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Coordinator of Professional Learning

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #23-005056-0028


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: $84,047 - $135,450
*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, Professional Learning provides best-in-class program leadership to coordinate, develop, implement, support, and evaluate high quality, relevant and timely professional learning experiences (in-person and virtual) for prekindergarten through grade 12 programs and initiatives. This position oversees the deployment of best in class, evidence-based Professional Learning to local education agencies (LEAs) aligned to professional learning standards that support educator effectiveness and student outcomes. This position supports continuous development of school leaders through effective professional learning that is relevant, job-embedded, and customized to the needs of individual leaders. This position provides leadership for compliance monitoring, technical assistance, and evaluation of programs for the federal Title IIA grant.

Additionally, the Coordinator, Professional Learning provides high-quality, sustained engagement with LEAs and early learning providers, and other key stakeholders (i.e., institutions of higher education, nonprofits; community-based programs etc.) in supporting the development and implementation of Professional Learning for every Maryland child, especially those who have been historically underserved. This position collaborates with MSDE content teams, offices, and divisions to analyze impact and evaluation data from Professional Learning experiences and supports teams in utilizing the data to refine Professional Learning opportunities. This position supports the Maryland State Department of Education’s efforts in implementing the multiyear Strategic Plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.


Coordinates the implementation of best-in-class professional learning g experiences aligned to State and National Standards and evidence-based practices.
  • Provides coordination and support of statewide high-quality professional learning programs and initiatives and provides leadership in working collaboratively with offices, departments, and branches to plan, coordinate, evaluate, and align professional learning initiatives.
  • Provides leadership and guidance in the alignment and creation of professional learning related to the implementation of prekindergarten through 12 high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) to support the implementation of evidence-based curricula.
  • Formats, revises, edits, and prepares professional learning standards, and framework documents for publication on the MSDE website.
  • Monitors and updates professional learning resources on the MSDE website and ensures the use of social media and press releases to celebrate and promote professional learning opportunities in close collaboration with MSDE’s Office of Communications and Community Engagement.
  • Leads stakeholder focus groups, committees, and work groups related to developing state-wide data-based professional learning initiatives.
  • Represents MSDE and serves in a liaison role with institutes of higher education related to professional learning, teacher mentoring, induction, and student teaching and serves as a liaison with institutes of higher education related to professional learning, teacher mentoring, induction, and student teaching. 
  • Designs and deploys high-quality professional learning and leadership support.
  • Develops and maintains a multi-year plan for professional learning that is informed by data, input from stakeholders, and aligned with the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and multiyear Strategic Plan.
  • Identifies exemplary professional learning programs, initiatives, research, and resources.
  • Leads, coordinates, and facilitates professional learning communities rooted problems of practice and solutions and implements high-quality professional learning across the prekindergarten through 12 spectrum.
  • Provides leadership for compliance monitoring, technical assistance, and evaluation of programs for the Title IIA federal grant and other grants assigned to the Branch.
  • Evaluates LEA sub-grants for adherence to federal guidance, use of evidence-based strategies, and outcomes.
  • Monitors and evaluates the LEA sub-grant budgets for spend-down rates and provides risk assessments. 
  • Provides technical assistance to LEAs in developing and implementing their programs for the federal grants, as appropriate.


EDUCATION: A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in education, education administration, professional learning, curriculum, school leadership or a related area from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in or affiliated professional learning, staff development, curriculum, school leadership, or another related field for 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 experience providing professional learning or staff development programs.


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 best-in-class professional learning experiences aligned to State and National Standards and evidence-based practices.
  • Knowledge and experience with leading collaborative groups, such as professional learning communities, data-dialogue, lesson study, peer coaching/mentoring, and peer observation.
  • Knowledge of Maryland College and Career Readiness Pathway Standards and/or State and national standards, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting educator professional learning.
  • 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 learning programs.
  • Ability to align and create professional learning related to the implementation of prekindergarten through 12 high-quality instructional materials (HQIM).
  • 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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