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Chief of Staff


Recruitment #23-005484-0024


The Secretary of Labor is seeking a talented and experienced professional to function as the Chief of Staff for the Maryland Department of Labor. This position will determine the issues requiring the attention of the Office of the Secretary, anticipating needs, and setting priorities for the Labor’s actions, strategies, policies and procedures. Is responsible for the central coordination of the Secretary’s office functions, activities, and execution of the day-to-day operations. Other job duties include communicating the Secretary’s programmatic and policy making decisions to the MD Labor Senior Leadership Team and subordinate staff. Identifying issues of primary interest to the Secretary and determining the scope of research and analysis needed and courses of action to drive to completion; responding to programmatic and policy matters involving each program executive or official within MD Labor; and, representing the Secretary at meetings and events, as necessary, and may convene meetings on behalf of the Secretary or Deputy Secretary.




1100 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to facilitate collaboration and communication within the Office of the Secretary (OOS) and between the OOS and other divisions within the agency; direct resources and time; and manage decisions and processes to advance the key goals of the Administration and the Department improvements. Act on behalf of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary to steer key initiatives from conception to completion. Represents the agency in inter-agency and external communications. Drive decision-making processes to ensure rapid response and alignment with agency goals. Manage communication and information flow with other Administration components and other governmental bodies to meet agency objectives and goals.


Duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

Lead and manage staff, allocate resources, and direct operations within the Office of the Secretary to accomplish agency priority goals. Establish and manage business processes; oversee key correspondence, information flow and priority scheduling for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary.

Steer key cross-division strategic initiatives from genesis to fruition by scheduling, planning and leading decision-making meetings and processes and tracking attainment of key goals; pinpointing and addressing core issues and stumbling blocks, both internally and externally; teeing up key decisions that need to be made by the Secretary and Deputy Secretary; ensuring timely decision making and follow-through and execution once decisions are made. 

Serve as key communications and information link with other Cabinet agencies, the Attorney General and Comptroller’s office, the Governor’s office, federal government and other senior political officials. Oversee outreach and communication with key stakeholders and assist the Secretary and Deputy Secretary in maintaining those communications.

Work with Division heads to drive strategic planning and execution of agency priorities. Identify and propose solutions for issues that need addressing across the Department.


EducationBachelor’s Degree

Experience: Five Years professional and or administrative experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree in public administration/policy or business administration.

Project Management - Three (3) years.


All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the Division of Unemployment Insurance (Labor/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to Labor/DUI as a result of unemployment insurance overpayment/fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.


Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 

All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered. Applications that meet minimum and/or selective qualifications will be referred to the hiring unit for interview selection. Units will select those candidates most closely demonstrating the qualifications for interview.

You may submit a resume with your application.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


This is a full-time, permanent position and eligible for full State benefits, which include:

Flexible hours and hybrid teleworking

Paid holidays 12-13 per year

Generous paid leave package (annual, sick, personal and compensatory leave)

State Pension ("defined benefit" plan)

Tax-deferred supplemental retirement savings plans (401(k) and 457)

Free parking

Comprehensive, subsidized health, dental and prescription plans with little to no deductibles, free generic prescriptions, and free preventative health services

Flexible Spending Account plans for Health Care and Daycare

State Employees Credit Union


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U.S. Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. Any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing a U.S. Military form DD 214 verifying honorable discharge from service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Permanent State employees do not need to submit proof of Veterans’ status. 

If you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

MDOL Office of Administration
Attn: Ernestine Hyman  23-005484-0024 
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Rm. 101
Baltimore, MD 21201

The MD State Application Form can be found online

For additional information, please contact Ernestine Hyman at 410-230-6298 or via email

Maryland Department of Labor, is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of DOL that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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