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Assistant Secretary of Community Resources

Recruitment #24-005483-0007


This Management Service position serves at the Appointing Authority's pleasure.

A resume must accompany your application.

MISSION: To transform young people’s lives, create safer communities, and forge more equitable systems through community-based partnerships that hold youth accountable while building on their strengths and support systems. 

VISION: Providing pathways to success for youth and families through partnerships across Maryland.




Office of the Secretary
217 E. Redwood Street 
Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Assistant Secretary of Community Resources is a new multifaceted position with responsibilities that impact a broad range of youth-focused services with the primary goal of leading all activities to develop, support, implement, manage, monitor and improve a robust continuum of services, supports and opportunities for all youth who come into contact with the Department of Juvenile Services. The continuum includes all contracted, granted, leveraged and brokered services provided to Children in Need of Supervision (CINS), youth under pre-court (diversion) supervision, youth involved in detention or detention alternatives, community supervision (probation and aftercare), and services for youth who have been court ordered into a private or state-operated out-of-home placements. This position concentrates on creating a well-rounded approach to the provision of youth-focused services, consistent with public safety needs, yet addresses youths' needs and contributes to their social development in the least restrictive environment. A focal point of the Assistant Secretary position is the development of partnerships with DJS youth, families, staff and other community partners to create and implement a framework for a community-based continuum of care grounded in the principles of positive youth development that encompass a range of services, supports and opportunities, including, but not limited to, mentoring; life-coaching; work experience; job exploration, development and placement; vocational training; high school diploma and GED preparation; connections to post-secondary education; tutoring; substance abuse and mental health services; individual and family counseling; recreation and sports; arts and music; civic engagement and service; positive peer interactions; leadership development; self-advocacy; housing; transportation; and child care assistance.

The Assistant Secretary and team will also be responsible for coaching, supporting and monitoring DJS Regional and Local Resource staff in the development of local continua of care consistent with the state framework in each region and county that reflect local needs, capacity and resources and is informed by local stakeholders, including impacted youth and families. 

The Assistant Secretary will also manage the Workforce Development Unit, the Placement Unit, the Licensing and Monitoring unit and the Contract Management Unit.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in the social or behavioral sciences, public or business administration, economics, political science, or criminal justice from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Seven years of relevant experience developing, managing and/or monitoring community-based services, support and opportunities for youth, especially justice-involved youth and/or emerging adults. 

Note: Candidates may substitute possession of a relevant master’s degree and two years of the required experience.


Applicants must meet the minimum and selective qualifications to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications. 

Three years of senior management experience is required.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Experience partnering with system and community stakeholders and system-impacted youth and families.
  • Knowledge of positive youth development, evidence-based practices, and juvenile justice policy, programs, and practices.  
  • Knowledge of equitable and culturally proficient programs and services.


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.


The evaluation 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 related to this position.



The online application is preferred. However, if you are unable to apply online, you may email or mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to the address below or fax a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to the fax number below. If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number located at the top of the bulletin, and the last 4 digits of your SS#. Paper application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date for this recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted.

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services   
OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit   
Attn: Keenan Townes  
217 E. Redwood Street  
Baltimore, MD 21202

Fax number 410-333-4188

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact the DJS Office of Human Resources at Include the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

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

Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments.

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.

Candidates with lived experience relating to the criminal/juvenile legal system are encouraged to apply.

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