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Special Education Resource and Policy Specialist

Recruitment #17-005055-0023




State Salary Grade 21

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


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position, Education Specialist I, is to ensure that the Maryland State Department of Education is in compliance with the Federal and State regulations regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This position will ensure fidelity in the implementation of the IDEA regulation by (1) assessing and conducting on-site monitoring of local school systems, including juvenile correctional facilities, public agencies, and early intervention programs; (2) providing differentiated technical assistance to designated local schools, public agencies, and early intervention staff; (3) preparing written correspondence and other correspondence for assigned local schools, early intervention programs, and public agencies; and (4) assessing programs to identify the supports and resources needed from the other branches within the DSE/EIS.


Provides technical assistance and support to Division Branch Chiefs aligned with the State Performance Plan and for reporting results to Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP); assists the Branch Chief, with the development of policy resource materials; responds to verbal and written inquiries from the general public, parents, professionals and other interested parties regarding the Department’s policy interpretation of the special education process, laws, rules, regulations, and procedures; develops, maintains, and revises State statutes and regulations to meet federal law and requirements for the provision of services to students with disabilities; facilitates completion of resource documents, guidelines, presentations, and technical assistance bulletins related to the provision of special education, related services, and best practices; conducts on-site monitoring visits to infants and toddlers programs and local school systems to assess compliance with federal and State regulations; develops reports and data-driven self-assessments for improved results and compliance with prescribed timelines, including satisfying all applicable progress reporting timelines.   


EDUCATION: Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate course work in Special Education, Education Administration/Supervision or Education related field.  

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of experience in coordinating or administering special education programs or services directly related to the position.


Knowledge of State and federal laws, regulations, policies, and issues affecting young children with disabilities and their families; knowledge of early intervention and early childhood education programs; skill in analyzing and interpreting data for program improvement ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to interpret and apply pertinent laws and regulations; ability to establish and maintain working relationships; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses and reports.


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.


Applications should be received by December 15, 2017 – Open Until Filled.


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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, Resource and Policy Specialist #039712, JobAps # 17-005055-0023

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.

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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.