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Grant Specialist - Title IV, Part A (Student Support)

Staff Specialist I Education

Recruitment #22-005296-0002


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.


State Salary Grade 15


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


This contractual position has primary responsibility for providing support, consultation, direction and technical assistance in the implementation and monitoring of the Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAE) at the local school system and state level. This position also identifies and updates a repository of best practices and evidence based activities for improving student academic achievement through well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy school initiatives, and effectively using technology to personalize student learning and improve overall digital literacy. The staff Specialist will also maintain the Title IV, Part A website and ensure any shared content is in the agency’s approved format and is accessible according to the standards of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This position supports and assists the Department’s Lead Specialist for Student Support and Academic Enrichment to efficiently implement the State activities and responsibilities required under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This position also supports interagency efforts related to federal grants and functions as a committee member on related grant programs; and assists the development and implementation of the Title IV, Part A application, Grant Information Guide (GIG), and scoring rubric.


Education:  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: One year of administrative, librarian, teaching or rehabilitation work in education, library or rehabilitation programs directly related to student support services or school counseling.

1. Candidates may substitute additional experience as defined above directly related to the position at the rate of one year of experience for each year of the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.
3. The above requirements are set by the Maryland State Department of Education in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104, Annotated Code of Maryland.


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

- One year experience in graphic design and website maintenance/development


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 with Microsoft Office 365 and related applications
- Experience in writing or managing grants
- Experience in data management and analytics 
- Experience researching content and preparing reports or executive summaries
- Experience preparing and delivering presentations and training


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. The resulting list of eligible candidates will be in effect for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


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.


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.

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