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Director of Dementia Services and Brain Health

Recruitment #22-002943-0005






MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control/Cognitive Health Program, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This is an exciting position to build the new Brain Health Program in the Department, establishing a public health response to prevent Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as addressing support to those who are experiencing cognitive decline.

This position will coordinate the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA)'s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CCDPC)'s Cognitive Health Program (CHP) and its approach to addressing Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia and cognitive/brain health. This position will support, monitor and coordinate a wide range of strategic Statewide cognitive health programming, policy and planning activities. This position will also provide staff support to the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)' Advisory Council.

Additionally, this position will oversee the implementation of the State of Maryland's plan on ADRD. This position will collaborate with the CCDPC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Data Team to develop and monitor implementation milestones and measurable outcomes, in order to assess the progress of the State's plan on ADRD. Furthermore, this position will build partnerships and seek alignment with State of Maryland agencies which aid individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

To add on, this position will manage all program procurements, grants, and contracts, as appropriate, depending on funding availability. Such funding will be sought to support the CHP through applications for grants which align with MDH’s approach, along with that of the State's plan on ADRD. Finally, this position will oversee aligned activities in the CCDPC, including healthy lifestyles and data and evidence regarding dementias and cognitive health.

This is a hybrid position.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Six years of professional experience in health services, three years of which must have been in health services professional clinical or administrative services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions, and four years of which must have been at the managerial or supervisory level.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or Doctorate degree in a health or human services field from an accredited college or university for up to two years of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field, plus an additional year of professional experience in health services, for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a Commissioned Officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Health Services Administration specialty codes in the health-related field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should have experience writing and managing grants. He/she should also have experience securing grant applications.


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. 

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.



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

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which 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, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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