As a State agency,
Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and
equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all
qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or
mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
veteran status or genetic information.
All applicants must
be able to communicate with clients and visitors and possess the ability to
complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment.
Applicants must be able
to work in various positions, and travel to various courtrooms and office
environments throughout the state. MOPD is further committed to providing equal
opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in
employment, its services, programs and activities by modifying or adjusting the
job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable
accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or
employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential
functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and
privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees
without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue
Applicants must be
able to operate a computer and other office equipment. Applicants must have
access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a
reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human
Resources Supervisor, 410-767-8503
The Office of the
Public Defender is recruiting to fill vacancies in Baltimore City for Social
Worker I and Social Worker II, Criminal Justice. The Office of the Public
Defender provide forensic social work services, including mitigation,
to adult and juvenile clients in an indigent defense
environment. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. The chosen applicant will conduct psychosocial
evaluations and testify regarding their clinical findings and recommendations.
The applicant will work exclusively and extensively with adolescents, who are
charged as adults and their families to provide linkage to resources that
address structural barriers to success and will aid in reducing recidivism.
LOCATION OF POSITION
217 E. Redwood Street,
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
A Social Worker I,
Criminal Justice is the intermediate level of professional social work
providing clinical and therapeutic or forensic social work services in either a
criminal justice or indigent defense environment. An employee working in a
criminal justice environment provides clinical and therapeutic services to
clients who have demonstrated a need for rehabilitative intervention because of
behavioral factors or personality disorders and co-existing mental health,
health, substance abuse or other social adjustment factors. The employee
working in an indigent defense environment provides forensic social work
services, including mitigation, to clients charged with crimes or delinquent
offenses and creates a defense strategy with Assistant Public Defenders for the
legal disposition of criminal or delinquent cases. Employees in this
classification do not supervise.
A Social Worker II, Criminal Justice is the full performance level of
professional social work providing clinical and forensic social work services
in an indigent defense environment, including mitigation, to adult and juvenile
clients charged with crimes or delinquent offenses and creates a defense
strategy with Assistant Public Defenders for the legal disposition of criminal
or delinquent cases. The chosen applicant will conduct psychosocial evaluations
and testify regarding their clinical findings and recommendations. The
applicant will work exclusively and extensively with adolescents, who are
charged as adults and their families to provide linkage to resources that
address structural barriers to success and will aid in reducing recidivism. The
Social Worker II provides clinical and forensic services to clients that have
demonstrated a need for rehabilitative intervention because of behavioral
factors or personality disorders and co-existing mental health, health,
substance abuse or other social adjustment factors. Employees in these
classifications do not supervise.
must be willing to work with adults and juvenile clients.
Social Worker I, Criminal Justice:
Education: Determined by the State Board of Social Work Examiners under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.
Experience: Two years of experience providing clinical and therapeutic social work services through the application of the principles, methods and procedures of professional social work to clients requiring rehabilitative counseling.
Note: Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in the Social Science, Psychology or Welfare fields of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
Currently licensed as
a LMSW or LCSW-C.
in a forensic social work setting.
skills and experience writing social histories.
testifying in court.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
1. Employees are required to be licensed as a Certified Social Worker or Certified Social Worker-Clinical by the State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply pending receipt of the required license. When the license is obtained, submit a copy to the hiring department.
2. 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.
1. Employees are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the hiring department. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.
2. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must complete an approved training program in group counseling techniques.
3. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services may be required to complete the Level I Counseling course certified by the Maryland AIDS Professional Education Center.
4. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services are required to qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy operated by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
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 the interview will be required to complete a
writing sample onsite during the interview process.
Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410)
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.