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Early Childhood Systems Specialist

Recruitment #21-005055-0001


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.

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State of MD Standard Salary Grade 21


200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD

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; meeting the needs of vulnerable populations, as well as multilingual young children and their families; consulting with other branches and offices within the division, other MSDE division, and public/private organizations regarding birth to 8 coordinated services.


Research, analyze & make recommendations on administrative, management & procedural practices; write logical, comprehensive, concise reports & correspondence; handle confidential/sensitive information & exercise discretion concerning its disposition; 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, collaborate & evaluate best practices/strategies within the birth-8 state system; monitor programmatic & fiscal progress of grantees in accordance with state approved procurement policies & procedures; conduct on-site visits of programs & apply related federal laws, state laws; 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.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post baccalaureate course work in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Educational Administration/Supervision or a related Educational field.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to Early Childhood.


1 year of experience in grant monitoring, administration and implementation on either a State, Federal, or Local level


  • Experience in project management and interpreting educational policy  
  • Experience in budget management 
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish a plus, but not required


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 (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.


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.


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 #21-005055-0001). 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

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities available upon request