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Grants Coordinator

Recruitment #17-005055-0017



State Salary Grade 21

Annual Salary Range: $ 60,543 – $88,424


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a specialized professional position responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance in the areas of grant administration and coordination for the Library and Services Technology Act (LSTA) federal grants program, identification and management of other government as well as private funding opportunities for Maryland libraries, and the development of technological solutions for library-related initiatives for Maryland’s libraries.


Plans statewide library development by providing information, consultation, and continuing education services to local librarians through a statewide library network, administers and leverages government and private library grant programs to design, implement and sustain programs supported under LSTA. LSTA is a grants-to-states program of the federal funding agency, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that promotes access to the information resources and services provided by all types of libraries. This employee provides leadership to libraries in carrying out statewide and local federal programs according to federal regulations and contract terms and provides technical assistance and consultation in support of educational initiatives for all age groups, from birth through adult.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work. A Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or closely related field is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Four (4) years of administrative work in, or affiliated with an educational program with varied professional library experience. Experience that includes grant writing and management is preferred.


  1. Two additional years of experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Knowledge of trends and issues in library services, including the changing role of libraries in today’s technology-rich environment; knowledge of the Library Services and Technology Act and associated funding processes; knowledge of grant writing and grant management; knowledge of planning, policy interpretation, and using guidelines to assist Public Library Administrators, Trustees, and government officials in developing improved library services; knowledge of the methods for collecting, managing and analyzing data; skill in using a variety of computer software and new technologies; skill in using spreadsheets and data management; knowledge of budget development and expenditure controls; skill in training, mentoring and staff development; skill in translating trends and needs into strategic directions; ability to develop standards, guidelines, and other criteria for the implementation, evaluation, and improvement of library services; skill in planning, organizing and managing multiple tasks: ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations and standards governing public libraries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders; ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be flexible and creative in a changing environment; ability to communicate effectively.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible 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.


For immediate consideration please submit your application by November 10, 2017 - Open until filled.


To apply for this position online go to Maryland State Library Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.  

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for – Education Program Specialist I, Grants Coordinator Public Libraries and State Networking Branch (PLSNB), #039645 (JobAps#17-005055-0017) Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.  

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. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at  

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request