State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $52,687.00-$84,552.00 Yearly




This is professional social work as an administrator in the Department of Human Resources. The employee in this classification directs the program of resource development in the Office of Child Welfare. The position in this classification is responsible for coordinating programs in the Department of Human Resources with other State agencies for the purpose of integrating those programs into a uniform effort to deliver optimum services to children in Maryland. The work requires the resolution of problems, modification of existing systems and development of alternate resources to improve the delivery of those services. Personal contacts are with administrators of public and private agencies and usually involve sensitive or controversial issues. The employee may represent the Department in work with advocacy groups, social service boards and committees, and community groups.

The position in this classification reports to the Director, Office of Child Welfare Services and acts in the absence of the Director. The employee is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in decision making and in developing new programs, services and resources.

Work effectiveness is determined through consultation, and evaluation of program results.

The position is responsible for supervision of other professionals.


Directs a program of child welfare services;

Designs and implements program initiatives to effectively match available resources to the needs of children in foster care;

Designs and supervises a Statewide system of foster care providers such as foster homes, specialized foster homes; shelter care, group homes, residential treatment, independent living facilities;

Develops recommendations for new or revised procedures, policies, and standards to improve services to children in foster care;

Supervises recruitment, licensure and negotiated rate-setting for foster care providers;

Acts as an advocate for the program;

Negotiates with other State agencies and administrations within the Department of Human Resources on behalf of the program and coordinates new activities with existing programs;

Represents the program in the community and in meetings with local, state, and federal representatives and officials;

Develops the program budget;

Supervises the collection of data, conducts studies and prepares reports to the State legislature regarding the delivery of services;

Performs other related duties.


Expert knowledge of social work methods and practices; Knowledge of State and Federal laws relating to child welfare programs;

Knowledge of innovative, model programs in child welfare services;

Knowledge of the special needs of children in foster care;

Working knowledge of techniques and procedures for managing a public social service program;

Knowledge of budget development and administration;

Knowledge of supervision and personnel management;

Ability to develop innovative programs for foster children with special needs;

Ability to develop and coordinate policies, procedures, and standards to improve services to children in foster care;

Ability to evaluate services and plan initiatives;

Ability to interpret and apply State and Federal laws to program operations;

Ability to present ideas;

Ability to represent the program before community groups, the legislature, and other State agencies.


Education: Possession of a master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university and based on a graduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Five years experience in child welfare services with responsibility for the operation or supervision of foster care programs. Note: These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Section 1 of Article 88A of the Annotated Code of Maryland, and the Department of Budget and Management does not have authority to accept substitution or equivalents.


1. Candidates must be licensed by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State Service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply pending receipt of the required license. When the license has been obtained, submit a copy to the Department of Budget and Management to remove pending status.

2. Candidates appointed to positions in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties may be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Date Established

Aug 1 1986 12:00AM

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 000204; EST: 8/1/1986; REV: ;

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