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POLICY ANALYST- Child Protective Services and Family Preservation

Recruitment #19-000383-0003







Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for the development of certain plans, policies and procedures for Child Protective Services (CPS) and Family Preservation Services (referred to as In-Home or Consolidated Services) for Social Services Administration within the Department of Human Services to achieve safety, permanence and well-being needs of children. The Policy Analyst develops training for Administrators, Supervisors and Caseworkers in the Local Departments of Social Services (LDSS) and other child welfare professionals; provides consultation and technical assistance to local departmental staff, governmental agency, private agency, and analyst to legislators; monitors local departments for program effectiveness and compliance with State and Federal laws, regulations, and policies; conducts reviews that may require face-to-face discussions with local department Caseworkers, Supervisors, Administrators and Assistant Directors for service; participates in taskforce and committee meetings, workgroups, and may sit on various boards related to child welfare concerns; represents the program and administration on all In-Home related Maryland Children Electronic Social Service Information Exchange (MD CHESSIE) needs (review of build specifications: assist with logistics for testing and speaks for the program during planning discussions).


Education: Possession of a Master's degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Six years of professional experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency or institution, three  years of which must have been in administrative, supervisory or consultative capacity.


1.  These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services §4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, does not have authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2.  Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.



Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Two years of the required minimum qualification experience must have been in a public or private Child Welfare agency working with victims of sexual abuse.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

1. Three years experience with CIS and MD CHESSIE appropriate to represent SSA and child welfare on matters related to designing, building, and testing of the automated system.
2. Five years experience interpreting child welfare policies and law. 
3. Five years experience with direct child welfare or family services 
4. Experience with prioritizing and multi-tasking effectively.
5. Experience with time management, priority setting, and problem-solving skills.
6. Strong written and oral communication skills.
7. Flexibility in a busy environment.


1. Candidates filling positions in this classification must be licensed by the Board of Social Work Examiners.

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


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 as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire. The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service is required prior to hire.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:

Department of Human Services, Examination Services Unit, 
311 W. Saratoga Street, Room 135, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201 

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by 5 P.M. on the closing date. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application. If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-0882. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time. If you have any questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please call 410-767-7414. 

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

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