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Career Programs & Grants Specialist

Recruitment #20-005055-0015


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:  $64,565 - $84,198 (with progression to $103,661)   


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position providing leadership and support in the implementation of effective practices and federal and state laws, regulations, and policies that govern career and technical education (CTE) and is responsible for supporting (1) grants management (2) program implementation (3) career clusters management and (4) the implementation of Division priorities aimed at elevating CTE statewide.


The Career Programs and Grants Specialist is responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance to local school systems, community colleges, and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations associated with career and technical education (CTE); includes managing federal Perkins grants; supporting the development of CTE programs; monitoring the implementation of CTE programs; providing technical assistance to grant recipients; facilitating statewide meetings for local school systems, community colleges, and industry representatives; and collaborating with representatives from industry, higher education, and other groups to inform the continuous improvement of CTE. 


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

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) 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 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.


One year of experience with Career and Technical Education - grants management, or state or local-level education program administration.


Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and issues impacting career and technical education (CTE); knowledge of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), Code of Maryland Regulation 13A.04.02, Maryland CTE Four-Year State Plan, and Maryland Methods of Administration Plan; knowledge of effective grant management practices; skill in organizing and managing multiple projects, timelines, and deadlines; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders; and ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions. 


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.
For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.    
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.



Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and occasional 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.

To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or On-line applications (and resumes) are the required 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. 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 application for – Education Program Specialist I, Career Programs and Grants Specialist position #039557 (JobAps # 20-005055-0015) 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

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.