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Recruitment #22-000807-0015


The Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants. OPD advocates statewide for securing justice, protecting civil rights, and preserving liberty. We are 900+ employees strong and have been the voice of the voiceless across Maryland since 1972. Our work spans criminal, juvenile, parental defense and involuntary commitment proceedings. OPD’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All and we are committed to our core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and remain united as a team in achieving our mission.

OPD seeks a dedicated, detail-oriented team player passionate about serving underserved populations with experience and/or aptitude for project development, grant management, program oversight, and reporting to serve as an Agency Grant Specialist. The development team, part of OPD’s external affairs unit, works with leadership throughout OPD to bring financial and operational management support to increase services and advocacy on behalf of OPD clients. OPD, in partnership with its partner non-profit organization the Association for the Public Defender of Maryland, secures approximately $1.5 million in grant funds annually and employs more than a dozen contractual employees via grant funding.


Grade 14 $45,604 - $56,720
Grade 16 $51,649 - $64,501


217 E. Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Grants Specialist will be deeply involved in innovative projects throughout the state that benefit marginalized populations, such as connecting justice involved individuals with community-based mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, developing and implementing release plans for long-sentence servers, integrating new technologies in public defender practice, and expanding training opportunities for OPD staff. Reporting to the Director of Policy and Development, the Grant Manager will oversee grant data collection, monitoring and reporting, and assist with project development and proposal drafting. This position will be located in Baltimore City, Maryland, with flexible hybrid/remote telework options.


● Draft grant proposals, reports, and informational materials. 
● Meet with program staff and funder representatives to monitor project activities and ensure compliance with grant terms and conditions. 
● Oversee and analyze data collection. 
● Manage a reporting schedule for all grants and contracts, ensure all required reports are prepared accurately and submitted on time. 
● In collaboration with the Director of Policy and Development and the Fiscal Division support the development of grant project proposals and budgets. 
● Identify new funding opportunities.
● Develop strategies to improve and optimize the grant administration processes in coordination with the Director of Policy and Development and the CFO. 
● Perform other duties as required.


Experience: Seven years of experience in grant evaluation and monitoring or budget preparation, presentation and execution.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and three years of experience in grant evaluation and monitoring or budget preparation, presentation and execution for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute graduate education from an accredited college or university in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, political science or public administration at a rate of 30 credit hours for five years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service  experience as a commissioned officer in the Budget Officer classifications or Financial Management specialty codes in the Budgeting field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


●      Passion for the mission of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.

●      Ability to set priorities, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision in an effective manner.

●      Strong critical thinking and analytical skills, including the ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience.

●      Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

●      Superior attention to detail and organizational skills.

●      Experience in project management, data analysis, and budget development and projection skills are strongly preferred.




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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position. You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Report all experience and education that is related to this position. Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete a writing sample onsite during the interview process.


Online applications preferred.  Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410) 333-2260.

Inquiries regarding applications and submitting paper applications can be directed to: Office of the Public Defender, Human Resources Division, 6 Saint Paul Street, Suite 1304, Baltimore, MD 21202; or by calling (410) 767-8500, toll free: 877-430-5187; TTY users call Maryland Relay Service 800-735-2258. 

Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. A paper copy of the MD State application form and questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.

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. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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