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Supervisor of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit

Staff Specialist IV

Recruitment #23-005292-0003


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.




Division of Rehabilitation Services
1890 N. Market Street, Suite 300
Frederick, MD  21701


The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit was created to serve all Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals who apply to the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) for services. These services include assistive technology, interpreters, job placement, higher education, job coaching, and self-advocacy. DORS also authorizes services that are specialized for deaf consumers. The Supervisor of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit will oversee and manage the work of professional rehabilitation counselors and support staff within the Unit. 

Position Duties Include:

  • Planning, directing, developing, and implementing vocational rehabilitation programs and for evaluating the effectiveness of programs and service provisions
  • Providing specialized technical assistance and services to staff and consumers within the district
  • Ensuring counselors and staff apply federal and state laws, regulations, and division policy in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services 
  • Reviewing and approving eligibility determination decisions, the planning and implementation of vocational rehabilitation, and provide oversight of service expenditures
  • Coordinating hiring, training, and professional development for staff, and all other related supervisory responsibilities 
  • Managing all office-related functions, including lease management and maintenance of physical office space


Education: A master’s degree or at least 36 hours of equivalent post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university

Experience: Five years of professional work in rehabilitation programs

1. Candidates may substitute a bachelor's degree and two additional years of the required experience for the master's degree (or 36 graduate credits).
2. The above requirements are set by the Maryland State Department of Education in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104, Annotated Code of Maryland.


All candidates must be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).


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


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 and selective qualifications for the position. If you are 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. The supplemental questionnaire 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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