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Business Enterprise Program, Business Counselor

Recruitment #22-005297-0005


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


Standard salary grade: 16


2301 Argonne Drive
Baltimore MD 21218

Main Purpose of Job

To provide business training and support to licensed blind vendors to maximize their abilities and opportunities to operate vending facilities in the MD BEP in accordance with the Randolph-Sheppard Act, its regulations, Education Article, Section 21-301-303, and COMAR Regulations 13A.11.04.101-119.


Review the business operations of licensed blind managers through on-site visits and review financial Reports submitted monthly.  Reviews financial information for accuracy, completeness and compliance with established procedures and regulations. Record Comparative Earnings. Perform facility operations reviews for assigned locations, including facility operations, control of assets, customer satisfaction, maintenance of equipment and sanitation inspections in accordance with Program policy. Work with managers to develop strategies and marketing concepts for improving business. Provide daily support to managers for prompt resolutions of their business concerns.  Ensure that each vendor is operating the facility according to the terms of the Operating Agreement, permit or contract, pursuant to the regulations. Coordinate the timely transfer of assigned manager between vending facilities, prepare new operating agreement, preparing bid specifications, provide oversight and perform inventory of facility equipment to include recommendation for replacement, monitor and document equipment transfers and authorize equipment relocation, repairs and/or replacement.  Provide oversight management for maintaining the daily operation of vending facilities where no licensed vendor is assigned, including hiring personnel, managing all financial aspects of the business. Provide support to the other BEP staff and the office coverage needs.


Education: Possession of a Bachelor's Degree.

Experience: Two (2) years of professional experience in business management, hospitality, food service, or closely related field. 

  • Additional experience as defined above directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Bachelor's degree at the rate of one year of experience for one year of education. 
  • Possession of a Master's Degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


· Experience with Maryland Food Service laws and regulations related to operation of food services facilities.
· Knowledge and experience with marketing strategies for a small business, particularly food service.
· Experience with operating a convenience store, micro market, or snack bar.


Selected applicant must pass a HSPD 12 (Homeland Security Presidential Directive) Clearance for the purpose of entering federal buildings.


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 eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the 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.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resources Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9391, TDD (410) 554-9399. 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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

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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