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Out of Home Program Manager

Recruitment #22-000194-0010


The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state’s primary social service provider, serving over one million Marylanders annually.  The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, aggressively pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.  DHS works in every community in Maryland to positively impact the lives of Marylanders. 

This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




Department of Human Services 
Washington County Department of Social Services 
122 N Potomac Street  
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main Purpose of Job

The Washington County Department of Social Services is seeking a motivated and knowledgeable individual to join our Child Welfare Team as a Out of Home Program Manager. 

This position serves as a Program Manager for Child Welfare Services at the Washington County Department Of Social Services. This position will provide supervision and management of a Child Welfare Team which involves planning, managing, directing, training, monitoring and evaluating the activities of professional and paraprofessional staff who provide Permanency Planning (Foster Care) and other Child Welfare Services as assigned. This position will direct significant efforts toward assuring the safety of children, preserving and strengthening families, remedying the conditions that may contribute to abuse and neglect of children, developing judicious and expedient permanent plans for children who enter the agency’s custody, overseeing concurrent plans when needed and helping to assess appropriate family members and adoptive families for children who can not return home and moving those cases forward, (seeking and attaining TPR’s for identified children, and referrals and preparation for children to move into adoptive services).


Including but not limited to:

Organize and conduct staffing to provide case direction and oversight of the completion of Critical Incident Reports and Action Controls.
Ensure appropriate and effective execution of best practices in out-of-home placement/permanency.
Ensure data is enter accurately and timely in CJAMS
Ensure children in foster care receive timely and appropriate services as required by Federal and State regulations and policies.

Plans, organizes and supervises the work of Unit Managers and administrative staff. Provides direction and administrative oversight to ensure quality services and provision and compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations.
Approves and monitors Workday and leave for employees.
Completes job descriptions and performance evaluations for employees.
Evaluates work and provide feedback to employees.
Provides clinical supervision to licensed graduate social workers

Fiscal Responsibilities
Provides management and oversight of all Out of Home Budgets


Education:   A Master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

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


1. These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services Article 4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Maryland 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.

Possession of a LCSW-C License


The ideal candidate will possess:

Two years of experience in budget preparation, presentation, and execution.

Two years of demonstrated ability to network and build community partnerships

Three years of experience working in OUT-OF-HOME Placement or Foster Care program.


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must be licensed by the Maryland 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. The desired/preferred qualifications will be used to further screen the application.

Successful candidates will be placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

If you are in state service and are a promotional candidate, your salary will be determined in accordance with the State of Maryland Salary Guidelines.


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.



Applicants who meet the minimum 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 (any may be requested prior to interview).

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be accepted.

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other state agencies.

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact Katy Zeger at or 240-420-2139

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.

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