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Maryland AWARE Coordinator

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #23-005055-0025


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 21


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD  21201


This contractual position ensures the coordination of the implementation of Maryland’s Project AWARE (MD-AWARE) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  MD-AWARE grant funds were awarded to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Project Coordinator is considered a key position by SAMHSA.

The MD-AWARE Coordinator delivers training and technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and individual schools to increase knowledge, training capacity, and access to behavioral health services.  Collaboration is required between the MSDE, the state behavioral health agency, the state juvenile/criminal justice agency, and other service systems such as child welfare, early childhood, and law enforcement at the state and local levels.

In addition, the Coordinator will be responsible for staffing MD-AWARE’s State Management Team (SMT), known as the Behavioral Health and Education Community of Practice, as well as developing a coordinated and integrated plan to ensure successful implementation of the Division’s scale up to multi-tiered systems of support within the framework of coordinated student services.

Finally, the Coordinator will monitor the grants with the LEAs, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, the Youth Mental Health First Aid training partner in MD AWARE and the University of Maryland, Center for School Mental Health, the evaluation partner in MD AWARE.


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

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.

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. 

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.

  • Experience with writing, reviewing or managing grants. 
  • Project Management experience, to include directing, leading, planning and managing projects. 
  • Experience in developing, coordinating, and delivering training.
  • Experience preparing written reports and presentations.


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.


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 and 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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