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EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST I

Early Childhood Systems Specialist

Recruitment #20-005055-0001

Introduction

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. 

GRADE

State Salary Grade 21

Annual Salary Range: $64,565 - $94,298

LOCATION OF POSITION

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a contractual position responsible for providing technical assistance & program support to the Assistant State Superintendent within the Division of Early Childhood and the Director of the Preschool Development Grant Birth -5 (PDG B-5) in the areas of birth to 8 early childhood systems and initiatives.

POSITION DUTIES

Research, analyze & make recommendations on administrative, management & procedural practices; write concise reports & correspondence; handle confidential/sensitive information & exercise discretion; review & assist in the development of monitoring policies & programs, including birth through 8 early childhood systems & initiatives; identify program needs regarding the transition of young children across early childhood programs & into public school; research, & evaluate best practices/strategies within the birth-8 state system; monitor programmatic & fiscal progress of grantees in accordance with state policies & procedures; conduct on-site visits of programs & provide technical assistance to grantees & early childhood programs; consult with public/private organizations regarding program monitoring & accounting policies; and represent the Division of Early Childhood to internal and external stakeholders. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in a related Educational field.

Experience: Four years of experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service. 

Experience directly related to Early Childhood preferred. 

Experience in grant monitoring, administration and implementation highly desired.

Notes:

1. Two additional years of experience directly related to the position option may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.

2. Possession of a Doctorate in a field related to the position option may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

3. The required field of education and experience are unique for each option and are established by MSDE in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The specific education and experience qualifications for each position are on record in the Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services of the Department of Education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Education Program classifications or Education Program specialty codes in the Education field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Experience directly related to Early Childhood preferred. 

Experience in grant monitoring, administration and implementation highly desired.

LIMITATIONS ON SELECTION

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.

SELECTION PROCESS

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.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

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 (if required).

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and not write "see resume.”

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

BENEFITS

Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.

As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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. 

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 I – Early Childhood Systems Position #104095 - (JobAps #20-005055-0001).

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 http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities available upon request