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Deaf-Blind Specialist

Recruitment #12-005298-003




Workforce and Technology Center  2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position that provides training, case management, technical assistance, consultation, and coordination of services to individuals who are deaf-blind, their families and professionals serving individuals who are deaf-blind.



The Deaf-Blind Specialist will provide the support necessary to assist individuals with finding suitable employment and/or increasing their level of independence within the home.  The Deaf-Blind Specialist’s role involves case management, advocacy, consultation, assessment, technical support, service coordination, training, transition planning, job placement and development.  Develop inter-agency agreements or procedures to facilitate the coordination of services to individuals who are deaf-blind. 


Education:  Possession of a Master’s Degree or at least 36 hours of equivalent post-baccalaureate course work..  Masters degree in human services, rehabilitation counseling or a related field is preferred. 


Experience:  Three years of professional experience in vocational rehabilitation, public relations or in a closely related field.  Three years experience involving work with individuals who are deaf-blind. ( Preferred)


Note: For purposes of qualifying experience in a closely related field includes, but is not limited to employment counseling, vocational assessment, teaching, vocational guidance, social work, human services work, or public relations work in support of persons with disabilities.

1.       Two additional years of experience may be substituted for the Master’s degree or 36 hours of equivalent post- baccalaureate course work.


2.The above requirements are set by the Maryland State Department of Education in accordance with Educational Article, Section 2-104.


The Deaf-Blind Specialist has considerable knowledge of the culture and unique needs of individuals who are deaf-blind; is able to use American sign language and other alternative forms of communication systems.  Knowledge of assistive technology used by individuals who are deaf-blind.  Knowledge of planning, facilitating, and the coordination of training programs; ability to lead others in the development of new programs; ability to teach and/or work with disabled adults with special needs; knowledge of current employment trends and opportunities; ability to work as a team member, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; knowledge of the planning process including development of goals, objectives, strategies and performance measures;  skill in facilitation of groups; knowledge of the administration and direction of rehabilitation programs including laws and State and Federal regulations pertaining to the state plans and the rehabilitation process; knowledge of personnel management and budget administration; ability to meet deadlines; ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with agency administrators, State, Federal and Local officials and with the general public; ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions and assessing program needs; requires statewide travel and attendance at some evening meetings, ability to utilize electronic data processing and similar systems.


State of Maryland Health Benefits


Applicants must complete the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Application for Employment indicating Job Title - Staff Specialist III-Blindness & Vision Services, Baltimore, MD .  Please list  Announcement Number 12-005298-003. The Application, resume and any support documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications and possesses the Essential Requirements for the position.  Completed applications must be directed to Denise Metzger, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. 


For inquiries or an MSDE Application, please call the JobLine (410) 554-9396, TDD (410) 554-9399, or visit our website  or visit applications must be received by the Closing Date.  Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

 Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.