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Birth-21 Accountability for Improved Performance (AIP) Specialist

Recruitment #20-005055-0002


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


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for Special Education policy development and review, product development, and cross-divisional technical assistance activities of the Division with public agencies to carry out federal and State regulations, maintain compliance, and participate in the MD Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report.


Provides technical assistance & support to Division Branch Chiefs aligned with the State Performance Plan & for reporting results to Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP); assists Branch Chief, with development of policy resource materials; responds to inquiries from the general public, parents, professionals & other interested parties regarding the Department’s policy interpretation of the special education process, laws, rules, regulations, procedures; develops, maintains, & revises State statutes/regulations to meet federal law requirements for the provision of services to students with disabilities; facilitates completion of resource documents, guidelines, presentations & technical assistance bulletins related to the provision of special education, related services,; conducts on-site monitoring visits to infants & toddlers programs / local school systems to assess compliance with federal and State regulations.


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

Experience: Four years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program.


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.


Previous administrative or teaching experience with special education programs preferred.

Knowledge of State and federal laws, regulations, policies, and issues affecting young children with disabilities & their families; knowledge of early intervention & early childhood education programs; skill in analyzing and interpreting data for program improvement ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to interpret and apply pertinent laws / regulations; ability to establish & maintain working relationships; ability to communicate clearly, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses and reports highly desired.



Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. 

Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

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 (if required).



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps.  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. 

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 , contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at   

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities available upon request  

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