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Substance Abuse Counselors - Maryland Mental Health Response Prog

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #21-005055-0021


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.




200 West Baltimore Street 

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

These are professional contractual positions responsible for providing on-site behavior management services to students, local school system staff, and other mental health professionals to meet the behavioral health needs of students who are in crisis or have other behavioral health needs.


Provides technical assistance to local school system staff in the development of programs, policies, and best practices related to instruction using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis for students; creates and assists local school system staff with the development and implementation of functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans; conducts behavior analysis services and behavior management plans for students, including special education students; develops professional development presentations and resources on appropriate behavior intervention techniques; completes assessments and develops plans that conform to IDEA and applicable Maryland regulations and statutes; creates, reviews, and/or edits reports and correspondence related to crisis response, clinical support and/or professional development.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s degree or 36 credit equivalent in Education, School Counseling, Special Education, Education Administration, Public Administration, Social Work or related degree.  

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of related experience in coordinating or administering education programs and/or student support services.  


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 the Department of Education in accordance with Section 2-104 of the Education Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. 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 providing substance abuse counseling.


Possession of or eligible Board Certified Behavioral Analyst Certification and/or completion of an Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) accredited graduate program or a Verified Course Sequence.


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.



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. 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. 

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 the Education Program Specialist I, Maryland Mental Health Initiative Substance Abuse Counseling Specialist position (JobAps#21-005055-0021). 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. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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