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Special Education Program Grants Liaison


Recruitment #23-005055-0003


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
Annual Salary Range: $74,344 - $96,961 (with progression to $119,591)


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

Main Purpose of Job

This contractual professional position provides technical assistance to local school systems (LSSs), public agencies (PAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and Non-LSSs regarding the Local Applications for Federal Funds (LAFF), Consolidated Local Implementation Grant (CLIG), IHE/Non –LSS Request for Proposal (RFP) and Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund (CCIF), including amendments, progress reports, carryover requests, and special requests for federal discretionary and State funds.  Prepares Notice of Grant Awards (NGA) as requested as well as conducts on-site fiscal monitoring to ensure compliance with federal and State regulations.


Provide technical assistance to LSSs and public agencies in analyzing local and federal policies, procedures and practices related to Special Education Program grant funding for the implementation of services for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and State regulations; work with LSSs, PAs and IHEs to ensure special education programmatic initiatives and objectives for which the grant was awarded are being met and are consistent with MSDE DEISES overarching mission of narrowing the gap for students with disabilities; monitor or conduct desk audits for verification to ensure grantee adherence to requirements; prepare Notice of Grant Awards as requested; maintain financial accountability data in Access database and compile Excel spreadsheets for assigned LSS, public agencies, and other agencies that are recipients of federal grant funds; respond to questions regarding grant forms and allocations; review and finalize Interim and Final Progress reports and grant monitoring activities; produce financial grant accounting reports using the Financial Management Information System (FMIS) and/or MSDE Annual Financial Reporting (AFR) systems; act as fiscal agent for the Children's Cabinet Interagency Fund (CCIF).


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education Administration/Supervision, Education, Special Education, Finance, or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional teaching or administrative experience in or affiliated with an education program. Finance or grants experience with Special Education or related programs desired.


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


Knowledge of Special Education programs and programs related to serving students with disabilities; knowledge of the principles, procedures, and practices of education grants administration and financial appropriations; knowledge of financial practices and budget analysis for education programs; skill in evaluating special education program needs with regard to education grant requirements; skill in assembling and presenting education and finance related data; ability to associate special education program needs with grant requirements; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.


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.

For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

 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.



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on 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. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.

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  - Education Program Specialist I, Special Education Program Grants Liaison 410207 (JobAps # 23-005055-0003).

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 are available upon request.

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

The Maryland State Department of Education provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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