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English Learners Specialist

Recruitment #18-005055-0023


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


State Salary Grade 21

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


Nancy S, Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for providing technical assistance and programmatic support to the State and to local education agencies (LEAs) for state and local programs, data, assessments, and accountability for English learners (ELs).


Provides leadership, technical assistance monitoring and guidance to LEAs regarding the collection, validation, and submission of data for English Learners; provides training for the implementation of English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments; assists with the administrative duties of the ESOL Program including the management of Title III grant activities supporting K-12 English Language programs; collects, manages and analyzes data that guides and informs decisions regarding English language development (ELD) programs; provides professional development to local EL supervisors regarding the ELP assessment to ensure alignment with curriculum and instruction of EL as required by federal and State law; collaborates with higher education and national EL experts; and represents the State in issues pertaining to English Language Learners.


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education, Education Administration/Supervision, English Language Learning, or a related field.  Maryland certification in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Four (4) years of professional administrative or teaching experience in or affiliated with an education program. Administrative experience in an area related to English Language Learning programs is required.


  1. Two years of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a Doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted    for one year of the experience requirements.


Knowledge of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Title III, knowledge of trends, regulations, policies and issues that address English Language Learner programs; knowledge of ESOL principles and programs; knowledge of ELP standards; knowledge of curriculum development and instruction of English Language Learners; knowledge of performance assessment for English Language Learner students K-12 education programs; skill in implementing, monitoring and evaluating education programs; skill in developing and presenting professional development programs; ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations and standards governing English Language Learner programs; ability to collect and organize ELP data; ability to organize and manage multiple tasks; ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


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 October 26, 2018 - Open until filled.


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