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Special Education Lead Fiscal Grant Liaison

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #23-005056-0007


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.


Grade 22
Standard Salary Schedule
Annual Salary Range: $84,047 - $113,789 (with progression to $135,450)
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees


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

Note: All MSDE positions require in-person/on-site reporting.

Main Purpose of Job

This position will maintain standard fiscal grant liaison responsibilities to provide technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and public agencies (PAs) regarding Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B Local Applications for Federal Funds (LAFF) and Part C Consolidated Local Implementation Grant (CLIG), including amendments, progress reports, carryover requests, and special requests for federal discretionary funds in a timely manner.  Prepares Notice of Grant Awards (NGA) and participates in Subrecipient Grant Monitoring, specifically for Part C.  

In addition, the position will serve as the Programmatic and Fiscal Lead for the Grant Specialists in the Resource Management and Monitoring Branch and be accountable for ongoing oversight and compliance, as well as development and revision, as necessary, of several key grant management areas, including Subrecipient Grant Monitoring (SRGM), inservice training of Section fiscal grant liaisons, revised MS-22 as/if necessary, proposals to the Branch Chief and Assistant State Superintendent for revisions to and annual final format of the IDEA Part B LAFF and the Part C CLIG, initial annual draft of MSDE Part B and Part C applications, and proposed initial drafts of audit finding responses.


  • Programmatic and Fiscal Lead Grant Specialist functions to insure compliant issue, management, expenditure, and reporting of IDEA grant funds.
  • Develop, organize, lead, and evaluate Federally required Division-wide Sub-recipient Grant Monitoring (SRGM) for LEAs, PAs, Lead Agencies (Part C), Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), and Non-LEA Agencies.
  • Research, develop, provide, and evaluate in-service training of Section fiscal grant liaisons on federal and State grant regulations in COMAR, OMB Circulars, and EDGAR, including the development of standards for required liaison proficiency, and revised MS-22 as/if necessary.
  • Research, develop, provide, and evaluate in-service training for Section fiscal grant liaisons regarding programmatic aspects of IDEA Part B.
  • Part C grant proposals, including the development of standards for required liaison proficiency, and revised MS-22 as/if necessary.
  • Prepare proposals to the Branch Chief and Assistant State Superintendent for revisions to and annual final format of the IDEA Part B LAFF and the Part C CLIG
  • Prepare initial annual drafts of MSDE Part B and Part C applications to the Office of Special Education Programs for Maryland’s federal IDEA funds.
  • Calculate the allocation of LEA/PA IDEA Passthrough amounts in accordance with applicable regulations and produce the annual IDEA Part B Allocation Sheets for all LEAs/PAs. 
  • Lead and Support Fiscal Grant Liaisons in utilizing the Division’s Grant Database to ensure accurate financial reporting and by ensuring the appropriate development and maintenance of the Division’s Grant Database.
  • Lead and Support Fiscal Grant Liaisons in the management of grant funds by providing grant fiscal reporting of funding spend-down, preparation of materials to ensure the accurate completion of NGAs.
  • Support the Division Branch Chiefs by providing grant fiscal reporting of funding spend-down, as necessary.
  • Prepare proposed initial drafts of audit finding responses for all federal and State audits of funds managed by the DSE/EIS.


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


EXPERIENCE: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in or affiliated with special education or early intervention, or fiscal management of federal grants. Experience coordinating or administering programs related to services for individuals with disabilities and their families is preferred.



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 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 Special 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.

· Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and its applications in accounting, budgeting, and fiscal management of Grants

· Knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues governing early intervention and special education programs

· Knowledge of compliance and fiscal management of federal grant awards; skill in collecting and managing data and information

· Skill using and applying Excel and database applications to analyze large data to support informed decision-making processes

· Skill in maintaining effective working relationships

· Skill organizing and managing multiple tasks; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with internal and external stakeholders

· Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses, and reports


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.



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 the
applicant is 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, 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, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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