State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $41,890.00-$69,036.00 Yearly






A Development Officer Trainee is the entry level of work involving housing, commercial and community development, redevelopment and revitalization.  The work of this classification involves financial packaging, underwriting, loan program administration, credit analysis, grants management, and rendering technical assistance to local and regional officials, nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers and representatives of the private sector.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive close supervision from a Development Officer Supervisor or other designated administrator.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Development Officer Trainee, Development Officer I and Development Officer II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The Development Officer Trainee learns to perform duties under close supervision. The Development Officer I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed.  The Development Officer II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Learns to provide technical and financial packaging assistance to local and regional government officials, organizations, developers and private borrowers;

Learns to monitor grantees, contractors and loan recipients for compliance with State and federal laws, regulations, guidelines and procedures for implementing housing programs and comprehensive development programs;

Learns to perform income and expense analyses of multi-family, for-sale and rental projects;

Learns to review and assist in the preparation of loan documents, commitment letters and in the administration of loan portfolios;

Learns to prepare applications for mortgage assistance and operating subsidies for clients;

Assists with studies to identify community and housing development opportunities and design development programs;

Learns to develop and draft contracts;

Learns to prepare correspondence, reports, draft legislation and regulations pertaining to housing development and community and commercial development;

Assists with presentations at meetings with public, private, local and regional officials;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of research and analysis methods and procedures;

Knowledge of statistical techniques;

Ability to collect and analyze technical data;

Ability to prepare and present reports;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with private and public sector individuals and groups.


Experience: Four years of experience in residential or commercial real estate development, governmental housing, community development or community development programs, including market research, planning, financial management, loan or grant program administration, capital projects or project development.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning, financial management, business or public administration, political science, economics, marketing management science or a related field for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the Business and Industry job family or Business and Industry job codes on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


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.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.   An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. 

Date Revised

December 30, 2021

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 004378; REV: 12/30/2021;

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