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ABLE Program Director

Recruitment #17-005482-0005


Maryland 529 is an independent State agency responsible for administering the "Prepaid College Trust Plan" and the "College Investment Plan."  Both plans are the State's only qualifying 529 plans, named after the section of the Internal Revenue Code that permits states to establish and administer tax-advantaged college savings plans.  These two plans provide flexible and affordable options to help Maryland families save for future college expenses and reduce dependence on student loans and other forms of debt.  Each has its own set of features and benefits, and both offer generous federal and Maryland State tax incentives.

An addition to the 529 portfolio is the new Maryland ABLE Program designed by the 529 tax regulations. On April 12, 2016 Governor Hogan signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act enabling Maryland to begin building a State program. The main benefit of the Maryland ABLE program is State and local means-tested programs cannot use ABLE funds as part of eligibility considerations. The program is projected to be operational October 2017.




217 E. Redwood Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The ABLE Program Director is responsible for the initial development and ongoing management of the Maryland ABLE program, including creating the overall strategic and operating plans, leading the selection of a plan manager or partner state, data base and web development, sales and outreach.  Additional responsibilities include: monitoring national ABLE program development, regulatory changes, current program performance, and planning and implementing new outreach projects. In addition , this position is responsible for working with the ABLE Community Relations Coordinator in relationship development with community and education partners, marketing, and customer service and reporting.

This is a Management Service position which serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.


Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in disability services such as vocational rehabilitation, special education or a similar field.  

Experience: A minimum of five years of progressive management experience in a financial or an executive leadership position   Three years of experience working directly with person with disabilities    

Note: A master’s degree in business or related field may be substituted for two years of the required management experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

* Five years of  experience working directly with individuals with disabilities.  

* Knowledge of the principles of accessible communications and design.  

* Demonstrated public speaking experience.  

* Understanding of 529 college savings plans or financial operations and management background.


All candidates will be subject to a background investigation including criminal and credit history.



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.

For education obtained outside the U.S. you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service.  This evaluation must be submitted with your application.



The assessment will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position.  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.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If the online application process is not available, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire by the closing date to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston Street, Room 608

Baltimore, MD 21201

Resume and cover letter are also required and must be uploaded as one document.

For more information regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-6352.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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