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PUBLIC AFFAIRS SPECIALIST

Maryland ABLE Ambassador

Recruitment #22-001690-0003

Introduction

Maryland ABLE, an investment savings program for people with disabilities, utilizes participation in disability-related outreach including: presentations at conferences; outreach during expos; and other interpersonal contact as its most critical outreach and marketing strategies.  Outreach and marketing needs are statewide and Maryland ABLE's limited staff must be supplemented at various times throughout the year by additional part-time contractual employees, called "Ambassadors".  Regional Maryland ABLE Ambassadors are trained to deliver accurate and complete information about the Maryland ABLE program throughout the state to people with disabilities and their families.  Each ABLE Ambassador contract position cannot exceed 200 hours within the contract year,and would include additional reimbursement for state travel in accordance with state travel guidelines.

GRADE

12

LOCATION OF POSITION

Southern Maryland Region:
Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's counties.

Main Purpose of Job

Deliver accurate and complete information to people with disabilities and their families about the Maryland ABLE program by participating in disability-related outreach including presentation at conferences, outreach during expos, and other forms of interpersonal contact on statewide basis to market the Maryland ABLE investment/savings program for people with disabilities.

POSITION DUTIES

  • Contacting the presentation or event host prior to the meeting to confirm arrangements;
  • Accurately locating the site of the presentation (such as school, government office building, hotel, etc.);
  • Arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meeting or presentation;
  • Bringing a sufficient number of marketing materials for the expected number of attendees;
  • Welcoming participants, delivering the presentation with accuracy while engaging the participants;
  • Accurately responding to all questions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: Four years of experience in public information, public relations, journalism or other related experience in publicity or promotional work.

Notes:

1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 30 semester credit hours in one or more of the following subjects: English, journalism, public relations, writing or other similar and related areas of study for the required experience. 

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in public affairs specialist classification or public affairs specialty codes in the information and arts field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to learn and clearly explain all aspects of the program
  • Ability to describe the challenges to saving and asset limitations for people with disabilities
  • Demonstrated public speaking experience.
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to travel regionally to presentations and events.
  • Ability to work primarily in the evening and on weekends.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

NOT APPLICABLE.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

All candidates will be subject to a background investigation including criminal and credit history.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Candidates must be able to provide professional reference.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Resumes may not be submitted in lieu of completing the employment application.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided before hire.

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

EXAMINATION PROCESS

The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirement of the position.   You may be ask to complete a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process.  Therefore, 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.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, 301 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at Application.Help@maryland.gov or 410-767-4850, 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.




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