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Placement Stability Specialist


Recruitment #24-001532-0006


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 one 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.




Maryland Department of Human Services 
Social Service Administration 
Placement Services 
311 W. Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201 

Main Purpose of Job

This position requires the ability to be able to analyze the needs of youth and ensure that the recommended placements are appropriate. Additionally, this position will ensure the availability of resources to meet the needs of children and adults who are in foster care. This position will conduct initial site visits of in-state providers to assess the appropriateness of placement. The Social Services Administration (SSA) is responsible for ensuring that policies and procedures are in place and that the LDSS's are utilizing best practices in their placement efforts.


  • Ensure packets are complete, policies and procedures are followed and timely Out-of-State (OOS) placements occur; Submit weekly placement reports to supervisor; Input, update, and remove private provider profile in the data information system (MD CHESSIE or current child welfare data system) to ensure that information in MD CHESSIE or other child welfare data system is current.
  • Research and conduct initial onsite monitoring visit with new potential providers to ensure appropriateness and effectiveness of the program; Assist the provider partners with any placement, resource, compliance issues, and in-state rejection reviews by conducting weekly conferences with the Behavioral Health Administration; Provide technical assistance for guidance regarding placement services to the local departments. 
  • Assist with the preparation of the annual budget by allocating the monies to the Core Service Agencies Review and monitor performance outcomes of the sites.


Applicants must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before applying.

Education   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations.


1. Candidates may substitute additional professional or technical experience in the administration of a human services program or experience conducting studies and analyses of programs, procedures, practices and organizations on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute graduate level education at an accredited college or university in a human services related field at the rate of 30 credit hours per year for up to two years of the required experience.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

One year of the required experience must have been in the development, implementation and monitoring of certain Child Welfare programs such as (foster care, kinship care, adoption, independent living).


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

One year of experience in the placement of youth in out-of-home care (i.e. Foster care, kinship care, and independent living).

One year of casework experience in a child welfare program.

One year of experience working with foster care providers, local departments of social services, and/or other state agencies.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


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.


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, Department of Human Services, Examination Services Unit, 311 W. Saratoga Street, First Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, or email

All mailed documents must include the applicant's name and the job number and must be received by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the application. 


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 

Do not submit unsolicited documentation.

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 applicants are encouraged to apply.


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