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Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist I/II

Two positions are available

Recruitment #23-005165-0039


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland. As part of the Maryland State Department of Education, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) provides services to assist students with disabilities prepare for the work world, vocational rehabilitation services to assist adults with significant disabilities who are seeking to enter or reenter the workforce, and the adjudication of Social Security disability claims for the citizens of Maryland.


I Level  - ASTD14
II Level - ASTD15


2301 Argonne Drive Baltimore, MD 21218


These positions are responsible for providing services to increase employment and advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

  • Initiate and complete a rehabilitation teaching service evaluation to determine the consumer’s needs and aide in the development of a plan of services.
  • Serve as a resource for Vocational and Clinical staff, to include an explanation of training needs and recommendations.
  • Review and examine medical records to make knowledgeable recommendations regarding provision of specific services and/ or devices.
  • Provide instruction in the skills of blindness to include Communication, Braille, mobility, household arts, and activities of daily living.
  • Prepare training curriculum, and adapt curriculum as needed based on the needs of the consumer.
  • Provide rehabilitation teaching services to promote job readiness for individuals seeking an employment outcome.       
  • Utilize assessment tools such as the Adaptive Services Inventory with the consumer to assist with planning.
  • Maintain expert knowledge of the skills of blindness, blindness resources, adaptive devices and assistive technology for the blind.
  • Identify services or assistive technology (low tech/ high tech) that can assist the individual in achieving independent living goals.
  • Educate the family/ significant others regarding the skills of blindness.
  • Assist with training on low technology devices.


Level I: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree

Level II: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree and two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field

Note: A Master’s Degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of 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.

  • Experience with providing career counseling and case management
  • Experience in the VR and/or Human Services - related field
  • Professional experience working with Individuals with disabilities
  • Experience with preparing others for employment, using job seeking tools and resources

    Applicants must consent to State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees with this Agency.


    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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.



    It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resources Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

    All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

    Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9391, TDD (410) 554-9399. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

    If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

    Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

    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.

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