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Recruitment #23-007522-0001




Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health Services develops and oversees behavioral health clinical director for the Maryland Department of Health.  This position functions at the executive level and provides oversight, including budget and fiscal management, grants management, and direction of staff, policy development and strategic planning for providers throughout Maryland.  Other duties include establishing and implementing medical guidelines, clinical practices, policies, procedures, standards and controls; evaluating the implementation and outcomes of programs and coordination with public and private agencies providing similar services; collaborating and consulting with physicians and psychiatrists in preparation of activity short and long-range plans.  A successful physician applicant will be required to exercise clinical expertise and may provide hands-on patient and clinical services.

This position will enhance the Behavioral Health Administration’s mission by ensuring the availability of a full range of services, seamless linkages to services for the consumer delivered through a system of integrated care; recognition that co-occurring conditions are common, focusing on treatment, behavioral health, support, recovery, and resilience; developing services in collaboration with stakeholders in an environment that is culturally sensitive; and improving health, wellness, and quality of life for consumers across the life span.


Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and six years of professional experience working in a behavioral health setting or administratively overseeing a behavioral health site, and three years of experience at the supervisory or managerial level.

A Master's degree in a behavioral health field will substitute for one-year behavioral health experience; a Doctorate degree in a behavioral health field for two years.  Related advanced degrees preferred.

Physician applicants should apply on the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health - Physician Option recruitment.


Preferred candidates should possess the following:

  • Background with analytics in behavioral health policy and planning;  
  • Experience in public health-level analysis and action; and, 
  • Experience providing testimony and advice to the General Assembly pertaining to behavioral health issues.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority. A resume must accompany your application.

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.

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 Maryland Department of Health offers the following benefits:
  • Meaningful Work 
  • Excellent Health Benefits Package, including Medical, Vision, Prescription and Dental 
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Reduced Child and Health Care) 
  • Generous Leave Benefits (6 Personal Days, 12 Regular Holidays, Annual Leave, 15 Sick Days) 
  • Retirement  
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Flexible Work Schedules (where applicable) 
  • Free Mass Transit (Baltimore metro area) 

For a full list of the benefits of working for the State of Maryland please click the link below: 




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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