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Recruitment #24-002006-0001


This recruitment is limited to Office of the Public Defender employees only.

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 effectively with clients, Public Defenders, and outside stakeholders, as well as possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment.  Applicants must be able to work as a licensed clinical social worker across multiple jurisdictions when needed, and travel to various courtrooms, detention centers/prisons and offices.  MOPD is committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities.  MOPD will/can modify or adjust the job application process, and or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee to be considered for the position they desire.

All applicants and employees will have access to equal benefits and privileges of employment as are experienced by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship.  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,

A Social Worker Supervisor, Criminal Justice is the first line supervisor level of professional social work providing expert clinical, therapeutic and forensic social work services in an indigent, criminal justice  environment.   Employees in this classification will work in a criminal justice environment, and provide clinical, forensic services to clients who have demonstrated a need for rehabilitative intervention because of psychological distress, psychosocial factors relating to mental health disorders and or co-existing mental health, substance abuse or other social adjustment factors.

Employees in this classification provide clinical and administrative supervision to LMSWs and case work specialists for forensic social work services, including the review and completion of biopsychosocial evaluations, the development of diagnostic impressions, mental health assessments, and linkage to evidence-based therapeutic interventions to clients charged with crimes or delinquent offenses.  The employee provides clinical and administrative oversight and supports the graduate level social work developing defense strategies with Assistant Public Defenders for the legal disposition of criminal or delinquent cases.  Employees in this classification supervise Casework Specialists, Criminal Justice and LMSW Social Workers, Criminal Justice. 





Main Purpose of Job

 The Social Work Supervisor will serve as the Clinical Coordinator responsible for supervising lower level LMSW and LCSW-C’s in multiple jurisdictions and/or regions across the state with various case types such as Felony/Circuit, Juvenile, District Court, and Transfers/Waivers.
The Social Work Supervisor must be able to provide clinical supervision under the Maryland COMAR Supervision Contract Standards.  The Social Work Supervisor will be an important part of a high-quality, interdisciplinary legal defense team. Assistant Public Defenders and Social Workers will work together to provide legal representation for our clients. This position requires in-depth understanding and knowledge about legal language and the court process.  We are defense-based social workers who are client-centered, and this position requires social workers with the core belief in our clients humanity and well-being.


Primary duties and responsibilities include: 

● Plans, coordinates, and evaluates the work of LMSW and LCSW-C’s;

● Responsible for providing clinical supervision to LMSW and LCSW-C’s;

● Able to provide expert clinical analysis and assessment, when needed;

● Able to provide instruction and supervision in the development of social work theories, and social work assessment tools inclusive of ACEs, Ecomaps, Timelines and Genograms.

● Able to complete clinical assessments and treatment recommendations for presentation to court; 

● Serve as a presenter in expert social work training sessions.

● Ensure that NASW Code of Ethics, and best practice policies and procedures for social workers, are being followed in the representation of all OPD clients.

● Represent social workers as needed in multi-disciplinary teams and interagency meetings on behalf of Office of the Public Defender clients. 

● Develop, maintain and close client case files in accordance with Office of the Public Defender procedures and maintain client confidentiality. 

● Assist with data collection and reporting

Regular travel between jurisdictions of assigned staff is required.


Education: Determined by the State Board of Social Work Examiners under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.

Experience: Four years of experience providing clinical and therapeutic services through the application of the principles, methods and procedures of professional social work to clients requiring rehabilitative counseling or forensic social work services, including eighteen months of experience completing assessments, formulating diagnostic impressions, treating behavioral health diagnoses and other conditions or providing psychotherapy as a certified social worker-clinical.


1. Candidates may substitute a Doctorate degree in social work from an accredited college or university may be substituted for up to one year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at the rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes in Social Science, Psychology or Welfare fields of work for the required experience.


Currently licensed as an LCSW-C.

Must be a Board-Certified Clinical Supervisor. 

Background and experience forensic social work and/or social justice-oriented work. 

Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

Detail-oriented and able to meet internal and external deadlines. 

Ability to balance working as a team and working independently.


This recruitment is limited to Office of the Public Defender employees only.


1. Employees in this classification must have a license as a Master Social Worker (approved for independent practice), Certified Social Worker or Certified Social Worker-Clinical issued by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

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 or 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 of the Maryland AIDS Professional Education Center.

4. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy operated by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.

5. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services are required to complete the Correctional First Line Supervisors Training within one year of appointment.


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.



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 and encourage them to apply.

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