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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist I/II

Recruitment #23-005165-0056


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.


Level one: ASTD14
Level two: ASTD15


MSDE - Div of Rehab Svcs - Workforce & Technology Center
2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218


This position plans, implements, coordinates and monitors rehabilitation programs for individuals being served at the Workforce & Technology Center (WTC) in the Work Readiness Program (WRP). This position also provides overall coordination and facilitation of instructional activities for the Work Readiness Program. This position works as part of an interdisciplinary team to ensure that comprehensive services contribute to the achievement of established training goals, supports career and employment objectives, and addresses the personal, social and independence skills necessary to promote employment outcomes.

  • Facilitate the Work Readiness Program (WRP) designed to assist individuals with disabilities in learning appropriate work behaviors and attitudes while participating in job shadowing and career exploration activities.
  • Provide support and assistance to consumers on the worksites for understanding of job tasks, supervisory expectations, productivity and appropriate work behaviors.
  • Maintain communication with worksite supervisors and monitor consumer progress on the worksites to address concerns regarding performance and/or behavioral expectations.
  • Collaborate with the Center Counselors and other WTC staff for guidance and consultation regarding the provision of appropriate services to consumers in the WRP program.
  • Research, develop and implement a dynamic curriculum and update materials as needed to meet program goals.
  • Conduct group training sessions consistent with approved curriculum; engage internal and external resources to develop strategies to address skills needed to compete effectively for employment opportunities.
  • Provide crisis intervention to resolve consumer conflicts and collaborate with the Center Counselors to develop behavioral action plans as appropriate.
  • Drive/accompany consumers to worksites/worksite tours and accompany/monitor consumers on field trips.


Education: (Both levels) Possession of a Bachelor's Degree.

Experience:  Level I - Professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is preferred.  

Level II - Two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is required.  

Note:  (II) A Master's degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


  • Experience with providing career counseling and case management.
  • Experience in the Vocational Rehabilitation field, and/or Human Services or related field.
  • Experience facilitating group instruction and interacting with consumers in a group setting.
  • Experience with preparing others for employment and interacting with the business community.
  • Professional experience working with individuals with disabilities.


Applicants must consent to State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees with this Agency.


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 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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.

As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled.

The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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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