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Recruitment #23-009606-0003


When you join the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS), you join a team of more than 5,000 employees across the state dedicated to positively changing the lives of more than 1 million Marylanders each year. We do this by providing economic support, preventive services, and caring for children and adults. 

We aim to deliver services so that we more quickly meet the needs of the people we serve. At DHS, we grapple with hard questions to find new ways to foster a culture of bold innovation. We do this to ensure that in Maryland, we achieve Governor Wes Moore’s pledge to leave no one behind.

This is an Executive Service position that serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority

This position has been reposted.  Applicants that already applied, do not need to reapply. 


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Department of Human Services
Family Investment Administration
311 W. Saratoga Street 
Baltimore MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

DHS is seeking a strong administrator with extensive leadership experience with social services programs to serve as the Executive Director of the Family Investment Administration (FIA). 

The position, based in Baltimore City, leads a central office staff of more than 250 individuals and develops and manages a $2.9 billion operating budget. This position is the principal advisor to DHS’s Secretary and Deputy Secretaries on all economic programs. The Executive Director of FIA provides cooperative leadership on all policies, legislation, regulations, and initiatives related to Family Investment Administration programs. This position oversees a wide range of programs throughout the state, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Energy Assistance, Temporary Disability Assistance, Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees (MORA) , Emergency Food Assistance, Homeless Programs and works in close partnership with State’s Medicaid agency in the determination of eligibility provided through 24 Local Departments of Social Services across Maryland. 

This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of Maryland families. We are transforming the way we serve families by putting them first and building a prevention-based approach to more effectively engage with children, families and adults.


Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of executive level experience in the administration of human service programs.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Extensive leadership experience with human service programs which includes responsibility for fund and budget administration, program planning, implementation, and administration.
  • Experience and knowledge working collaboratively with community stakeholders and federal agencies.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, strong communication skills, ability to implement change, motivate staff, and build and maintain relationships with federal, state, and local partners.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list.  The resulting list may be used for future vacancies with this agency or other state agencies.


As an employee of the State of Maryland, you will have access to outstanding benefits, including: health insurance, dental, and vision plans offered at a low cost. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE DETAILS:   STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

·       Personal Leave - new State employees are awarded six (6) personnel days annually (prorated based on start date).

·       Annual Leave - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

·       Sick Leave - fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.  

·       Parental Leave - up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

·       Holidays - State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year.  

·       Pension - State employees earn credit towards a retirement pension.

·       Positions may be eligible for telework.


Online applications are STRONGLY preferred.  If the online application process is not available, please send your paper application and resume to: Department of Human Services, HR Office, Attention: Heather Braddy, 311 West Saratoga Street, First Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Or, email Voice 410-767-0855, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347.  

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

Do not submit unsolicited documentation.

The paper application must be received by 5 PM on the closing date for the recruitment. 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay, 1-800-925-4434.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Bilingual applicants and  people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

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