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Communications Officer

Recruitment #19-006096-0007




Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D. - State Superintendent of Schools


The Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC), an independent State agency within the Maryland State Department of Education, has a position available for a Communications Officer (Administrator III). This position is responsible for developing communication content and implementing a public relations program to support the mission of the agency in that it serves to support the delivery of safe, healthy, and sufficient school facilities for students, teachers, and educational support staff in the State of Maryland.

We are seeking a highly motivated dynamic candidate to work in a self-directed environment, who possesses excellent written, verbal and analytical communication skills to compose engaging, effective multimedia content to impart knowledge, understanding, and transparency of all activities in the IAC.          


State Salary Grade 18

Annual Salary Range:  $52,687 - $76,844 


Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building 

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to provide communication and public relation strategies that will educate and inform the public and other stakeholders on the complex tasks of owning and affordably operating school facilities;  and will provide overall guidance on State funding to the local education agencies (LEAs). Comprehensive and specialized understanding of the mission of the IAC will help direct, develop, and coordinate the internal/external release of information. The position will direct the gathering of data, assembling of information, preparation of news articles, designs reports, and will develop informational materials for the agency; and develops key relationships with other State agencies, County agencies, LEAs, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.


Duties include strategic communications, creating newsletters, messaging, media relations, internal / external communications, branding, community relations, surveys, event management & related duties. Excellent verbal / written communication skills, including mastery of grammar & spelling; the ability to develop professionally written correspondence & reports; develops strategies & implements professional communications that will impart knowledge, understanding & transparency of all activities of the Interagency Committee (IAC). Ensure the agency web-site & other primary information sources are effective, useful & valuable to customers / stakeholders. Prepare graphics, logos, and images using graphic design software to enhance IAC communications and website.


EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business, public administration, marketing, management science, communications, journalism, or a related field.  

EXPERIENCE: One year of experience in professional work involving administrative responsibility for communications or marketing, web content development, graphic design or a related field of work.  


1.        Candidates may substitute a combination of education and experience in positions that involved responsibility for strategic communications, journalism or professional work on a year for year basis of the required education.

2.        Graphic design or web content development experience, preferred.


Must have demonstrable administrative experience with responsibility for communications or marketing, web content development, graphic design or a related field of work in current or previous held positions.

Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing for the development of internal/external communications, newsletters, branding, marketing and survey instruments.

Highly motivated in a self-directed work environment.

Ability to analyze department needs and present appropriate solutions.

Knowledge of printing methods and techniques including typography, layout, and composition.

Excellent multi-tasking and time management skills.

Exceptional customer service skills.

Detailed oriented with good analytical skills.

Strong organization skills.

Demonstrate knowledge and experience with Microsoft Windows and Office.


Experience with graphic design or web content development experience, preferred.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and 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, applications should be received by August 16, 2019 - Open Until Filled.


All candidates that wish to be considered for this recruitment must submit a cover letter and resume uploaded together as one document using the resume upload tab on the application.  

Cover letters should demonstrate how the candidate possesses the minimum, selective, and desired qualifications for the position.


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 supplemental questions.

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application, include a cover letter as requested, and updated resume. 

When completing the application do not write "see resume” in the job duties section of the form.  You must write detailed information regarding your job duties on the application to get credit for experience. 

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 a cover letter with 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 the application is for: Communications Officer (Administrator III), #002437 (JobAps #19-006096-0007)

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.

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