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**REPOST** Early Childhood Grant Specialist

Staff Specialist III

Recruitment #21-005298-0022


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  18


200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as a grants specialist for the Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD). This position provides support and case management for state and federal early childhood projects with the DECD. This includes but is not limited to grant and project management for the Child Care Development Block Grant including the Health and Safety Pre-Service Training Requirement, the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant and the Medically Fragile Grant. This position will work with Division staff to develop strategies and procedures to ensure compliance with program specifications and fiscal requirements. Additionally, this position will assist in providing technical assistance and services as needed for successful grant implementation.


  • Provides case management, monitoring, and evaluation of the various requirements and projects from the Child Care Development Block Grant, including the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant and the Medically Fragile Grant as well as other assigned grants/contracts, including: reconciling the budget and the proposal for invoicing; monitoring grants and contracts to ensure compliance with program specifications, fiscal/spending requirements, and Minority Business Enterprise requirements; evaluating progress in achieving project goals and objectives; providing technical assistance to grantees and contractors to assist in meeting specification goals and objectives;  preparing narrative and statistical reports for interim and closeout of program activities and processing special requests for updates, modifications, and/or data that summarize progress towards goals and qualitative and quantitative outcomes; participates in the monitoring of other DECD grants/contacts, as assigned.
  • Research, analyze and make recommendations on administrative, management and procedural practices; write logical, comprehensive, concise reports and correspondence.  Regularly handle confidential or sensitive information and exercise discretion concerning its disposition.  Review and assist in the development of monitoring policies and programs, including the various requirements and projects from the Child Care Development Block Grant, including the Child Care Quality Incentive Grant and the Medically Fragile Grant as well as other assigned grants/contracts.
  • Prepares solicitations to acquire quality initiative services based upon the scope of relevant federal goals and objectives and the scope of State projects in accordance with established State procurement processes, Division of Early Childhood (DECD) /Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch (CPIB) strategies, policies and procedures for submission to branch chief and DECD Assistant Superintendent.  


Education: Possession of a Master’s degree or at least 36 hours of equivalent post-baccalaureate course work.
Experience: Three years of administrative work experience.
1. Two additional years of experience may be substituted for the Master’s degree or 36 hours of equivalent post-baccalaureate course work.
2. The above requirements are set by the Maryland State Department of Education in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104.


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. 

Budget Management Experience
Accounting/ Fiscal Experience
State of Maryland Grant Regulations Experience 
Grant Writing Facilitation


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 for Staff  Specialist III- Grant Specialist (JobAps#: 21-005298-0022). 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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