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Assistant Chief for Emergency Planning


Recruitment #24-005472-0002



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.





Department of Human Services
Division of Administrative Operations
311 W. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for all aspects of the multiagency emergency response planning process for functions delegated to the agency by the state emergency response plan or by the executive staff at the Department of Human Services. This position is responsible for the overall planning, preparation, coordination, operation and readiness of the ad hoc response programs required by the department. This position will be overseeing the multi-agency State Coordinating Function Human Services committee. This position will perform field-leadership positions during emergency response events, and is an essential employee who may be deployed anywhere in the state during plan activations. 


  • Directs planning priorities, and oversees planning positions which create multi-agency plans.
  • Acts as lead author, or supervises the creation of all necessary plans and SOPs, following Federal guidelines for inception, review and completion.
  • In coordination with operations and recovery positions, creates response programs, for specific scenarios, including required documentation: scopes of work, intake, deliverables, training, publicity documents.
  • Develops working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and similar laws, policies and guidance, to ensure plans and operations are compatible with Federal, State and local laws and best practices.
  • Creates presentations for meetings, as required.


Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Sociology, Emergency Management, Public Health or similar closely-related major.

Experience: Two years of professional leadership experience. One year of professional experience in disaster response, shelter work, emergency health services, armed forces, law enforcement, firefighting or similarly trained emergency response.  


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  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.


Online applications are STRONGLY preferred.  If the online application process is not available, please send your paper application and resume to: Department of Human Services, HR Office, Attention: Heather Braddy, 311 West Saratoga Street, First Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.

Or, email Voice 410-767-7855, toll-free: 1-800-332-6347.  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.

The paper application must be received by 5 PM on the closing date for the recruitment. 

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay, 1-800-925-4434.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Bilingual applicants and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country and encourage them to apply.

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