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Coordinator of School Improvement and Title I

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #22-005056-0021


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.


Salary Grade 22


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


This position provides technical assistance and support for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools and support to local education agencies (LEAs) and assists with the design and development of the processes and materials to support activities related to these schools. This position provides technical assistance to LEAs regarding adherence to requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including Title I schoolwide and targeted assistance programs, and for the ongoing design, development, implementation, and evaluation of these programs to improve the teaching and learning of disadvantaged children. Support is provided in the form of designing and developing processes and materials to support the activities of the division, as well as responsibility for supporting the monitoring of school improvement grants that are administered by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning.

Duties include:
• Provides technical assistance to schools and LEAs for school improvement, comprehensive school reform, and in the interpretation of ESSA 
• Researches and compiles best practices for school improvement and comprehensive school reform 
• Conducts and documents mandatory LEA visits for specific purposes 
• Administers timely written feedback to the school and central office staff 
• Provides information on evidence-based programs to improve student performance to the central office 
• Provides expertise on the latest trends and practices in educational reform and resource information 
• Reports issues related to program implementation 
• Monitors and recommends for approval school improvement grant activities 
• Ensure LEAs are maintaining programmatic and fiscal compliance 
• Assists with planning the Title I Administrative meetings, conference, institutes, regional trainings, and other branch meetings and staff development trainings 
• Assists in the development and review of guidelines, regulations, and information publications related to programs administered by the branch 
• Writes reports and position papers related to comprehensive planning, evidence-based school improvement, and Title I


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

Experience: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program, including two years of experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to School Improvement or Title I, Part A. 

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 at an accredited college or university in a field related to the position 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.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Experience managing the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)      
  • Experience with managing Title I or other federally funded grant programs        
  • Experience with the design and development of the process and materials to support the School Improvement process and the state and federal guidelines and compliance   


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.5. 


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.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and 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, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. 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 or mailed to the address listed. 

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0012, 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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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