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Recruitment #23-000848-0002


MDEM is looking for a diligent, detail-oriented individual who is excited about making Maryland a safer place to live and work by supporting MDEM's purchasing requests and assisting the procurement supervisor. 

NOTE: This position operates within an on-call rotating schedule according to assignment within the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to attend to all emergencies on a statewide 24/7 basis. This may involve working 12 hour shifts extended periods of time in support of 24 hour consequence management activities.

MDEM’s mission is to proactively reduce disaster risks and reliably manage consequences through collaborative work with Maryland’s communities and partners. MDEM is the department of State government with primary responsibility and authority for emergency preparedness policy, and for coordinating hazard mitigation, incident response, and disaster recovery. MDEM is a national leader in Emergency Management that provides Maryland residents, organizations, and emergency management partners with expert information, programmatic activities, and leadership in the delivery of financial, technical, and physical resources "to shape a resilient Maryland where communities thrive." We do this by being Maryland's designated source of official risk reduction and consequence management information.




5401 Rue St. Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Two COOP sites are as follows:

7450 Traffic Drive Building 4, Hanover, MD  21076

1 East Rolling Crossroads, Catonsville, MD 21228

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to assist the Procurement Officer (Supervisor) with purchasing requests of goods and services as well as beginner-level contract management for the Maryland Department of Emergency Management. This position will also assist with inventory for the agency, which includes tagging, entering equipment, and physical inventories. Emergency and disaster response and recovery operations as needed and/or assigned by Department’s Secretary, Deputy, Directors, or Operations Personnel. Employee is expected (mandatory) to staff the State Emergency Operations Center upon its activation for real- world emergency incidents and exercises. Employee attends trainings (required by the agency by established deadlines) and retains competencies to be appropriately prepared to meet SEOC staffing needs, including understanding the National Incident Management System' s Incident Command Structure (NIMS ICS) and WebEOC, which the SEOC will utilizes (MDEM ' s Real-time situation reporting) during response operations. Employee supports SEOC activations, which may involve extended work hours, as well as extraordinary stress levels, given that a disaster event occurs requiring SEOC activation(s).

Employee will be expected to perform command functions for incident management needs with competence and reliability under the NIMS ICS. Employee may be required to report to an alternate location to perform SEOC duties, in the event of the COOP Plan activations. 1 Provide effective, efficient, and timely delivery of program services and processing of procurement needs. Initiate requisitions and purchase orders in FMIS and eMMA as appropriate. Purchasing of goods and services and other procurement related duties for the Department. This position will have its core duties, as well as serving as backup to the Procurement Officer. 2 MDEM Inventory Control duties that include receiving and tagging items purchased by the Department. This position will be responsible for following the state rules on Corporate Purchasing Card activities and reporting. Will process travel requests as well as procurements as required by the Department and in support of the Procurement Officer.


Experience: Five years of experience, one year experience in contract management or procurement involving duties such as: soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts and ensuring compliance with governmental procurement laws, regulations and conditions and an additional four years of experience in professional or paraprofessional contract management or procurement.


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and one year of experience in contract management or procurement involving duties such as: soliciting, evaluating, negotiating and awarding contracts and ensuring compliance with governmental procurement laws, regulations and conditions for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate education at an accredited college or university at the rate of thirty credit hours for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the following written certifications, obtained through passing an examination for four years of the required experience: Certified Public Manager from the National Association of Purchasing Management; Certified Professional Contracts Manager from the National Contract Management Association; Certified Public Purchasing Officer or Certified Professional Public Buyer from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. or National Association of  State Purchasing Officers).

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Contracting and Industrial Management classifications or Contracting and Industrial Management specialty codes in the Procurement field of work for one year of the required 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.


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.

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 prior to hire.


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.


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.


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: Maryland Department of Emergency Management, 5401 Rue Saint Lo Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136. 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 call 410-702-3633 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 States diversity.

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