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Recruitment #24-002586-0045


Are you looking for a rewarding career with great benefits, pension, generous leave, competitive salary, and the opportunity for advancement and professional growth? Apply to join the Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy team today!

The Maryland Freestate ChalleNGe Academy (FCA) is one of the original 10 state Challenge Programs.  FCA is a tuition-free program which offers at-risk adolescents, 16 to 18 years old, an opportunity to change their future for the better by providing the skills, education and self-discipline needed to become responsible, productive citizens. The initial program consists of a 22-week residential phase. During this phase the cadets learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility. Participants live and work in a controlled military environment, encouraging teamwork and personal growth. A 12-month post-residential phase focuses on helping enroll graduates into continued education, technical school programs or entry-level employment. During the post-residential phase, students are assisted by at least one trained mentor from the community for further development. Help young Marylanders who want and deserve the opportunity to acquire their GED while progressing on a path to a better future.  Join a dynamic team of individuals who have dedicated themselves to helping these young people thrive!




Maryland National Guard Freestate Challenge Academy
Aberdeen Proving Grounds (APG) - Edgewood Area  
Building E4230 Beal Road
Gunpowder, Maryland 21010

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to monitor, supervise and direct cadets who are participants in the Maryland National Guard Military Youth Corps, Freestate ChalleNGe Academy. This position will maintain discipline in the corps and provide practical guidance that will enable the cadets to complete the program and function effectively in society.

The Commandant is a management position that reports directly to the Deputy Director of FCA. They will serve as the Commandant of cadets and cadre by providing and demonstrating leadership, respect, and integrity, while ensuring a smooth operation of the FCA facility.The Maryland Military Department is seeking a candidate that will provide leadership, supervision, and motivation to not only cadets, but staff as well. This position will work closely with the Deputy Director and Director to ensure that the program is adhering to the standards that have been set by the agency, as well as providing a positive and invigorating environment for the cadets to thrive and develop in.


Position Duties include but are not limited to:

1. Providing supervision to the Assistant Commandant.
2. Overseeing the development and training of all cadre staff.
3. Providing counseling to FCA cadets.
4. Assist cadets with education requirements for graduation.
5. Providing effective communication with the Deputy Director, Director and FCA staff.
6. Investigate and report instances of cadet and cadre misconduct in accordance to policies.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Four years of administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for- year basis for the required experience.


1. Two years of the following:  Prior military experience such as Military leadership, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Non-Commissioned Officer, Drill Instructor, Tech Instructor or similar training.
2. Supervisory experience:  providing supervision to multiple employees.
3. Two years of experience providing supervision to at-risk youths.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties that 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.


1.  Selected candidate will be subject to a criminal background check as required by the Family Law Article,Section 5-561, Annotated Code of Maryland. The candidate will also be subject to a Childcare and Federal background check in order to access the military installation.

2.  Employees in this classification are required to successfully complete training as indicated by the National Challenge Program, such as a one-week basic course for all Challenge Program staff and advanced courses on specific job responsibilities.

3.  Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.

4. This position also requires a valid Maryland Motor Vehicle operator's license class C with less than 5 points in order to operate state vehicles.

5.  Employees within this classification series may be required to operate large vans and buses to transport youth offsite. Employees assigned these duties will be required to obtain a Class C Maryland driver’s license

6.  Employees in this classification may be subject to call-in 24 hours a day and, therefore, may be required to provide the employing agency with a telephone number where they can be reached.

7.  Employees in this classification will be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid leading to certification. These certifications must be kept current as a requirement of residential childcare licensure by the Department of Human Resources.


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.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.

Resumes will not be used in lieu of a completed application.


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.




Online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application by the closing date to:

Maryland Military Department State Personnel Office
29th Division Street, Room B10
Baltimore, MD 21201-2288

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Kira Williams at; Fax:667-239-3559

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. A copy of your proof of eligibility (DD214) for Veterans’ Credit must be in this office and completely verified before Veterans’ Credit will be approved.

People with disabiliies 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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