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Statewide Project Search Program Coordinator

Recruitment #23-008998-0006


The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is charged with coordinating and improving the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Maryland.




Maryland Department of Disabilities
217 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Statewide Project Search Coordinator will improve fidelity and employment outcomes through the provision of technical and professional development.


The Statewide Project SEARCH Coordinator will:

Program Education and Coordination: Act as a lead in coordinating statewide/regional collaborative of employment service providers engaged in/interested in Project SEARCH programs. Hold annual/periodic learning opportunities; create competency standards around Project SEARCH employment service supports.  Convene and conduct regular meetings of the State Agency Project Council composed of representatives from MSDE, DORS, DDA, Labor, and MDOD’s Director of Employment/Transition Policy.  Make recommendations to Advisory Council on strategies to improve employment outcomes of local sites and provide progress reports and updates and work with the Council to collect information from all Project Search stakeholders (business, individuals with disabilities, schools, providers) to determine training/professional needs at both the state and local level.      

Training/Professional Development:  Identify training needs for local Project SEARCH sites. Provide training and professional development opportunities for local Project SEARCH sites.  Coordinate with National Project SEARCH staff for professional development. Host regular meetings with representatives from local Project SEARCH, and an annual Project SEARCH statewide Conference.  Identify and implement in partnership with local sites national best practices.

Fidelity/Data Collection/Monitoring:  Use the National Project SEARCH database to collect, review, and analyze state data.  Assist local sites with self-monitoring and identification of areas for improvement. Track and provide quarterly and annual fiscal and program reports with the goal of improving employment outcomes for Project SEARCH participants.  Measure and ensure local sites fidelity to National Project SEARCH model. 

Administrative:  Support state procurement processes, maintain required documentation, ensure compliance with MOU and reporting requirements, prepare, and submit invoices and provide administrative support in support of Project SEARCH activities and related other as directed by. 

Marketing/Outreach: Create and maintain a MD Project SEARCH website page, highlight, and share success stories, and provide presentations.   Develop coordinated marketing materials for potential interns, families, school systems, businesses, and other partners and in coordination with State Agency partners, support interested local school systems and businesses in development of additional Project SEARCH sites. 


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in social work, psychology, education, counseling, or a related field.

Experience: Six years professional experience in education or workforce development services, three years must have been in working with providing employment services and supports to individuals with disabilities in integrated settings. 


1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or a Doctorate degree in a health or human services field from an accredited college or university for up to two years of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in another field plus an additional year of professional experience in health services for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Health Care Administration classifications or Health Services Administration specialty codes in the health related field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


The desired candidate should have experience working with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in employment.   Preference given to candidates with Project Search experience.


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.





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.


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.

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