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Procurement Specialist Lead

Recruitment #19-000850-0002






MDH, Developmental Disabilities Administration, Baltimore, MD  21201

Main Purpose of Job

The mission of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) is to provide leadership to assure the full participation of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life and to promote their empowerment to access quality services necessary to foster personal growth, independence and productivity. Responsible for a budget of $1.2 Billion for Community Services and 200+ providers, this position will solicit, evaluate, negotiate and award contracts according to State Procurement laws, procedures and regulations, as well as maintain contracts by ensuring compliance with terms and conditions. This position will also train, assign, review, and approve the work of lower-level Agency Procurement Specialists and Associates under general supervision. This position will be responsible for daily fiscal reconciliation for Community Services programs with estimated annual expenditures of $519M. This position will also process (review, approve and verify) rate, exempt and non-exempt from procurement fiscal transactions for the Central, Eastern, Southern and Western regions and will follow the mission of the agency by assuring that the contracts for developmentally disabled individuals are processed in a timely fashion. The Developmental Disabilities Administration currently contracts over 150 vendors to provide a variety of services.


Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience in contract management or procurement involving duties such as: soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts and ensuring compliance with federal and governmental procurement laws, regulations and conditions.

Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute professional or paraprofessional contract management or procurement experience on a year for year basis for up to four years of the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate education at an accredited college or university at the rate of thirty credit hours for each year of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the following written certifications, obtained through passing an examination for the required education: Certified Public Manager from the National Association of Purchasing Management; Certified Professional Contracts Manager from the National Contract Management Association; Certified Public Purchasing Officer or Certified Professional Public Buyer from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. or National Association of State Purchasing Officers).

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience in Contracting and Industrial Management classifications or specialty codes in the Procurement field of work at a rate of one year of military experience for the required experience.


The desired candidate should have:

- experience with procurement and complex contracts and administration

- experience managing large State procurement projects (i.e., creating specs, soliciting bids, and awarding contracts, etc.)

- knowledge of State Procurement relevant rules and procedures


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.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or 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.