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Recruitment #20-002588-0040


The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants in criminal and other incarcerable cases.  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 applicants with experience implementing an EEO and ADA program to fill the role of Equal Opportunity Officer and ADA Coordinator.  This position will be responsible for ensuring agency compliance with applicable equal employment opportunity and ADA laws to ensure compliance with all anti-discrimination laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  




6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202


This position serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer and ADA Coordinator for the Office of the Public Defender. The EEO Officer is responsible for ensuring agency compliance with applicable equal employment opportunity laws included but not limited to developing and implementing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with all anti-discrimination laws and conducting investigations of all employee and job applicant complaints of employment discrimination. As ADA Coordinator the position is responsible for administering the agency’s ADA program including developing and implementing the requisite policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Duties of the position are as follows:

•Plans, develops and coordinates the agency’s EEO program;

•Monitors compliance with equal opportunity laws, regulations, codes and policies;

•Interpret civil rights laws and equal opportunity regulations for individuals, employees and employers;      

•Investigates and mediates complaints of discrimination;        

•Interview persons relevant to a complaint;         

•Implement and monitor the agency’s ADA Program;     

•Develops and implements policies and procedures for the receipt and prompt resolution of complaints of agency violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act;       

•Recommends corrective actions and reasonable accommodations;      

•Coordinate, monitor or revise complaint procedures to ensure timely processing and review of complaints;     

•Prepares, reviews and analyzes statistical reports concerning equal opportunity programs and objectives;      

•Develop guidelines for non-discriminatory employment practices and monitor their implementation and impact;    

•Develops and administers training on workplace issues including but not limited to equal employment opportunity, fair practices and sexual harassment;  


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

Experience: Five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work 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-for-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-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


· Professional experience implementing an EEO and ADA Program;

· Experience conducting EEO, Fair Practices and Sexual Harassment training;

· Ability to evaluate information to determine compliance with standards and to ensure compliance with EEO laws;

· Ability to impartially investigate complaints of discrimination;

· Ability to clearly communicate with persons internal and external to the agency;

· Ability to accurately document and record information and generate reports;

· Ability to resolve conflicts and negotiate professionally with others by handling complaints, settling disputes, resolving grievances and conflicts;

· Adept at acquiring information and collecting statistical data.


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.


Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

Please make sure that you provide complete and accurate 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 the above closing date.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 



Online applications are STRONGLY recommended; if you do not have internet access, please mail your application by the closing date to:

Office of the Public Defender – Human Resources Division

ATTN: Janynee Bailey-Covington

6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1304

Baltimore, MD 21202

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

For more information, please call 410-767-8500

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encourage to apply.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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