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Autism Waiver Liaisons - 2 Positions

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0030


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 Salary Grade 21
Salary Range: $74,344 - $119,591
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.




Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

These are contractual positions responsible for serving as liaisons between MSDE, Autism Waiver (AW) Service Coordinators, providers, Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), and the MDH vendor who manages the AW Registry and will serve as technical specialists for the implementation, quality assurance, and expansion of the Autism Waiver (AW).  


Provide technical assistance in onboarding individuals from the AW Registry/Waitlist and support families to transition successfully when exiting the Autism Waiver (AW)
  • Refine and manage tracking of Statewide AW application letters & AW transitioning youth (TY) in the online AW database
  • Support the Department and MDH in the implementation of an AW Waitlist and reduction of the number of individuals on the AW registry
  •  Screen Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and documentation to determine technical eligibility for individuals waiting to receive an opportunity to apply to the AW
  •  Support the quality assurance program for the provision of Medicaid services for children on the AW per Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Application for the AW as a member of the Provider Interagency Medicaid Monitoring Team (PIMMT) and the Interagency Medicaid Monitoring Team (IMMT)
  • Participate in monitoring reviews, write monitoring reports, provide technical assistance, and review and approve corrective action plans (CAP) as appropriate for compliance related issues; track submission of reportable events and ensure identified issues are resolved
  • Develop draft guidance, transmittals, and regulations to ensure program implementation in compliance with State and federal regulations and requirements 
  • Research and prepare briefings, legislative responses, evidence-based reports, and materials for MSDE program improvement initiatives and/or appeals as requested


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or higher in Social Work, Special Education, Public Health, Business Administration, or other related field.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years professional administrative and/or supervisory experience in conducting quality assurance reviews and training in a public health, special education, or program serving individuals with disabilities including individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

  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 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 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 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 experience with Medicaid services or Home and Community Based Waivers.


include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues governing programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Knowledge of IEPs and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs
  • Knowledge of implementing, monitoring, and program evaluation
  • Knowledge of Maryland’s 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver for Children with ASD, specifically eligibility requirements
  • Knowledge of DDA resources and supports and services for TY
  • Skill in maintaining effective working relationships
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations governing AW programs
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses and reports.


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees.


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. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. The resulting list of qualified candidates will be in effect for at least one year.



Applicants must complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application and resume must clearly demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the minimum qualifications for the position. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities. 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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Individuals with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country. All application materials must be received in our office by the Closing Date. 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

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