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Recruitment #24-000194-0001


When you join the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS), you join a team of more than 5,000 employees across the state dedicated to positively changing the lives of more than 1 million Marylanders each year. We do this by providing economic support, preventive services, and caring for children and adults. 

We aim to deliver services so that we more quickly meet the needs of the people we serve. At DHS, we grapple with hard questions to find new ways to foster a culture of bold innovation. We do this to ensure that in Maryland, we leave no one behind.

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

This position has been reposted.  Applicants that already applied, do not need to reapply. 




Cecil County Department of Social Services
170 East Main Street
Elkton, Maryland 21921

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to administer and manage the full continuum of Child Welfare Services and Adult Services in the local Department of Social Services to assure community-based social services are provided to the citizens of Cecil County consistent with the intent of the programs and to provide services in a manner that safeguards the public trust, respects the rights and dignity of the citizens served and promotes the integrity of the family and individual.


  • Directs, coordinates and monitors programmatic compliance of Child Welfare and Adult Service programs to assure services are provided as set forth by law, regulation and policy through the review of internal- and State-generated reports.
  • Develops annual non-allocated budget and manages expenditures for the Services division to ensure adequate resources for programmatic and agency activities during the fiscal year.
  • Evaluates performance of administrative and supervisory employees by reviewing State-generated reports, internal data, community/ employee feedback to ensure a satisfactory or better level of individual and unit performance.
  • Reviews and improves administrative and social work practice and procedures by assessing current functioning through relevant reports, employee and customer feedback, evaluation of employees to seek continuous quality improvement and employee development opportunities.


Education:   A Master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Seven years of professional experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency or institution, five years must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.


1. These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services        Article 4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, does not have authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


One (1) year experience using MS Office Suite  and CJAMS;
One (1) year experience in an MD-DHS agency in Child Protective Services and Home Preservation Services; and
One (1) year experience in testifying in court.


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties are required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  It is important that you report all related education and experience that is relevant to this recruitment qualifications. We will not consider information submitted after this date.  Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list.  The resulting list may be used for future vacancies with this agency or other state agencies.


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 ON THIS LINK FOR MORE DETAILS:   STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

  • 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.
  • Positions may be eligible for telework.


The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to, Cecil County Department of Social Services, 170 East Main St., Elkton, MD 21921 with attention to Sarah Dulin, Assistant Director, Administration.

If you have any questions concerning the recruitment process for this position, please email Sarah Dulin at

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 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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