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Recruitment #23-000484-0005




MDH Garrett County Health Department

Main Purpose of Job

This full-time position will be responsible for planning and operationalizing, as required, Public Health Emergency preparedness and response activities. This individual directs the daily operations and administration of the Garrett County Health Department (GCHD) Emergency Preparedness (EP) program including budget preparation and oversight; development of response plans; training staff on these plans including incident management team; testing plans through the development of exercises and drills. In addition, this position includes reporting on performance measures. This position is accountable for guiding development of strategic and long-term agency planning for biodefense and all-hazards emergencies, which includes research and development of policies. This position requires significant coordination among federal, state, and local agencies; community groups and businesses; and the public. This position will review, evaluate and assist in the development of agency policies, procedures, and plans through an EP lens. This position will take a leadership role in agency and county wide emergency preparedness exercises. The chosen candidate will represent the county as the jurisdictional Public Health Emergency Planner (PHEP). Response outside of normal business hours is required and expected as necessary as part of the duties and responsibilities of this position.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, social work, psychology, education, counseling or a related field.

Experience: Three years of professional experience in health services, two years must have been in the Health Services option.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a health or human service field for one year of the required general experience.

2. Experience in the Health Services option must be as follows: professional clinical or administrative work in health or medical services in areas other than Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities or Addictions.

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

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care   Administration classifications or Civil Affairs Specialist 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 possess experience in the following:
- communication, both verbal and written; 
- organization: proactive, organized and able to flex to other activities quickly and seamlessly; 
- working as a team and developing and maintaining partnerships; 
- in community planning or emergency operations; 
- training in NIMS/ICS; 
- planning and implementing organizational or community events; 
- utilizing computer skills specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.


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 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.

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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