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Recruitment #23-002586-0139


Limited to current contractual employees of the Maryland Office of The Public Defender only.


As a State agency, Maryland Office of the Public Defender (MOPD) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. MOPD is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or genetic information.

All applicants must be able to communicate effectively with clients and visitors and possess the ability to complete tasks in a fast-paced work environment.  Applicants must be able to work in various positions, and travel to various courtrooms and office environments in the jurisdiction.  MOPD is further committed to providing equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs and activities by modifying or adjusting the job application process or the job or work environment to make reasonable accommodations to the known applicant or employee to enable the applicant or employee be considered for the position they desire; to perform the essential functions of the position in question; or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by other similarly situated employees without disabilities, unless the accommodation imposes an undue hardship.  Applicants must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment. Applicants must have access to a motor vehicle or be able to navigate public transportation. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact Tawanda Jackson, Human Resources Supervisor, 410-767-8503 

The Office of the Public Defender is seeking an Administrator to lead its Peer Support Unit. This includes supervising peer recovery specialists and parent peer advocates who serve on multidisciplinary teams representing public defender clients in criminal and/or family regulation proceedings. 




300 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

he Peer Unit Administrator directs the operations of the Peer Support Unit. This includes providing supervision, training, and support to the Peer Recovery Specialists, Parent Peer Advocates and Lead managing their activities and compliance with grant obligations; implementing agency policies and project protocols; coordinating workflows; establishing and maintaining relationships with outside service providers; conducting training about OPD’s peer services; collecting data; and assisting with grant reporting and related administrative needs.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Supervise peer recovery support specialists, family support workers, and peer team leads. 

Work with district and division leadership to ensure a coordinated delivery of
services between Peer Recovery Support Specialists/Family Support Workers, Social Workers, and Attorneys.

Connect peer staff with community-based treatment programs and other service providers, coordinate site visits and troubleshoot problems. 

Ensure that all peer staff meet the training and continuing education requirements for their certification and receive other training relevant to their responsibilities and professional development. 

Conduct outreach and training about OPD’s peer services. 

Collect data about staff activities and client impact. Assist with grant reporting and related administrative needs.


Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Four years of administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

4. 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 experience.


  • Supervisory experience, particularly of people with lived experience.
  • Background in family regulation, criminal justice, substance abuse, and/or mental health.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and able to meet internal and external deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel across the region.


Limited to current  contractual employees of the Office of the Public Defender only.


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.


Employees in this classification who fail to obtain the required certification by the end of 24 months of continuous employment with the hiring department shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.


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 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. Applicants selected for interview will be required to complete a writing sample onsite during the interview process.


Online applications preferred.  Please fax all paper applications and questionnaires to (410) 333-2260.

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


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