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Deaf/Blind Specialist

Recruitment #19-005298-0005


State Salary Grade: 18


2301 Argonne Drive

Baltimore, Maryland  21218

Main Purpose of Job

Provide leadership and technical assistance in the planning and implementation of a system of programs for individuals who are deaf/ blind in need of services related to their disability. Provide coordination and implementation of services within all DORS programs and in the community. Provide direct services and technical assistance to staff in the Office for Blind and Vision Services (OBVS), Office of Field Services (OFS), and at the Workforce and Technology Center (WTC) who provide direct case management for deaf/blind consumers. Act as Liaison to the State Supplemental Program (SSP).


Provide direct services for select consumers who are deaf/blind in a timely manner consistent with DORS policy and procedures. Serve as a resource and provide technical expertise to OFS, OBVS, and WTC staff in the expansion, management and direction of services for individuals who are Deaf/Blind. Provide support, education and guidance to DORS and Community Service Providers for the facilitation of quality services. Assist with job placement and job development activities for individuals who are deaf/blind. Work in conjunction with WTC providers, OFS and OBVS counselors and community providers/employers for the continuation and implementation of strategies to enable individuals to achieve their stated goals. Provide support and guidance for deaf/ blind consumers to facilitate their success and assist them in achieving their program/ individual goals. Participate in regular progress meetings with deaf/blind consumers and WTC, OFS, OBVS staff and community providers.  Work collaboratively with community and DORS staff for the development and expansion of services for individuals who are deaf/blind in support of competitive integrated employment.  Recommend and develop transition plans for consumers to ensure a smooth transition from DORS services to community resources.  Maintain collaboration with the Helen Keller National Center, SSP programs, state agencies, and other specializing in serving the deaf/blind.



Possession of a Master’s degree or at least 36 hours of equivalent post-baccalaureate course work.  


Three years of professional experience in behavior or social science related field working with individuals who are deaf/ blind preferred.  Fluency in American Sign Language is required.  


  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 Education Article, Section 2-104.      


 Fluency in American Sign Language is required.

**Applicant must meet the minimum and selective qualifications to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.


Knowledge of:  principles, procedures and regulations involved in providing rehabilitation services; professional counseling, interviewing, and evaluation procedures; relationship between functional limitations presented by disabilities and employment goals; social and economic structure of the community organizations, and groups providing services and information for people who are blind or visually impaired; practices relating to job search and employer outreach activities; and of laws and regulations governing the administration of vocational rehabilitation, special education, social security, and social services. Ability to: communicate effectively; effectively plan and organize assigned work and meet established performance standards; coordinate and deliver multidisciplinary services required to support rehabilitation programs; analyze and interpret complex and varied medical, psychological, and vocational reports; skill in adaptive and assistive technologies; establish and maintain appropriate relationships with consumers, family members, employers, representatives of public and private organizations, providers of rehabilitation services, general public, and government officials.



Applicants must complete the MD. State Government on-line application for employment recruitment #19-005298-0005. The Application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications and possesses the Selective Qualifications for the position.

Paper applications can be completed and faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resource Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. To obtain a paper application visit our website or TDD (410) 554-9399. Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9424. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850.

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. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay as an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

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