Disability Employment & Initiatives

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Employment Initiatives for People with Disabilities, Veterans & Veterans with Disabilities


Montgomery County Government is committed to hiring a well-qualified, motivated, and diverse pool of applicants who will be able to deliver quality services to our residents.  We believe that people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities are often overlooked as a recruiting source for employees who are motivated and productive.  This section provides information on various programs intended to foster a truly diverse workforce.

Program Goal
  • The purpose of this program is to provide applicants with disabilities who have limited work experience and have not held merit positions with MCG, employment opportunities with the County with the intent of developing skills and gaining experience that may lead to employment post LEAP4MCG participation. 
  • LEAP4MCG is a partnership between the Office of Human Resources and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Position Type
  • Full-time or part-time paid positions that include benefits and eligibility to participate in MCG’s retirement plan
Duration
  • Two-year term positions
Eligibility
 Applicants must:
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for certification by the Maryland Department of Rehabilitation or equivalent out-of-state agency,  and
  • Be certified by the Maryland Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services or by an equivalent out-of-state vocational rehabilitation agency as meeting the definition of persons with severe disabilities document based upon medical evidence (Schedule A Letter); and
  • Meet the minimum requirements for the position and be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation;  and
  • Provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to their first date of employment. Individuals who are unable to be vaccinated should contact OHR@montgomerycountymd.gov to discuss possible accommodations.
Applicants must not:
  • Be current or prior County merit employees
How to Apply
  • Generally, LEAP4MCG positions are available at the beginning of every other fiscal year (approximately  July 2021, July 2023, etc.). 
  • Positions are identified as LEAP4MCG positions and posted on MCG's Careers website at www.WORK4MCG.com and this webpage, along with the job title and grade of the position. 
  • Once posted, each job is open to applications for two weeks. 
  • Before applying for a position, applicants must create an AccessMCG Extranet Account. Information on how to create an account and apply for a position can be found on MCG’s Careers website, www.WORK4MCG.com and in this step-by-step document.
  • Specific instructions will be included in the job announcement regarding how to submit a Schedule A letter. 
Reasonable Accommodations
  • Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law.
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Program Goal
  • The purpose of this program is to provide education and training to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through an innovative workforce and career development model that benefits the individual, the workplace and community. 
Position Type
  • Interns are unpaid and work on a volunteer basis.
Duration
  • The program runs from September to June, and is based on school year calendar.
  • Interns participate in three 10-week, intensive worksite internships supported by SEEC job coaches.
  • Interns work approximately 25 hours per week and attend one hour of classroom instruction daily.
  • Program hours: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Eligibility
  • The program is limited to a maximum of 10 interns per year.
  • Montgomery County transitioning youth with disabilities (recent high school students or recent high school graduates) or young adults between the ages of 18 and 28)
  • DDA funding
  • Interns must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Applicants must not:
  • Be current or prior County merit employees
How to Apply
  • Click here to apply. 
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Priority Consideration for Initial Appointment to a County Merit System Position.

Priority consideration is given to the following persons in the following order:
  1. a veteran with a disability
  2. an equal preference for a veteran without a disability and for a person with a disability.
Hiring Preference Requirements for a Veteran with a Disability:
  1. Must be rated and placed in the highest rating category on the eligible list;
  2. Must be a veteran rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more;
  3. Must have been honorably discharged from a branch of the United States armed services; and
  4. Must not have used veteran’s credit to receive priority consideration for appointment to a Montgomery County position.
Hiring Preference Requirements for a Veteran without a Disability:
  1. Must be rated and placed in the highest rating category on the eligible list;
  2. Must have been honorably discharged from a branch of the United States armed services; and
  3. Must not have used veteran's credit to receive priority consideration for appointment to a Montgomery County position.

Prior to appointment to a Merit System position, eligible veterans will be required to submit a copy of form DD 214 for verification of military discharge information.

Hiring Preference Requirements for a Person with a Disability:
  1. Must be rated and placed in the highest rating category on the eligible list;
  2. Must have a developmental disability, severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability within the meaning of 5 CFR 213.3102(u), the criteria used by the Federal Office of Personnel Management for noncompetitive appointment to Federal merit system positions under its special hiring authority; and
  3. Must be certified by the Maryland Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services or equivalent out-of-state vocational rehabilitation agency as meeting the above standard of disability. 

Hiring Preference Points for veterans in a public safety uniformed positions:

  1. Police Officer
  2. Firefighter
  3. Correctional Officer

If you wish to claim any of the above preferences for a Montgomery County merit system position, you must answer the Hiring Preference online questions as part of your application.  These questions can be found in the Equal Employment Opportunity Section (Step 2) of the application process.  If you are placed in the highest rating category on the eligible list for positions that you apply for, you will be contacted to obtain the required confirmation documents.  Please email the Office of Human Resources at OHR@montgomerycountymd.gov if you have any questions. 

This information is voluntary but must be provided in order to claim employment preference.  It will be kept confidential and will only be used during the hiring process to apply employment preference and will not be used in evaluating your application.

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity.  Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources and request a Human Resources Specialist at 240-777-5199 Voice or 240-777-5126 TTY for assistance and guidance.  You may also request a reasonable accommodation for the selection process via email to OHR@montgomerycountymd.gov.  Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

If you have a permanent, severe physical, psychiatric or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity and are certified by Maryland Department of Education Division of Rehabilitation Services (or an equivalent out of State Agency), you may meet the eligibility requirements under the Non-Competitive Hiring Program.

To create a profile, submit documentation of your disability (this is required) and upload your resume into our Hiring Initiative Registration for Employment Database (HIRED), please login to the website below:

Login: Hiring Initiative Registration for Employment Database (HIRED)

Please note that this process is not linked to a specific position, but establishes a pool of applicants who can be considered for openings as they occur.

For additional assistance or information please forward your inquiry to  OHR@montgomerycountymd.gov.

To maximize employment opportunities, applicants are also encouraged to visit the Careers website to view current vacancies.

Other information:

  1. Non-Competitive Appointment of Persons with Severe Disabilities to County Merit Positions
  2. Montgomery County Government Careers website for hiring initiatives for people with disabilities, veterans and veterans with disabilities and current employment vacancies information.