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Special Projects Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools

Recruitment #18-005222-0001


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:  $64,608 - $94,335


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a designated professional assistant position serving as a special projects assistant to the State Superintendent Schools responsible for leading and implementing executive initiatives and coordinating strategic plans along with cross-functional initiatives. Also this position tracks key initiative progress, while leading and executing special projects.   


Leads Department initiatives, special projects, new initiatives to improve organizational efficiency, visibility, and organization-wide leadership development;  ensures effective coordination and collaboration among all key divisions and offices including assistance to local school systems related to outreach, intervention, compliance monitoring, consultation and technical assistance; participates in and tracks policy reviews and the work of key task forces related to organization-wide initiatives which contribute to the State Superintendent’s vision and functions; prepares policy papers, facts, research findings, review of materials, and remarks/talking points for speaking engagements and presentations on behalf of the State Superintendent; evaluates program effectiveness, determines program needs, and recommends plans for advancing program objectives; organizes and coordinates meetings and serves as liaison between MSDE and constituents in carrying out MSDE program objectives.


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of coursework in Communications, Education, Public Administration, or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Four years of administrative and/or management experience in an education or related field/program that involved education program management, communications, or project management. Experience with policy or public relations is desirable.


Knowledge of education policy issues; skill in researching, organizing, and communicating education policy; skill in managing projects and initiatives across multiple areas of the organization; skill in organizing and managing multiple tasks; demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with multiple parties to lead and manage activities; ability to interface, impact and influence at all levels within the organization; ability to assess and identify problems and recommend appropriate improvements and solutions; ability to use sound judgment; 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 July 13, 2018 – 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 – Designated Administrative  Manager IV  -  Special Projects Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools #039346 (JobAps# 18-005222-0001) 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