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Recruitment #17-005479-0025




MDH, PHPA, Environmental Health Bureau, Office of Food Protection, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Chief of the Office of Food Protection (OFP) develops, implements, directs, coordinates, and evaluates State food and milk protection ensuring application of best practices and quality services. This position leads policy and program operations across OFP in collaboration with PHPA and in partnerships with federal, state and local agencies. This position provides subject matter knowledge of foods, food ingredients, food processing and handling, foodborne illnesses, food related health issues, and food analysis techniques. This position administers OFP food regulations including enforcement and compliance. Key elements of the position are:

  • Familiarity with the food industry infrastructure and business processes and practice
  • Familiarity and experience with the food regulatory structure
  • Management of food regulatory programs


Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor's degree and 6 years of professional experience in health or human services (2 years of experience may be substituted with completed advanced degree(s)).  Candidate must also have five years of leadership and management experience and four years of supervisory experience.  Candidate must also possess three years of experience with food regulatory programs, food science, food manufacturing, or food safety (1 year may be substituted with environmental health specialist licensing/certification). 

Skills and experience in budgeting, project and grants management, communication and customer service.  Experience in implementation of information management solutions.  Must have strong organizational and planning skills and be able to multi-task.  


Experience with information technology for food permits and licensing, inspections, and web services.

Skills in strategic planning, quality improvement, and systems thinking.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If unable to upload, please fax requested information only to 410-333-5689.  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251. 

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

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.



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 candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.