporting staff, young people, families, and communities
Core Responsibilities
  • Statewide intake operations, including DJS-led diversion efforts
  • Statewide alternatives to detention programs that include electronic monitoring, contracted programs, and DJS operated evening reporting centers
  • Statewide community supervision (probation) and reentry (aftercare) operations
  • Implementation of community-based reform strategies
  • Coordinate between other child-serving systems and agencies to jointly implement initiatives to meet the diverse needs of young people and their families

More information related to the Maryland Department of Juveniles Services can be found at


Education: A Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education.

Experience: Ten (10) years of experience working with Executive Leadership. Five (5) years of direct experience working with youth under court supervision or in youth justice, alternative community placements, or equivalent direct service experience with youth.


The preferred candidate for this position will possess the following:
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Law, Behavioral Health, or Legal-related studies preferred;
  • Demonstrable evidence of developing a team and organizational strategy and being accountable for its results;
  • Significant experience designing and implementing diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement initiatives;
  • Significant experience and knowledge of community reinvestment strategies and implementing initiatives and programs grounded in positive youth development


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 and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a period of one (1) year.


The assessment will be a rating of your resume based on your education, training, and experience as it relates to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate educational and employment information on your application. Please make sure to provide sufficient information on your application to show the qualifications for this recruitment. For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. Please note that your answers on the supplemental questionnaire must correspond to the information provided on your application to receive credit. Applications that do not include a completed supplemental questionnaire will be considered incomplete and may be subject to disapproval. Please report all related experience and education. Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your resume to show that you meet the qualifications for this leadership role.



Online application process is strongly urged.  However, if you are unable to apply on line you may mail a paper application and copy of license/certificate to the address below or fax a paper application and copy of license/certificate to the fax number below.  If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for this recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:      


Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit

217 E Redwood Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Attn: Philip Deitchman, Director of Human Resources

Fax number 410-333-4188

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay


Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required or if you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please, contact Philip Deitchman, Director of Human Resources at Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin. 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


DJS is an equal-opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Specifically, we value diverse experiences regarding the educational background and justice system contact.


DJS values the experience gained by veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.


Bilingual applicants and people with disabilities are welcome to apply for all recruitments.


Candidates with lived experience relating to the criminal/juvenile legal system are encouraged to apply.

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