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Recruitment #19-001328-0017


The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants.  The agency’s vision is Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All.  Employees are committed to the core values of culture of excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency’s mission.

The Office of the Public Defender is seeking detail oriented applicants with secretarial experience, good organizational and problem solving skills highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook to fill a full-time Office Secretary II position available in our Allegany County Office.  The Office Secretary II will be responsible for typing legal documents, data entry of case information, scheduling appointments and maintaining calendars for assigned attorneys.  This position involves significant client contact to provide and gather information over the phone.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply with the ability to speak, read and write in both Spanish and English.




30 N. Mechanic Street, Cumberland, MD 21502

Main Purpose of Job

An Office Secretary II is work providing secretarial support to an official, administrator or administrative staff. Employees in the Office Secretary II classification type on keyboards of personal computers using word processing software. Employees in this classification may supervise lower-level clerical employees. Employees in this classification receive supervision from an official, administrator or administrative staff.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Two years performing secretarial or clerical work involving typing duties.


1. Additional secretarial or clerical experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Thirty credit hours with a major in secretarial science or office technology from an accredited college may be substituted at the rate of thirty credits for one year of experience for up to two years of the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Administration classifications or Administrative, Clerical, or Office Services specialty codes in the Administrative Support field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Experience working in a law office or court system. Good organizational and problem solving skills, ability to work independently and multi-task.  Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.  Strong attention to detail and ability to log and track large amounts of data in Excel spreadsheets. Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated interest in working with inmate population and their families.  Bilingual applicants with ability to speak, read and write in both Spanish and English.


Demonstrated ability to accurately type on a keyboard of a personal computer at a minimum of forty words per minute may be required, depending on the specific requirements of the position.


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 assessment 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 Preferred.  Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410) 333-8134. 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.  

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.