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Recruitment #23-002711-0079


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for a contractual Council and Commission Program Specialist (Administrative Officer I) within its Office of the Secretary.  

This is a full-time contractual position




The World Trade Center, 401 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Main Purpose of Job

This position is under the direction of the Executive Director of the Maryland Economic Development Commission (MEDC) & Commerce Subcabinet and will also perform related tasks as directed by the Chair of the Maryland Economic Council (MEC).  This position will serve as the primary staff to the MEC and will schedule meetings, and conduct outreach with economic development stakeholders, assist in coordination of data collection, perform data analysis, and prepare associated reports. 


The position will support the MEDC, the Maryland Entertainment Council and other Boards as assigned with meeting logistics, scheduling, preparation of minutes, agendas, and reports and other tasks as assigned.  This position will also support the development of the Department’s strategic plan which includes coordination with assigned staff of the Department of Commerce. Specific responsibilities include engaging and organizing outreach methods for input from economic development stakeholders, boards and industry leaders as defined; preparing summary and analysis of input; tracking information as required by the MEC; ensuring data collected and findings of the MEC are evaluated in the development of the Strategic Plan; interacting with Department representatives, members of various councils and commissions regarding policies, trends, data analysis and best practices; working collaboratively among public, private sector, and non-profit sectors to communicate Department goals and functions and that of the MEC and MEDC.  This position will assist in the preparation of final reports and participate in the development of recommendations for improvement of the Department or its programs and in the planning and implementation of new or revised programs, procedures and policies.

The selected candidate will be detail oriented, possess excellent interpersonal skills to work with high-level public, private sector, and other officials and maintain effective working relationships; excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to handle multiple, concurrent and high priority projects and possess proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Mail, Salesforce and/or other relevant software. Some statewide travel is required.


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


Experience: One year of administrative staff or professional work.


1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work that included regular use of independent judgment and analysis in applying and interpreting complex administrative plans, policies, rules or regulations or analysis of operational programs or procedures with recommendations for improvement 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.

1. Demonstrated knowledge of and work experience in data collection and analysis; 

2. Experience in the use of business databases; knowledge of economic development research tools including socio-economic data and survey analysis; the ability to interpret statistical information, and 

3. Recent business or economic development 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.

Please make sure you answer the supplemental questionnaire.


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.


If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410-767-6300. You may also visit our website at:

It is highly preferred that you apply online. Please include a resume along with the supplemental questionnaire to your online application.  If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the State paper application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire (by closing date) to:

Maryland Department of Commerce - Office of Human Resources
World Trade Center – 401 East Pratt Street, 10TH Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

As an E-Verify and 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 and encourage them to apply.

 TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 1-800-735-2258

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