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Special Education Rates Compliance Specialist

Recruitment #20-005292-0001



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. 


Standard Salary Grade 19


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for coordinating interagency efforts to implement federal and State regulations, maintain compliance and provide technical assistance in establishing and implementing the Statewide rate setting structure and process for residential and nonresidential childcare programs for youth requiring out of home placements.


  • Provides technical assistance & support Rate Setting Initiative. 
  • Supports the day-to-day activities of the Interagency Rates Section. 
  • Assists with statewide rate setting strategies across multiple agencies, administrations, public and private partners. 
  • Supports the chair of Interagency Rates Committee. 
  • Drafts responses to legislative inquiry and direction related to youth requiring out-of- home placements.          
  • Disseminates annual rate packages for all providers. Tracks provider costs, service capacity, history and performance. 
  • Assists the Section Chief. 
  • Participates in monthly Interagency Rates Committee, Resource Development, and Licensing Committee meetings. 
  • Assists with the development and implementation of a fair and equitable statewide rate setting process.


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

Experience: Five years of administrative, teaching or rehabilitation work in education or rehabilitative programs.


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

2. 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.


The following knowledge, skills and abilities are highly desired and preferred:

  • knowledge in providing services to youth requiring out of home care;
  • knowledge for rate setting to achieve a more streamlined and equitable statewide solution;
  • proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and Access,
  • ability to read and interpret governing State policy;
  • ability to interpret budgets and provide technical assistance to stakeholders. 
  • knowledge and/or education in the Human Services field


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. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. 

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed 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. 


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).

Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for one year.


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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. 

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.  

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 available upon request