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CONTRACTUAL/Staff Specialist I- Business Services/50%-Part-Time

Recruitment #13-999999-603


DIVISION OF REHABILITATION SERVICES                                                                        





2301 Argonne Drive

Baltimore, MD  21218

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position in the field of vocational rehabilitation responsible for planning, developing and coordinating programs and initiatives to promote competitive employment outcomes for persons who are blind or visually impaired consistent with their skills, capacities and vocational choices.


Promote and market the employment of persons with significant disabilities by developing active partnerships with businesses and business related organizations such as the local Chambers of Commerce, Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM), Business Leadership Networks, Community Colleges, One-Stop Workforce Development Centers and Economic Development offices.  Provide technical assistance to businesses regarding interviewing and hiring persons with disabilities, disability etiquette, tax credit opportunities and reasonable accommodations.  Coordinate customized training program opportunities with local businesses and DORS Business Services staff.  Consult regularly with VR Specialists and provide technical assistance regarding individual consumer employment goals and job readiness.  Facilitate employment-related workshops providing training on job readiness activities for DORS consumers.  Provide resource information and consultation on a regular schedule regarding business trends, economic development and workforce opportunities to support staff responsible for providing career guidance to persons with significant disabilities.  Serve as an integral member of the agency’s statewide business services team.


Education:  Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in a business related field (preferred) or rehabilitation counseling or a closely related field.

Experience:  One  year of professional experience in business and/or job placement and job development or professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field.  Bilingual skills preferred.



1. Additional experience as defined above directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Bachelor’s degree at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education.

2. Possession of a Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

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


Knowledge of:  local business organizations; business operations; economic development initiatives; practices relating to job search and employer outreach activities; laws and regulations governing the vocational rehabilitation program, workers’ compensation, social security and social services.  Ability to:  communicate effectively with different professional populations; meet established performance standards; develop and deliver group employment programs; evaluate the job readiness of persons with disabilities; provide basic information on possible worksite accommodations and analyze and interpret medical, psychological and vocational reports.  Skills to:  operate an automated client tracking system and communicate effectively using Microsoft Office products.




Applicants must complete a State of Maryland online application for Employment. If  you are unable to submit a online application , please download a paper application .(Please indicate on your  application the listed vacancy announcement number  that you are  applying  for (Part-Time)Contractual-Staff Specialist I - Announcement #13-999999-603- Baltimore, MD.  The Application and any support documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications and possesses the Essential Requirements for the position. Please fax any supporting documents to (410-554-9397.) To obtain a Position Announcement and a State Application, please call the JobLine (410) 554-9396.  TDD # (410) 554-9399, or visit our website or DORS website Completed applications and inquiries must be directed to Denise Metzger, DORS Personnel, Division of Rehabilitation Services, 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218.  All applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.  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.  This position has been designated as a Special Appointment.The selected applicant must consent to a criminal background investigation as a required security procedure for all employees who have access to Social Security Administration records and systems. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in nonselection or termination of employment.

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