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Education Policy Analyst

Recruitment #19-000301-0002


The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to fill the position of Staff Specialist II (Education Policy Analyst) the Office of Academic Affairs-Collegiate Affairs Unit. 





Nancy Grasmick Education Building

6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Fl.,  

Baltimore, MD  21201

Main Purpose of Job

The Staff Specialist II - Higher Education serves as an Education Policy Analyst and provides professional level services to the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) in the Office of Academic Affairs¬Collegiate Affairs Unit, and reports to the Associate Director of Collegiate Affairs. The position will provide professional services, including independent policy analysis, development, and implementation, to allow for MHEC to fulfill its statutory responsibilities with regard to the coordination, statewide planning, and regulation of postsecondary education. The selected candidate will be responsible to perform, but may not be limited to, the following activities:

1) Review new degree and certificate program proposals from in-state and out-of-state institutions in accordance with Maryland statute and regulations, and issue recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

2) Review new and renewal academic program proposals for consistency with the institution's approved mission, ability to meet regional and statewide workforce need, and congruence with the goals of the Maryland State Plan; ensure against program duplication and for adherence with Federal and State EEO obligations.

3) Interpret, apply, and clarify MHEC policy, and relevant sections of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for diverse internal/external constituents.

4) Recommend, develop, and initiate changes to State policies and regulations relating to requirements for in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities operating in Maryland.

5) Maintain academic and institutional program databases, inventories, and records.

6) Responsible for the working on various special projects such as Commission, statutory, and Joint Chairmen Reports, and serving on relevant taskforces, workgroups, and committees as assigned by the Associate Director of Collegiate Affairs.


Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree.

Experience: Two years of administrative or teaching experience in post-secondary education programs.


1. Possession of a master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

2. Possession of a doctoral degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Desirable Qualifications:

In addition to the minimum qualifications, desirable qualifications of qualified applicants include:  

a Master’s degree in Higher Education, Public Policy, or another relevant field from an accredited college/university

Demonstrated research and analytical abilities

Experience developing and applying policies and regulations, preferably in an academic affairs related setting

Awareness of current issues in higher education including online learning and prior-learning assessment strategies

Have potential to lead interagency work groups

Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, and Access) or other related software

Demonstrated ability to produce written reports

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Demonstrated ability to self-manage time to meet set deadlines

Experience working collaboratively as part of a team


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle.  employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


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 eligible (employment) 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. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



RESUME REQUIRED with online application and can be uploaded as an attachment under the Resume Tab of the online application.  Please combine all documents together as ONE attachment (resume, degree, etc.).  

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. 

If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:       

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston Street 

Room 608

Baltimore, MD  21201 

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the DBM Recruitment and Examination Division at or 410-767-4850, MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.A without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status). 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.