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Recruitment #24-005484-0005





MDH, Developmental Disabilities Administration, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This is a senior management position in a major administration of the Maryland Department of Health. Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, this position is responsible for the overall management of the service delivery system that supports more than 25,000 persons with developmental disabilities statewide with a budget of approximately $2.1 billion. The position is responsible for the management of all services (case management, provider services, self-direction, nursing, behavioral health, employment, transitioning youth, children and family services, housing, technology, and person-centered planning) and the agency’s quality assurance efforts.

The Director of Programs is responsible for ensuring statutory deadlines are met, services are efficiently executed, all services achieve goals and are operating within the guidelines of federal/state laws, regulations, waivers and department policies and procedures. The Director of Programs ensures that service philosophy and delivery align with the program and agency vision, mission and values and leads program development and improvement, including the promotion of person-centered planning and self-direction. The Director of Programs establishes and oversees program systems, structures, clinical practices, and policies and procedures, with a focus on maintaining and improving efficiency, effectiveness and quality of services while ensuring programs address the needs of Maryland’s developmentally disabled population. Additionally, the Director of Programs focuses on the management of the service delivery system including a network of nearly 300 private providers. 

The Director of Programs is also responsible for capacity building and program development to ensure the needs of people with developmental disabilities are being uniquely met depending on their individualized needs.


Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and at least 6 years of professional health or human services experience, including 3 years of professional experience working with people with developmental disabilities and 2 years of supervisory or managerial experience.

A master’s degree will substitute for one year of general experience. A doctoral degree will substitute for two years of general experience.  Additional experience will substitute at the rate of 30 credit hours for one year of experience, up to 4 years.


Preferred candidates should possess the following:

  • Experience managing service delivery systems for people with Intellectual disabilities. 
  • Superior knowledge of services for people with intellectual disabilities, including, case management, self-direction, nursing, behavioral health, employment, transitioning youth, children and family services, housing, technology, and person-centered planning. 
  • Knowledge and experience with quality assurance efforts for people with intellectual disabilities.


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)

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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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