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Recruitment #24-005483-0015


Move Outside the Predictable 

Where innovative businesses, stunning vistas and historic downtowns converge. Where the
Appalachian Mountains rise over green valleys, with beautiful lakefront views, canoeing, bike
trails, and festivals. Yet only two hours from Washington D.C., Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
Maybe it's time to make the move outside to Garret County, Maryland.




MDH, Garrett County Health Department, Oakland, MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Health Officer, an executive level position in the Garrett County Health Department. The Garrett County Health Department is a Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) accredited health department.  The Health Officer plans, directs and administers all aspects of activities and operations of Garrett County Health Department, including establishing and overseeing overall policies and procedures, program goals and plans, as well as personnel and financial resources, while managing all programs through a staff of 150 individuals and a budget of $19 million. 

Job Duties include: 

  • Responsible for directing programs that have a broad scope and major impact on agency missions and operations including directly or indirectly supervising technical, professional, or administrative staff. 
  • Representing the Garrett County Health Department before Federal, State, and local officials, legislative committees and senior managers and executives of other agencies concerning program activities. 
  • Reporting to the Maryland State Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Garrett County Board of Health (County Commissioners).
  • Determining the public health needs and issues of the department and will design programs to meet those needs while recommending changes when appropriate. 
  • Advocating for public health with the media community, social service agencies and other community organizations in Garrett County. 
  • Promoting and stimulating interest in public health issues that have been identified by national, state and/or local communities. 


Knowledge of: 
  • Application of medical science to public health practices and principles; pertinent laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations governing public health; 
  • Currents trends, concepts, and advances in public health; 
  • Causes and modes of transmission of communicable diseases; and,
  • Basic principles of budgeting and supervision.  
Ability to: 
  • Plan, organize, and provide direction for public health programs; direct and supervise staff; 
  • Prepare clear and concise reports; represent the County and the State effectively in meetings with others and make formal presentations to various groups; and,
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and State staff, the health care community, and the public.


Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Public Health or related field with two years’ managerial experience in public health or at least five years’ experience in the field of public health.

Preference will be given to a public health professional with a senior leadership background, executive management experience, and a Master’s Degree.


Preferred candidates should possess the following:

  • Experience managing/supervising professional and administrative staff
  • Experience developing and managing a multi-million-dollar budget
  • Experience in developing relationships and partnerships with senior management, community groups, advocacy groups and legislators
  • Past government experience
  • Strong communications skills with experience in public speaking and presentation
  • Strong team building and motivational skills


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.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
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