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ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST II- Contractual

WEX Coordinator and Resource Coordinator

Recruitment #17-001756-0051

Introduction

This is a recruitment for multiple full-time contractual positions in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

GRADE

11

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Human Services

St. Mary's County Department of Social Services

21775 Great Mills Road

Lexington Park MD 20653 

St. Mary's County Maryland is approximately 95 miles Southeast of Baltimore, 75 miles Southeast of Washington, DC and 95 miles Northeast of Richmond, Virginia.

Main Purpose of Job

WEX Coordinator:  This position engages Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) applicants and active TCA customers in appropriate work activities and monitor that participation in order to facilitate employment and self-sufficiency of welfare-to-work customers. This will include making a complete assessment of the customers ability to be involved in the DSS Work Program, identify customers strengths, barriers and make appropriate referrals to community agencies for assistance with removing barriers and ultimately job placement. 

Resource Coordinator:  This position aims to build strong foundations for Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) families by working to develop employment opportunities and provide support for individuals seeking to become self-sufficient in a multidisciplinary team environment. By promoting work as the first step towards independence, this will empower families to meet their own life’s challenges through a process leading to unsubsidized employment. This will include the development of a customer driven plan to meet the career goals and monitoring and evaluating the progress on the plan. 

POSITION DUTIES

WEX Coordinator:  Ensures customer compliance with the TCA program, and ensure that agency requirements are being met. Coordinates and monitors the Work Experience activities. Provides case management and referrals to assist customer in working through barriers and obstacles to fulfilling the Family Independence Plan. Facilitates all work program activities to ensure that state and federal guidelines and goals are met by participants. Assesses barriers to employment, risk factors of children and evaluates the capacity of families to provide a safe home environment and utilize support services, such as TCA in order to gain employment. Identifies and develops jobs/employment opportunities for families. Provides current and updated listing of vacancies to customers and co-workers. Matches the appropriate customer with job as determined by employment assessment. Interviews customers to determine degree of job readiness, education, vocational training, occupation qualifications and skills, analyze prior work experience. Contacts employers to determine results of referrals and continue follow-up with employers and customers as deemed necessary. Functions as a team member partnering with families to support their efforts to attain stability and economic independence.

Resource Coordinator:  Develops the Family Independence Plan (FIP) in preparation for the customer’s sustained employment. Assists and supports the customer with solutions to address customer barriers to employment. Places customers in required work activities that promote the customers’ career goals. Identifies and develops jobs/employment opportunities for families. Assesses/interviews customers who are referred by staff or other service providers for employment/financial needs. Assesses barriers to employment, risk factors of children and support the customer’s solution focused attempts to overcome the challenges to employment.  Monitors and evaluates customer’s plans (FIPs) to maintain a short term plan for customer cash assistance. Ensures customer compliance with required work activities. Matches the appropriate customer with job as determined by employment assessment. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Completion of 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university.

Experience: One year of experience in administrative or professional work.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute experience as defined above for the required education at the rate of one year of experience for 30 credit hours, for up to 60 credit hours of required education.

2. Candidates may substitute 90 credit hours at an accredited college or university for the required education and experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer involving staff work requiring regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting rules and regulations in accordance with agency laws and policies on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

The preferred candidate will possess the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in social and/or behavioral science.
  • Experience with Human Services programs.
  • Knowledge of welfare to work programs.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with job-readiness programs and/or preparing individuals for employment.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

Limited to candidates willing to work in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

This agency is 95 miles southeast of Baltimore, 75 southeast of Annapolis and Washington, DC and 95 miles northeast of Richmond, Virginia.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.

SELECTION PROCESS

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. 

The resulting eligible list will be used to fill both positions noted on this announcement.  Successful candidates placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.  As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year. 

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the St. Mary's County Department of Social Services at 240-895-71715.

Online applications are STRONGLY preferred; however, the paper application may be submitted to: Department of Human Services/HRDT, Attn: Deenna Greene, 311 W. Saratoga Street MD 21201.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm on the closing date for the recruitment; no postmarks will be accepted. Information received after the closing date will not be considered.   

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

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

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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