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Coordinator-Achieving Academic Equity & Excellence for Black Boys

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #23-005055-0004


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: $77,204 – $119,591

(will be prorated for part-time status)



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

Main Purpose of Job

Under the direction of the Deputy State Superintendent for Organizational Effectiveness, this position will implement and manage the pilot program, Achieving Academic Equity and Excellence for Black Boys (AAEEBB). The coordinator will be responsible for transforming the culture of Maryland’s schools involving the program, will support participating schools’ efforts to foster an inclusive environment for black male students and will provide leadership, coordination, and direction regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the Black Boys Task Force Report in pilot schools. This will involve assisting schools with researching, planning, and proposing actionable, evidence-based recommendations and strategies designed to enhance educational opportunities and experiences for Black male students and male students of color. The position will also organize professional development and provide technical support to schools.

Finally, the position will work with MSDE senior leadership, local school system leadership, partner agencies, and other entities to develop and implement protocols, policies, procedures, processes, data gathering, and evaluation methods and strategies to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the overall program.


Oversees, manages, and coordinates projects including the Transforming the Culture of Maryland’s Schools for Black Boys Program to ensure that Task Force recommendations are implemented in accordance with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), timelines, procedures, and policies.
  • Works with appropriate Maryland State Department of Education staff and/or other partners to monitor Task Force recommendations and ensure that goals and objectives are being met and appropriate adjustments are implemented to ensure success.
  • Provides vision, leadership, supervision, and support as appropriate and works collaboratively with leadership, partner agencies, and other entities to develop and implement protocols, policies, procedures, processes, and evaluation methods and strategies to ensure effective and efficient operation of the Transforming the Culture of Maryland’s Schools for Black Boys Program.
  • Works collaboratively with MSDE and school leadership in identifying strategies designed to foster an inclusive environment that reflects appreciation for diversity.
  • Supports the Advisory Committee to work with pilot schools and school systems to monitor implementation of the Task Force recommendations and provides staff support to the Advisory Committee.
  • Participates in workshops, conferences, and other professional development opportunities related to achieving educational equity for Black boys and related issues.
  • Coordinates meetings with the AAEEBB Advisory Council and leads the organization of the AAEEBB Speaker Series, Summit, and other events.
  • Oversees and monitors implementation of Task Force recommendations in selected pilot schools.
  • Provides updates and recommendations to MSDE Senior Leadership as indicated and to the Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment, and Educational Policy leadership on all aspects of the management and implementation of the Transforming the Culture of Maryland’s Schools for Black Boys Program using a variety of communication methods, including presentations, and oral and written communication.


EDUCATION: A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university in education, psychology, social work, or a related field.

EXPERIENCE:  Four years of in an educational setting (preferably in student services, teaching, or counseling) or in a business-related setting in which job responsibilities include working with diverse populations.

  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 from an accredited college or university in a field related to the position option for one year of the required 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.

  • Knowledge of Education programs serving diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting education programs.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching or employment involving ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse students, preferred.
  • Skills in group facilitation, coaching, and training of teachers, administrators, and support professionals. 
  • Skill and experience infusing multiple perspectives into the school improvement.
  • Skill and experience in analyzing training needs, data analysis, designing research-based staff development, implementing high-quality training, and assessing the levels of effectiveness of staff development.
  • Strong technology skills, including experience using social engagement tools, digital media, and online platforms for outreach or public communications.
  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, including excellent time management and organizational skills. 
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends periodically, and travel to various locations in the Maryland region.


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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