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Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Director


Recruitment #24-004921-0001


"Together, we are building a stronger Maryland."

-  Governor Wes Moore

Do you want to lead a dynamic, innovative team and take your HR career to the next level? Join one of the State of Maryland’s largest agencies, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS)! When you work at DPSCS, it’s an opportunity to support and impact our large workforce, help ensure the public safety of Maryland’s residents and change the lives of returning citizens.


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This is a Management Services position with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority. 




Baltimore City

6776 Reisterstown Road

Baltimore, MD 21215


The purpose of this position is to ensure that all members of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ (DPSCS) Recruitment Unit are adhering to COMAR, MD State Personnel and Pension Articles, and the Agency hiring standards and practices as they relate to all recruitment, examination and retention efforts performed for all positions within the DPSCS. The duties include, but are not limited to, supervision of all recruitment efforts to fill vacant positions, promotional opportunities, test development and validation, and the development and implementation of retention strategies. Responsibilities include:

Policy Administration and Management

  • As a technical expert on state recruitment and examination, establishes procedures and methods for conducting recruitments and examinations for all agency classifications to ensure that sufficient pools of qualified applicants are available for filling vacancies.
  • Ensures that all appointments are made in compliance with the appropriate laws and regulations and resolves appeals/ grievances. 
  • Promotes the development of retention strategies and statistical data collection by implementing strategies as they relate to recruitment, examination and retention.
  • Plans, schedules, coordinates, and monitors promotional processes for mandated positions. 
  • Manages Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Teams.

Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Establishes organizational goals and strategies based on evidence based practices, current trends, statistical data, and workforce forecasting. 
  • Identifies and collects data/information from a variety of stakeholders and sources in an objective, unbiased manner in order to enable strategic and leadership decision making for recruitment and retention.
  • Provides training, guidance and technical assistance and interpretation to Appointing Authorities, Agency Heads, Program Managers and agency HR staff regarding recruitment, examination and retention.
  • Modifies and establishes metrics for staffing and vacancy trends/ reporting. 
  • Plans, coordinates, and attends job fairs/career fairs to represent the DPSCS in the recruitment of qualified applicants and provides technical assistance to DPSCS operating agencies regarding recruitment and selection procedures/guidelines.
  • Validates narrative and statistic reports for recruitment, testing, auditing, budgeting, and reporting.


Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years of professional HR experience involving talent acquisition and full cycle recruitment processes. At least two (2) years of this experience must have been in a supervisory capacity.

Note:  Professional HR management work in the areas of recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, test development and validation or as a generalist may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for up to four (4) years of the required education.


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

  • HR leadership experience to include effectively supervising entry level through managerial personnel. 
  • PHR/SHRM Certification
  • Experience with personnel test development and validation.
  • Experience with State of Maryland Workday, JobAps, and the Hub.
  • Labor relations experience


1. Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.

2. Employees in this classification are required to obtain certification in State Personnel Management System policies and procedures and in the functionality of the Statewide Personnel System from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Maryland Department of Budget and Management within six months from the time of appointment to the position.  Employees are also required to obtain recertification every six months thereafter.


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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


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.




  • 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.
  • Student Loan Forgiveness - Employees with the State of Maryland are eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Mass Transit Benefit​- Permanent State employees are entitled to use the Baltimore Light Rail, the Baltimore Metro Subway, the Baltimore Bus Service


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be emailed to Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment.

If you are submitting additional information, the preferred method is to upload it with your application. All uploaded additional information must be received by the closing date and time. If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to referencing the recruitment number in the subject line. Only additional materials that are requested will be accepted for this recruitment.

For other HR related questions, please contact the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, HRSD-Recruitment Division at 410-585-3999.

Ashley Lohr

If you are having difficulties with submitting your online application, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at <> or 410-767-4850.

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 recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.


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