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Deputy Assistant Director, Adult, Child and Family Services


Recruitment #24-005477-0020


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. 




Maryland Department of Human Resources

Washington County Department of Social Services

122 N. Potomac Street

Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main Purpose of Job

This position is responsible for assisting in the direction and coordination of complex programs and/or a group of programs. This position is responsible for the supervision and management of a designated Child Welfare programs which involves planning, managing, directing, training, monitoring, and evaluating the activities of professional and paraprofessional staff that provide social work, case management, and planning to other Child Welfare Services as assigned. This position assists in the formulation of departmental and local policies, devises and installs work procedures and administrative controls, guides the staff in the overall planning of program activities, and reviews the efficiency of programs. This position is a member of the executive leadership team at WCDSS and as such is expected to attend executive meetings, leadership meetings, assist in the development of and implementation of the agency wide strategic plan, assist in the maintenance of accreditation, and work to implement the priorities of the administration, county, and agency.


Job duties include:
-Supervises administrative and supervisory positions and their subordinates. 
-Develops and installs administrative procedures and evaluates their efficiency. 
-Implements and oversees program and policies including Grant Management.
-Oversees budgets and contract monitoring for multiple programs. 
-Ensures audit compliance.


Education:   A Master’s degree in social work from an accredited college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

Experience: Seven years of professional experience in a social work capacity in a public or private agency or institution, five years must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.


1. These requirements are established by the Social Services Administration by authority provided in Human Services Article 4-204 of the Annotated Code of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Budget and Management, Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, does not have authority to accept substitutions or equivalents.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Applicant must possess an LCSW-C.


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

Three years of experience managing budget allocations.

Three years demonstrated experience with compliance measures; using data driven decisions.

Three years demonstrated experience in strategic planning and/or implanting strategies to improve outcomes.


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.

● 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.




This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Washington County Department of Social Services at (240) 420-2510.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated. This office, with your approval, will verify your prior applicable work experience. In order to receive full consideration for time worked, please complete dates of employment in its entirety and identify the number of hours worked for each entry.

College transcripts are not required for review of your application and do not need to be forwarded. Please clearly indicate your college degree and majors on your application. If selected for an interview, you may be required to bring an official transcript with you. For all foreign education obtained outside of the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service if selected for an interview.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred; however, the paper application may be submitted to Washington County Department of Social Services, Attn:  Jennifer Kane 122 N. Potomac St. Hagerstown, MD 21742. The paper application must be received by 5 p.m. close of business on the closing date of the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. The previous Maryland State (MS-100) will not be accepted.

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 candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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

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