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Director of Attorney Recruitment
Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) advocates statewide for securing justice, protecting civil rights, and preserving liberty.  We are 900+ employees strong and have been the voice of the voiceless across Maryland since 1972. Our work spans criminal, juvenile, parental defense and involuntary commitment proceedings. OPD’s vision is for Justice, Fairness, and Dignity for All. Employees are committed to the core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united as a team in achieving OPD’s mission

To ensure that OPD continues to hire zealous, committed, and diverse attorneys and volunteers, we are seeking a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as the Director of Attorney Recruitment. The Director will serve on the Senior Management Team and lead Agency-wide attorney, leadership, and volunteer recruitment efforts.
The Director of Attorney Recruitment spearheads all Agency efforts to recruit and hire dedicated, talented, and mission-driven attorneys. Working collaboratively with leaders across the state and members of the Senior Management Team, this position serves in both a collaborative and managing role within OPD, providing leadership, expertise, and vision for OPD’s attorney recruitment and volunteer programs. Working closely with OPD’s Human Resources Director, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, General Counsel, and EEO Director, the Recruitment Director establishes, implements, and oversees hiring and promotional practices that align with the Agency’s vision and priorities.

  • Perform full cycle recruitment for attorney and leadership level talent across OPD. Responsible for drafting job postings, circulating those postings, overseeing the screening and interviewing processes
  • Work with OPD attorney management teams to understand their hiring needs and challenges and craft targeted recruitment strategies and processes to help meet their hiring needs.
  • Collaboratively with OPD’s DEI and HR Directors, ensure the implementation of best practices and processes to promote diversity and inclusivity at every stage in the attorney hiring process.
  • Design and implement a hiring model that meets OPD’s needs but with the goal of creating a positive candidate experience.
  • Ensure that all hiring practices comply with State and Federal rules, regulations, and laws.
  • Serve as a champion for strong DEI practices and policies across the organization, including using effective change management practices to support and accelerate DEI goals and initiatives.
  • Implement a comprehensive talent pipeline and secure new candidates by creating and implementing a comprehensive sourcing strategy and engaging with top attorney talent while building positive, lasting relationships.
  • Collaboratively with HR, develop and implement an onboarding plan for attorneys and volunteers. 
  • Oversee all aspects of OPD’s volunteer and pro bono programs.
  • Supervise and collaborate with an administrative professional assigned to the Recruitment Division.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience.
  • Strong leadership skills, including an understanding of how to lead organizational change and manage conflict within a large organization.
  • Excellent soft skills including: interpersonal, communications, and organizational skills.
  • Strong teamwork and relationship building skills with a collaborative approach to working with others.
  • Demonstrated track record of thinking systemically and measuring progress.
  • The ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar or bar of another state. Attorneys barred in another state must become members of the Maryland Bar within 18 months of start date.
Position: Director of Attorney Recruitment
Organization: State of Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Location: Linthicum Heights,  MD 
United States
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Posting Start Date: 5/8/2022
Date Posted: 5/8/2022
Requirements If you wish to be considered for this position please click here to fill out the application and please submit the following materials in one email to opd-jobs.law@maryland.gov: (1) current resume or CV, (2) cover letter addressing the above qualifications, and (3) list of references. In the subject line of the email please indicate “Director of Attorney Recruitment.” Incomplete applications will not be considered.
CLOSING DATE: June 20, 2022

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourage people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply. Attorneys are full-time employees who serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. Criminal Procedure Art., Section 16-203(d). Attorneys cannot engage in the private practice of law while in this position.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/6/2022
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Organization Information
State of Maryland Office of the Public Defender
839 Elkridge Landing Road
4th Floor
Linthicum Heights,  MD 21090
United States
(410) 691-1530
Marie Figueroa Ocasio