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Recruitment #21-001755-0047


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 and excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency’s mission.

The Office of the Public Defender, Parental Defense Division, is seeking detail oriented applicants with investigative and interviewing skills, knowledge of legal terminology, forms and documents as well as excellent communication and writing skills to fill a Contractual Administrative Specialist I, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  The Contractual Administrative Specialist I supports the attorneys in various ways, to include filing motions, reviewing court files, obtaining documents, issuing subpoenas, locating potential witnesses, conducting investigations and interviewing clients, witnesses and family members. The position will also be responsible for preparing and submitting reports of investigative findings and may be required to appear in court as a witness.  This position will involve client contact with indigent defendants and their families in the office, court, prisons and other settings.  Some travel to interview clients and witnesses is required.  Additional travel to courthouses in various locations may be necessary. This position will also include some standard office responsibilities. 

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Must be fluent in Spanish and English.




14753 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Main Purpose of Job

The Administrative Specialist I is the intermediate level of administrative work supporting our attorneys by gathering documents, filing motions, conducting investigations and interviews in order to assist the attorney in case preparation for a hearing. There will be frequent contact with people at all socioeconomic levels and in diverse occupational areas. Appearance in court as a witness may also be required. Employees in these classifications do not supervise.


Education: Completion of 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university.

Experience: None


1. Candidates may substitute one year of experience in administrative or professional work for the required education, at the rate of one year of experience for 30 credit hours, for up to 60 credit hours of the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer involving staff work requiring regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting rules and regulations in accordance with agency laws and policies  on a year-for-year basis for the required education.


Knowledge of legal terminology, forms and documents.  Knowledge of family, criminal, or civil court procedures.  Experience using investigative programs such as CLEAR or other online investigative tools.  Strong interest in working with indigent defendants and their families.  Knowledge and experience using CJIS, JIS, MDEC, MPIA or other criminal justice/court systems.  Data entry experience. 


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 qualifications will be admitted to the examination for this classification.  Successful candidates will be ranked as BEST QUALIFIED, BETTER QUALIFIED, OR QUALIFIED and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  You may be required to complete a qualifications supplement, or the rating may be based on your application.  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 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.

A paper copy of the MD State application form and questionnaire can be downloaded from the link below.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.