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MDA Spay & Neuter Program

Recruitment #18-000807-0009




Maryland Department of Agriculture ~ Headquarters ~ Annapolis, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

The Spay and Neuter Program Grant Specialist is responsible for administering and facilitating all duties and activities necessary to accomplish the goals of the Spay-Neuter program as specified in the authority provided in the Agriculture Article, Title 2, Subtitle 16.


Prepare, publicize, and distribute applications for grant proposals; review and evaluate grant proposals; follow up with applicants as necessary to insure requirements are met.  Organize and present grant requests to Spay and Neuter Advisory Board members.  Record the Board's recommendations into a written report for the Secretary of Agriculture's consideration.

Prepare and transmit appropriate documents to Fiscal Services in insure proper disbursement of approved grant funds; monitor grantee's use of funds.

Conduct quarterly surveys of animal control facilities to compile and report information related to euthanasia rates in local animal control facilities.

Plan and organize Advisory Board meetings; coordinate with the Office of the Secretary to fill vacant Board positions; gather relevant information and advise the Board members and the Department on strategies and policies to improve the effectiveness of the Spay/Neuter grant program.

Prepare and mail annual invoices to dog and cat food registrants for spay/neuter funds fees; monitor progress of fee collection; implement procedures for collection of late payments and develop strategies to improve program compliance.

Prepare annual budget and annual report on use of funds.

Plan and implement public education outreach to promote the benefits of spaying and neutering pets.


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

Experience: Three years of experience in grant evaluation and monitoring or budget preparation, presentation and execution.


1. Applicants may substitute graduate education in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, political science or public administration at a rate of 30 semester hours for each year of the required experience.

2. Applicants may substitute additional experience as defined above on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service  experience as a commissioned officer in the Budget Officer classifications or Financial Management specialty codes in the Budgeting field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


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

One year of experience reviewing and evaluating grant proposals.

Experience working with an external advisory board, including organizing meetings and making recommendations on program strategies/policies.


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 eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to:  

Maryland Department of Agriculture 

Human Resource Office, Room 304 

50 Harry S. Truman Parkway 

Annapolis, MD  21401.

If you are submitting additional information, such as transcripts or certifications, the preferred method is to upload them online with your application.  If you are unable to upload, you may mail, hand-deliver or fax (HR Fax # 443-602-9831).  

For questions concerning this recruitment, please contact: Mary Darling at 410-841-5847 or

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. 

All paper applications must be received by 4:30 PM on the closing date, no exceptions.  (Postmarks not accepted.)

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.

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