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Director of Public Policy Initiatives

Recruitment #17-007735-0003


The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (MD DD), a statewide public policy and advocacy organization, is hiring a Director of Public Policy Initiatives. The Director will join a small staff and work with a 30-member council and other partners to help advance the organization’s mission and improve policies, programs and practices that impact the lives of Marylanders with developmental disabilities across the lifespan. The MD DD Council works to eliminate barriers, create opportunities, empower people and promote innovation. The Council is not a service provider. See for more information.  

This is a management service position that serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.




217 East Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD  21202

Main Purpose of Job

Director of Public Policy Initiatives leads, coordinates and participates in various initiatives of the Council to develop, improve or expand services, programs, policies, funding and practices that further the Council's mission of inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The Director of Public Policy Initiatives has responsibility for achieving outcomes in multiple assigned public policy and advocacy priority areas as established under the Council's 5-year State Plan. In addition, the Director of Public Policy Initiatives has responsibility for monitoring of grants related to self-advocacy and leadership development.


  • Leads, coordinates and participates in various initiatives and activities of the Council related to assigned areas of responsibility. For example, children and family support, self-advocacy, and leadership development.
  • Advocates for improvements in policies, practices, services, programs, laws, and regulations that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. Formulates and implements strategic action plans to accomplish outcomes in partnership with other individuals and organizations.  
  • Represents the Council on committees, coalitions, and commissions to further the Council’s mission and impact public policy and program issues.  
  • Participates in the design of projects & initiatives and Requests for Proposals that promote community inclusion and improve supports &services for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  
  • Monitors and provides technical assistance to Council funded grants in areas assigned. Analyzes project outcomes.  
  • Works on special projects and initiatives.
  • Occasionally assists with legislative work related to areas of responsibility. This may include analyzing legislation and departmental budgets and providing recommendations. May also require providing written testimony in areas of responsibility.
  • Staffs Council committees and workgroups related to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Provides oversight and management of membership recruitment and support.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures, or advocating for changes in public policy.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required general experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


  • At least two years advocacy experience.  
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.     
  • At least one year experience working on disability issues and improving disability public policy.       


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.


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. Successful candidates will be placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service may be required prior to hire.

All information concerning your qualification must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date.

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget & Management
Attn: Amanda Karnezis
301 W. Preston Street, Room 608
Baltimore, MD 21201

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850.

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

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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