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Early Literacy Specialist (part-time)

Recruitment #19-005055-0028


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:  $63,925 - $93,364  prorated @ 50%   


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 2120

Main Purpose of Job

This is a 50% part-time contractual position responsible for providing leadership and oversight for Maryland’s Early Literacy Initiative program and is responsible for providing support and technical assistance in all matters pertaining to grant implementation..


Provides leadership in the management, communication, and implementation of Maryland’s Early Literacy Initiative program to ensure implementation of high-quality literacy plans and evidence-based practices for disadvantaged children; performs grant management functions including Request for Proposal development, application review, and awarding of state funds; presents symposia, workshops, and meetings on the alignment of comprehensive literacy plans and identifying and implementing interventions and practices supported by evidence; develops and implements a monitoring plan to collect data and other evidence on the alignment and fidelity of implementation of the grant program; prepares reports summarizing the status of efforts under the Initiative. 


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education, Education Administration/Supervision, Literacy, Reading/English Language Arts or a closely related field.  Certification in Early Childhood Education, Reading and/or English Language Arts is preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional teaching or administrative/supervision experience in or affiliated with an education program, including two years of experience coordinating or administering an education program directly related to the position; grant management experience is preferred.  Experience with an Early Childhood or Elementary English Language Arts education program is preferred. 

NOTE: Two additional years of experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree


Knowledge of the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and the Maryland comprehensive Literacy Plan; knowledge of early literacy programs; knowledge of curriculum and evidence-based instructional practices in English Language Arts and literacy; skill in implementing, monitoring, and evaluating education programs; skill in developing and presenting professional learning programs; knowledge of school improvement programs; skill in monitoring and document grant financial activity; skill organizing/ managing multiple tasks and timelines; ability to work as a team member; ability to 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 September 13, 2019 - Open Until Filled.


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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.