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Executive Director Govt Affairs, Education Policy, & External Rel

Designated Admin Manager Sr II

Recruitment #21-005224-0002


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.


Grade 24


200 West Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Executive Director of the Government Affairs, Education Policy, and External Relations unit, which involves the development and management of federal and state legislative strategy and operations for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland State Board of Education. This includes managing departmental relations with elected officials at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, with a focus on the Maryland State Legislature; working with offices across the Department to develop policy options and recommendations; leading the Department’s regulatory development and review process; managing relationships with key education advocacy organizations on behalf of the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education; and overseeing and coordinating special projects and initiatives for the State Superintendent. The position will include direct management of 1 to 2 analysts. Strong preference for candidates with: (1) a background in legislative strategy, process, and procedures; (2) experience in making, shaping, or implementing P12 education policy; and (3) either trusted relationships with a wide range of Maryland elected officials and their staffs, or a demonstrated ability to quickly develop and cultivate those relationships. The Executive Director reports to the Chief of Staff and will be a key member of the Department’s leadership team, deeply involved in both substantive and strategic decision making.


EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE: Five years of relevant experience; two of those years can be met with a Master’s Degree in Education, Public Administration, or a related field, or a Juris Doctor (JD).

Selection Plan

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.



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  - Designated Administrative Manager Senior II - (JobAps #21-005224-0002). 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.

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