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Special Education Research and Data Systems Specialist

Recruitment #18-005055-0026



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. 


Grade 21 Standard Salary Schedule

$62,063 - $90,644


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a contractual professional position responsible for providing data analysis and technical support for federal reports, State and Division reports and presentations, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of data to be used for programmatic improvement, professional development, and measuring the results of the Division’s Strategic Plan. 


Participates in the evaluation of the Part B and Part C State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIPs); participates in the annual Part B and Part C SSIP evaluation submission to the Office of Special Education Programs; identifies research questions for investigation including those that support programmatic improvement, professional development, and measuring the results of the Division’s Strategic Plan; uses SPSS and/or SAS program code to analyze data and answer research questions; analyzes and monitors trend data to be used by division staff toward program improvement and professional development; presents research findings and conclusions at both the State and national level; publishes findings on Maryland Learning Links, in peer reviewed journals, and in other publications.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.  

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional experience as a research or data analyst in education or other related field, must have previous experience with SAS or SPSS.


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 special education data collection systems; knowledge of data manipulation, appending, sorting, and transposing datasets; skill in the use of SAS and/or SPSS (required and must be noted on application for consideration); skill in data management/analysis and in creating data collection systems.

Must have experience with data analysis or research specific to early childhood intervention and/or special education services for children with disabilities.


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 April 26, 2019Open Until Filled.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date.

Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position and your answers to the selective questions.

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and not write "see resume.”

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


To apply for this position online go to MSDE 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,– Special Education Data Systems Specialist, CTR # 335210 Jobaps# 18-005055-0026.

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 available upon request.