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Policy Specialist

Recruitment #24-007735-0004


The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council), a dynamic, statewide policy and advocacy organization, is hiring a Policy Specialist. The Policy Specialist will join a small staff and work with a 30- member council and other partners to help advance the organization’s mission and improve policies, programs, and practices that impact the lives of Marylanders with developmental disabilities. The primary focus of the Policy Specialist will be on early intervention, education, child care, and family support. The Council works to create change to make it possible for people with developmental disabilities to live the lives they want with the support they need. The Council is not a service provider. See for more information.

This position serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.




217 E. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Policy Specialist leads, coordinates, and participates in various initiatives of the Council to develop, improve, or expand services, programs, policies, regulations, statute, funding, and practices that further the Council’s mission to create change to make it possible for people with developmental disabilities to live the lives they want with the support they need. In collaboration with various partners, the Policy Specialist has responsibility for achieving outcomes in multiple assigned policy and advocacy priority areas as established under the Council’s 5-year State Plan. The Policy Specialist focuses on early intervention, education (kindergarten through college), child care, and family support.


  • Leads, coordinates, and participates in various initiatives and activities of the Council related to assigned areas of responsibility established in the Council’s State Plan.
  • Advocates for lasting improvements in policies, practices, services, programs, laws, and regulations that affect children and young adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Stays abreast of current and emerging issues related to assigned areas of responsibility.

  • Represents the Council on committees, coalitions, and commissions to further the Council’s mission and impact public policy and program issues. 

  • Conducts outreach and establishes partnerships with diverse communities to further the Council’s mission and impact issues affecting those communities. 

  • Assists Executive Director with legislative work related to areas of responsibility. This may include analyzing legislation and departmental budgets and providing recommendations, and providing written and oral testimony, as well as assisting others to do so. 

  • Staffs the Council’s Children and Family Work Team. Helps the Work Team monitor grants related to areas of responsibility. 

  • Works on special projects and initiatives to achieve the Council’s State Plan goals and objectives. 

  • Assists with the development of the Council’s State Plan and Annual Performance Report.
  • Contributes to Council publications.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in professional work. Three (3) years of this experience must have involved leading advocacy efforts or leading projects that impact people’s lives.


1.   Additional experience in professional work in the field of disabilities or related field or in public policy in any field may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2.   Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year to year basis for the required general experience.

3.   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 to year basis for the required education and experience.


Experience working in public policy to create change to statewide policies, programs, services, or laws in any field.

Experience working with a small team.

Knowledge of formal and informal supports for children and young adults with developmental disabilities, and their families.


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 evaluation 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.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, 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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