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Lead Specialist, Student Behavior & School Climate Initiatives

Recruitment #18-005056-0012



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 22

Annual Salary Range: $65,901 - $96,222


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position with primary responsibility for providing leadership, consultation, direction, and technical assistance in the development and implementation of behavioral interventions at the school, school system, and State level as required by Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.08.04.03 and 13A05.05.


This position is the lead specialist with primary responsibility for providing leadership, consultation, direction and technical assistance in the development and implementation of behavioral interventions at the school, school system and state level.  This position identifies best practices and evidence-based interventions for managing student behavioral issues at the universal, secondary and tertiary levels and leads training and technical assistance efforts to the Local Schools Systems in that area.  This position also functions as Department’s lead point person for local school systems in the areas of student behavior and school climate to reduce disruption, increase positive student behaviors, and improve school climate.  This position also functions as the Departments’ leader and State Coordinator for its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Initiative and leads interagency efforts related to student behavior and discipline and functions as Project Director on related grants programs.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post-baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education Administration/Supervision or education-related field from an accredited college or university.  

EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of administrative experience in coordinating or administering elementary education, secondary education, or student services’ programs designed for K-12 students. Experience in interpreting and implementing education policies is required.


Must have knowledge and experience with  the State's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Initiative.

Must have proven experience with grants and fiscal management of a program. 


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

Travel throughout the state is 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 March 15, 2019 – Open 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 at least 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.



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 II – Lead Specialist,  Student Behavior and School Climate Initiatives  PIN# 039607 (JobAps# 18-005056-0012)

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.