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Coordinator, Standards-Based Physical Education

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #23-005056-0009


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 22
Salary Range: $95,902 - $127,637
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.




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

Main Purpose of Job

The Coordinator for Standards-Based Physical Education position provides best-in-class program coordination, development, and support of highly effective prekindergarten through grade 12 physical education programs and initiatives aligned to the Maryland State Standards to accelerate student performance in standards-based physical education programs across local education agencies (LEAs) and early learning environments in support of the success of students. This position supports the Director of Comprehensive Health and Physical Education to develop and facilitate high-quality professional learning and technical assistance in service level-based timelines and work with LEAs and early learning providers to develop, interpret, and implement standards-based physical education programs, courses, instructional frameworks, curricula, and policies related to Maryland State Department of Education initiatives.

Additionally, the Coordinator of Standards-Based Physical Education works closely with key stakeholders (i.e., institutions of higher education, nonprofits, and community-based programs) in supporting developmentally appropriate standards-based physical education programs and activities for every child, especially those who have been historically underserved. This position collaborates with diverse communities and organizations to analyze programs and strategies that promote students’ advancement through College and Career Readiness pathways, such as dual enrollment/credit, advanced placement, early/middle college, and international baccalaureate pathways. The Coordinator of Standards-Based Physical Education position supports the Maryland State Department of Education’s efforts in implementing its multiyear strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future initiatives.


Provides best-in-class leadership and technical assistance to local education agencies and other constituencies in all phases of standards-based physical education program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation:
  • Provides guidance and direction to local education agencies and other stakeholders in all phases of standards-based physical education programs, from the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation phases aligned to MSDE’s multiyear strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. 
  • Manages statewide workgroups focused on the development, coordination, and implementation of standards-based physical education-based College and Career Readiness pathways aligned to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future (i.e., athletic coach, official, health and wellness coach, athletic trainer, sports medicine, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and other physical education professions education pathways).
  • Provides content expertise in developing and implementing state rubrics, frameworks, and model lessons for high-quality instructional materials and professional learning for standards-based physical education. 
  • Engages local education agencies, early learning providers, and stakeholders in the development and review process for all components of the state standards and instructional frameworks for standards-based physical education that aligns with best-in-class, research-based trends.
  • Conducts high-demand statewide and regional professional learning experiences for standards-based physical education. 
  • Collaborates with the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland’s Advisory Council on Health and Physical Education, Maryland’s Adapted Physical Education Steering Committee, Maryland’s Adapted Physical Education Consortium (MAPEC), Special Olympics Maryland, Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Maryland, SHAPE America, and other agencies and organizations to strengthen the development and expansion of standards-based physical education programs in the state.
  • Provides timely data and information to local education agencies that support meaningful instruction and collaboration towards curricular and comprehensive education goals and collects data to monitor program implementation in compliance with state laws, State Board of Education regulations, and MSDE policies. 
  • Supports planning and coordination of building educator, school system, and statewide capacity for implementing high-quality teaching and learning practices focused on student outcomes. 
  • Demonstrates effective working relationships with representatives from MSDE Divisions, Offices, and other governmental entities and collaborates with the Division of Early Childhood Development and the School and Community Nutrition Programs Branches to facilitate effective standards-based physical education programs for early childcare students and facilitate effective standards-based physical education and physical activity programs that are connected wellness policies.
  • Builds local capacity for curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation by engaging stakeholders in the development and review process for all components of the state standards and curriculum resources for standards-based physical education to reflect the latest national and local trends in physical education. 
  • Develops and implements professional learning for local education agencies and early learning providers standards-based physical education professionals to build agency and early learning providers standards-based physical education professionals for building leadership capacity.


Education: A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in physical education, kinesiology, or related areas from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, Health, physical education or related education programs in prekindergarten through grade 12 settings.

  1. Candidates may substitute a bachelor’s degree with 7 years of the specified content experience to satisfy the minimum qualifications noted above.
  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 Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services. 
  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.             


One year of teaching experience in a physical education program.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Please include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Knowledge of prekindergarten through grade 12 physical education programs and curriculum.
  • Knowledge of physical education for K-8 programs and/or grade 9-12 programs.
  • Knowledge of standards, trends, regulations, policies, and effective instruction and assessment in physical education.
  • Knowledge of Maryland College and Career Readiness Pathway Standards and/or State and national standards, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting physical education. 
  • Skill in implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and providing high-quality and service-level-based support and technical assistance for education programs.
  • Skill collaborating with diverse communities and organizations for the purpose of implementing programs and strategies.
  • Skill in developing and delivering research-based  and best-in-class professional development programs. 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to interpret and apply learning standards, policies, and regulations. 
  • Ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.              


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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