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Special Assistant to the Director

Recruitment #23-002588-0052


The Maryland Department of the Environment is charged with protecting and preserving the State's air, water, and land resources and safeguarding the environmental health of all Maryland’s citizens.  The Agency’s mission is to protect and restore the environment for the health and well-being of all Marylanders with a vision of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities and ecosystems in Maryland.

If you are looking for an exciting career committed to protecting the environment for all Marylanders, please apply to become part of MDE’s workforce. MDE offers competitive pay, great benefits, and opportunities for advancement and professional growth. MDE also offers you a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e., vacation, sick leave, personal leave), state pension, supplemental retirement options (i.e., 401k, 457b, etc.).




Maryland Department of the Environment
Land and Materials Administration 
Director's Office 
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The primary purpose of this position is to assist LMA’s Director and Deputy Director with the oversight and coordination of the activities of LMA’s seven programmatic areas: Land Restoration, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Oil Control, Mining, Solid Waste, Resource Management, and Operational and Administrative Services by tracking and providing direction and guidance on State and federal legislative matters, regulations, project management assistance, and coordination with the other state and federal agencies and multi-state organizations.

The Special Assistant to the Director serves as a team leader for LMA’s priority initiatives which cross programs and administrations involving significant complexity. Responsibilities are to plan and lead the implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives, and the planning process for implementing new laws within LMA. In addition, the Special Assistant to the Director will also be responsible for a range of assignments to ensure consistency with Departmental policies and procedures. Further responsibilities include assisting with requests from the Office of the Secretary and Coordinating Offices regarding media inquiries, legislative issues, and inquiries from the general public.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six years of administrative staff or professional work. 

1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience. 
3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience. 
4. 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 experience.



Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

It is preferred that the selected candidate has the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, Public Administration, or Business Administration.
  • One year of experience drafting regulations and/or drafting legislation and preparing regulations and legislative packages.
  • Experience with planning, coordinating, and implementing regulations and/or legislation.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of government agencies or other organizational policies and procedures.
  • Experience as a team leader serving on workgroups, commissions, or task forces.
  • Previous reporting relationships to an Executive Director or higher.


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.


Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as they relate to the requirements of this position. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFED, OR QUALIFIED. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work.  Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experience.

For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview).
Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after this date will not be added. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application
Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

All Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act. You must be legally authorized and possess any necessary documents under this Act in order to be hired in the position for which you applied.


STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS  (Click ctrl+link to view all benefits)

PERSONAL LEAVE - New State employees are awarded six (6) personal leave days annually (prorated based on start date)

ANNUAL LEAVE - ten (10) days of accumulated annual leave per year.

SICK LEAVE – fifteen (15) days of accumulated sick leave per year.

PARENTAL LEAVE – up to sixty (60) days of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child.

HOLIDAYS – State employees also celebrate at least twelve (12) holidays per year. 


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to Olivia Finley at Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time. Please reference #23-002588-0052. 

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Olivia Finley at 410-537-3105.  If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or  

This is a position specific position for the Maryland Department of the Environment. The resulting certified eligible list will be maintained for one year. Persons interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-537-3130 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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