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Recruitment #22-004916-0011


The Maryland 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 Maryland Office of the Public Defender is accepting applications from qualified candidates for the position of HR Officer II. This position will function as an Employee/Labor Relations Specialist within the OPD Human Resources Division to assist with labor relations and human resources matters, gathering, collecting, and maintaining documents and records required for contract and policy development, investigations, negotiations.




6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1304, Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

To function as an Employee/Labor Relations Specialist within the OPD Human Resources Division and assure the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.


To function as an Employee/Labor Relations Specialist within the OPD Human Resources Division and assure the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  •  Handles labor relations and human resource inquiries related to policies, procedures, and bargaining agreements 
  •  Reports to and works in conjunction with the Chief Human Resources Officer to adjudicate grievance conferences at the first step of the grievance procedure.
  •  Hears arguments from management and employees regarding the grievance appeal. Elicits pertinent facts and reviews objectively. Renders written decisions, on behalf of the Chief Human Resources Officer, in accordance with laws, rules, regulations and OPD policy in order to resolve the grievance. 
  •  Investigates employee infraction including meeting with the employee, considering mitigating circumstances, and recommending the appropriate disciplinary action to the appointing authority.
  •  Maintains knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations related to EEO, affirmative action, collective bargaining, unions, labor relations, and human resources
  •  Collaborates in preparation of plans, policies, documents and reports including EEO-1, affirmative action plans, organizational charts, labor agreements and employee handbooks
  •  Collaborates with preparation of documents and records required for contract negotiations, meetings, and negotiations with employees and labor organizations 
  •  Reports to the Employee/Labor Relations Manager
  •  Performs other duties as assigned by the Public Defender


Experience: Six years and six months of experience, two years and six months of professional HR experience involving recruitment and employment services, classification and compensation, employee relations, test development and validation job analysis, job evaluation, salary administration, HR program evaluation, or HR policy formulation and an additional four years of professional HR management work experience in the areas of recruitment and selection, classification, salary administration, employee relations, test development and validation or as a generalist.


1. Candidates may substitute paraprofessional personnel work experience on a year-for-year basis for up to four years of the required experience. Paraprofessional personnel work is defined as work involving the application of public sector personnel procedures, policies, rules and regulations to specific employment actions.  Appropriate paraprofessional personnel experience includes responsibility for activities such as: preparing and maintaining employment records, calculating salaries, applying personnel-related rules and policies, preparing personnel-related reports, conducting employee orientation and counseling employees regarding benefits and obligations and responding to inquiries concerning employment procedures.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years and six months of professional HR experience involving recruitment and employment services, classification and compensation, employee relations, test development and validation, job analysis, job evaluation, salary administration, HR program evaluation, or HR policy formulation for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of thirty graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the fields of HR/personnel administration, human resources management, business administration, public administration, statistics, tests and measurements, psychology or a related field for up to six years of the required experience.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in human resources management classifications or human resources management specialty codes in the human resources management field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.


2 years of experience working with SPMS, Workday and JobAps or other similar HRIS systems


Experience in Employee/Labor Relations work; conducting workplace investigations, imposing disciplinary actions, participating and understanding mitigation, grievance and appeal process, provide recommendations to management and employee for resolution of work related matters


Experience managing statutory timelines


Experience working with Unions/MOU




1. Employees in this classification are required to obtain certification in State Personnel Management System policies and procedures and in the functionality of the Statewide Personnel System from the Office of Personnel Services and Benefits, Maryland Department of Budget and Management within six months from the time of appointment to the position.  Employees are also required to obtain recertification every six months thereafter.

2. 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.


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.


All information concerning the qualifications, including any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certificate, etc.) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.

For positions that require Bachelor/Master Degree etc:

Educational credentials from foreign countries must be evaluated by an approved education review service. This evaluation must be submitted prior to hire. For further information, you may call International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (302) 737-8715 or World Education Services Inc. 1-800-932-3897 or (202) 331-2925.


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.

The examination for this recruitment will be an evaluation and rating of the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is essential that the application is filled out completely and accurately, listing all relevant education and experience, addressing the specific qualifications shown above and submitting any required documentation (diploma, transcript, certification, license, etc.). Please include clear, detailed and specific information on your application regarding experience qualifications related to the minimum qualifications, desired, and/or selective qualifications of the position.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The online application is STRONGLY preferred. However, if you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.



Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:


Office of the Public Defender - Human Resources Division

Attn: Janynee Bailey-Covington   

6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1304

Baltimore, MD 21202


For additional information, please contact Janynee Covington at 410-767-8500 or via email


The MD State Application Form can be found online


The Office of the Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the Office of the Public Defender that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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