State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $64,565.00-$103,661.00 Yearly




This is a professional planning work of the most complex nature in the specialized field of regional or State comprehensive health planning or planning regulation, involving substantial supervisory and/or administrative responsibilities.

An employee in this classification is responsible for ensuring that one or more planning or planning regulation programs on an area of Statewide basis are carried out expeditiously and properly. The employee is required to formulate program and project goals and objectives and, with advice of subordinates responsible for given projects, approve scopes of studies or reviews, research and statistical methods, and field work activities to be undertaken in connection with such projects.

The employee is responsible for evaluating the progress of the assigned programs(s), for periodic revision of such programs(s) and program objectives, and for preparing budgets in connection with these programs.

The work involves constant contact with State, federal, regional, and local officials engaged in some form of planning or program administration, as well as contact with representatives of private institutions, organizations, and associations within the health industry.

The employee receives general direction from the agency director or from a designated deputy, associate, or assistant director. The employee is responsible for training, direction, and supervision of professional and technical personnel assigned to the program(s). The employee also oversees, coordinates, and supervises the work of private consultants retained to carry out work of an extremely complex and technical nature. Work effectiveness is evaluated in terms of the timeliness, quality, and completeness of assigned major projects.


Provides technical advice to areawide agencies for comprehensive health planning or planning regulation; Reviews and reports on operational progress of areawide agencies: Develop legislative proposals in the field of comprehensive health planning or planning regulation: Directs the development of planning system design and implementation: Maintains relationships with hospitals and other health care institutions, professional and industry associations in the health field, federal, State and local agencies and officials in health insurance; Directs planning regulation programs, developing and modifying guidelines and regulations for the conduct of reviews, and coordinates areawide or Statewide agency actions in review approval and implementation; Initiates and develops comprehensive and regionally and/or functionally oriented programs; Coordinates comprehensive health planning or planning regulation by scheduling, supervising, and evaluating reports, studies, reviews, and plans prepared by specialists having responsibility for various elements (e.g., health manpower, health facilities, ambulatory care, project review) comprising the comprehensive health planning or planning regulation process; Participates in the negotiation of agreements or contracts with federal, State, and regional/local agencies; Recommends and advises in the development of agency policy; Supervises and trains subordinate professional and technical employees; Assists in the work of the agency advisory council in those specific areas of responsibility; Performs other related duties.


Expert knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of local, regional, State and federal health planning or planning regulations; of the interrelationships of social and economic problems and comprehensive plans effecting the health resources of a given area; of basis statistical and research principles applied in the collection of various planning data; of the interrelation of local, State, and federal health laws and planning; of the methods and procedures involved in the preparation and submission of comprehensive reports and recommendations for the maximum effective utilization of health resources available to the area and to the problem;

Working knowledge of State, federal, and local health planning and planning regulation program and procedures;

Ability to direct professional subordinates in determining the interrelationships between health needs and comprehensive planning governing the use of available health resources of a given area; to coordinate and direct the preparation of comprehensive health plans and their various elements, which would include recommendations for the maximum effective utilization of physical, human, and financial resources in private and public facilities and services system; to coordinate and regulate such systems, particularly in terms of reviewing proposed future services for conformance to existing comprehensive health plans and to encourage the development of planning capability in individual facilities, institutions, and related groups in the health industry; to supervise groups of professional planners and subprofessional and clerical personnel engaged in developing comprehensive plans; to present comprehensive health plans with their recommendations to governmental and non-governmental organizations; to communicate effectively among many professional disciplines, State and local officials, institution executives, and the lay public.


Education: Possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Health Planning, Public Health, Health Science, Hospital Administration or Health Care Administration.

Experience: Seven years of professional experience in health planning, one year of which must have included supervisory responsibilities for a professional staff within a health planning unit.


1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the fields identified above and one year of recent, professional experience in health planning may substitute for the required Master’s degree.

2. Possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in the field identified above may substitute for three years of the required general experience.

3. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and two years of recent, professional experience in health planning may substitute for the required Master’s degree.

4. Applicants may substitute experience in health or hospital administration for up to four years of the required general experience on a year for year basis, provided the applicant has at least one year of recent experience in health planning.

5. Health Planning experience obtained in a State Health planning and Development Agency or in a Health System Agency as designated by Public Law 93-641 may substitute at the rate of three months for four months of the required general experience.

6. General Health Planning experience as required above is defined as experience obtained in a professional capacity in an operation established solely for the delivery/evaluation of health services (e.g. Hospitals, H.M.O.’s, Insurance Companies). Such experience must have been the primary purpose of the position during the time in question. Health Planning duties which are performed only incidentally are not considered as qualifying.




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 Revised

Jan 1, 2015

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 002349; EST: ; REV: 1/1/2015;

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