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School Mental Health Specialist (multiple positions)

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #23-005055-0022


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.




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


The School Mental Health Specialist will serve on the Maryland School Mental Health Response Team to provide mental and behavioral health consultation, technical assistance, services, and supports to local education agency (LEA) staff and other mental health professionals in order to meet the mental and behavioral health needs of students and staff. The Specialist will demonstrate an understanding of child development, effective instructional practices, and behavior support. This position will assist, when applicable, local education agencies in providing mental health support for students and staff including crisis support and community engagement. The Specialist will serve as support to Student Support Teams (SSTs) by meeting with the district and/or school-based team(s).

The School Mental Health Specialist will work with local education agency leadership, administrators, and school staff in identifying professional development needs, and conduct related professional development sessions; will consult with school-based staff to provide focused trauma-based individual, group or whole school interventions to promote classroom social-emotional wellness; and document interactions in adherence with procedures.


Education: A Master’s degree, or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work, from an accredited college or university in the area of Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or a related Mental Health field.

Experience: Four years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program, including two years of experience directly related to mental health, behavioral health and/or counseling within a K-12 education setting. 

1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree and six 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 Office of Human Resources. 
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.

  • Proven Experience in multi-level School Counseling 
  • Certified School Counselor or Social Worker 
  • Experience working with students and families, and community health and social services agencies 
  • Knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and prevention strategies 
  • Experience providing professional development, technical assistance and training


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

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


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 placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


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, as well as upload a Resume. 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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