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Assistant Director for Family Investment Administration

Recruitment #22-002730-0005


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




Maryland Department of Human Services

Harford County Department of Social Services 

2029 Pulaski Highway

Havre De Grace MD, 21078

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Assistant Director of the Family Investment Administration for the Harford County Department of Social Services. Responsible for leading and guiding administrative, supervisory, and line staff, ensuring that the work of the division results in high quality services to people in economic need, the promotion of independence, and a high degree of compliance with all programs and audit requirements, ensuring that the activities of the divisions staff support the vision, mission, and objectives of the strategic plan of Harford County Department of Social Services and The Department of Human Services.


This position leads staff to ensure their work results in the provision of high-quality services in compliance with Federal, State, and local policies and procedures, by using the team approach, demonstrating good decision making and problem-solving skills, and fostering an atmosphere of continuous improvement. Guides administrators, supervisors, specialized positions and all staff to ensure the work of their teams result in the accurate, appropriate application and provision of public assistance benefits and services by maintaining a working knowledge of programs/procedures/automated systems, establishing expectations, coaching, meeting training needs, and providing feedback on a regular basis. Monitors and evaluates programs, processes, and outcomes of administrators, supervisors, and staff by using the Eligibility and Enrollment (E&E) case review tool, automated reports, customer feedback, direct observation and the Maryland Performance Planning and Evaluation process to ensure program compliance. Initiate and maintain open and effective communication within the office, with DSS service sites, with vendors and community partners. Present information and instructions up and down the chain of command clearly both in written and oral forms. Prepares, manages, and monitors a budget in excess of one million dollars and monitors facilities contracts.


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Eight years of experience in administrative, professional or technical work, three years must have involved        supervision of other employees or exercising responsibility for program development.


1. Candidates may substitute graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 credit hours   on a year-for-year basis for up to two years of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute additional professional or technical experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Administrative Officer classifications or Administrative Officer specialty codes in the General, Administrative, Clerical, and Office Services field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education, two years must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.


·   One year of experience in preparation, execution, and monitoring of program budgets.
·   One year of experience in developing and implementing operating procedures to ensure the effective administration of public assistance programs in accordance with State and Federal requirements.
·   One year of experience in monitoring programs to ensure compliance with State and Federal requirements.
·   One year of experience creating, fostering and maintaining relationships with community partners, government agencies, and local organizations
·   One year of experience in creating and monitoring contracts with community partners.




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 the 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 HERE FOR MORE DETAILS).

 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.


Teleworking opportunities may be available for this position.


If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Harford County Department of Social Services at (410) 836-4912.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. This office, with your approval, will verify your prior applicable work experience. In order to receive full consideration for time worked, please complete dates of employment in its entirety and identify the number of hours worked for each entry.

College transcripts are not required for review of your application and do not need to be forwarded. Please clearly indicate your college degree and majors on your application. If selected for an interview, you may be required to bring an official transcript with you. For all foreign education obtained outside of the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service if selected for an interview.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred; however, the paper application may be submitted to Harford County Department of Social Services, Attn: Ryan Rowe 2 S. Bond St. Suite 300 Bel Air MD 21014. The paper application must be received by 5 p.m. close of business on the closing date of the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. The previous Maryland State (MS-100) will not be accepted.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is application committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

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