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ARPA Grant Monitoring Specialist

*Repost**Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #21-005055-0032


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 of MD Salary Grade  21


200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as an education specialist responsible for monitoring programmatically and fiscally the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) programs in compliance with the grant requirements and appropriate expenditures of funds. To develop strategies and procedures which comply with the provisions of legislation authorizing the ARPA; to develop protocol, products, and technical assistance, services as specified in the grant for funding the design and operation to the early childhood system through the development and expansion of collaborative approaches to the delivery of high-quality, comprehensive, programs and support services. Tasks are accomplished by continuous onsite monitoring visits, desk monitoring, telephone calls and email communications.


  • Monitors and evaluates all programmatic and fiscal activities of programs funded through ARPA. Frequently travel to sites for monitoring purposes and program improvement, documenting each visit with comprehensive reports. Reviews and assists in the development of monitoring policies and programs. Offers strategic guidance and conducts regular professional development for grantees based on their needs and challenges as they occur. Defines and tracks the key performance indicators for established component standards through routine monitoring. Develops corrective action plans when necessary and closely monitor progress. Reviews reports to ensure goal and objectives are met and provide feedback to the grantees.
  • Provides technical assistance to grantees, assuring that funded programs meet state approved goals and objectives. Reviews existing and proposed strategies for the statewide strategic goal, makes recommendations concerning new or revised, regulations, policies, and guidelines for Judy Centers and prepares proposed changes.
  • Coordinates, attends and participates in various meetings as requested; gather information for the meetings, coordinates items for the agenda and distributes materials to participants prior to the meeting take accurate meeting minutes, prepares and distributes reports and follow up on details to ensure timely and accurate dissemination of information. Contributes to the development of a MSDE data collection system. Completes other duties as assigned.


Education:   A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.

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


1. Candidates may substitute two additional years of experience directly related to the position option for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the position option 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.

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.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

1 year of Grant Management Experience 


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications. 
  • Working with diverse stakeholders
  • State or Federal work experience


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.  Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 06.01.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs. Person appointed to position in this classification will be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle including a car, five-passenger van, and a 12-passenger van. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland, and their driving records will be subject to investigation.


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.


Online applications are STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, please send your paper application and supplemental questionnaire (if applicable) to:

Maryland State Department of Education   

Office of Human Resources C/o Marcia Cooper-Stokes   

200 West Baltimore Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201   

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. Please DO NOT submit any unsolicited materials and/ or documents. 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 Of Education Program Specialist I (JobAps#: 21-005055-0032). 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. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply


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