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Equity and Civil Rights Compliance Specialist

Recruitment #19-005055-0048


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 21

Annual Salary Range:  $63,925 - $93,364 


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position providing leadership and support to implement the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Methods of Administration (MOA) program for the state of Maryland by ensuring compliance with Federal and Civil Rights Laws within local school systems, community colleges and State-Operated programs that provide career and technical education (CTE) and receive federal funds.


Provides leadership, technical assistance, information, guidance, and training to local school systems, community colleges and State-Operated programs on the OCR MOA program civil rights laws and compliance issues; oversees development of the MOA targeting plan, conducts investigations and desk audits, on-site civil rights compliance review visits to grant sub-recipient sites, and monitors non-compliant grant sub-recipients in the implementation of mandated MOA compliance activities; and develops reports and prepares all MSDE official responses to local, state and Federal agencies on potential MOA violations and to meet all reporting requirements.


Education: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work.

Experience: Four years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program.


  1. Two additional years of experience directly related to the position option may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a Doctorate in a field related to the position option may be substituted 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 of the Department of Education.
  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 in an area related to civil rights compliance, including overseeing, providing advice and recommendations, or ensuring compliance, of which one (1) year shall have been in an education program, agency or system.

*Applicants must  satisfy the selective qualifications to be considered*


Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations and administrative procedures pertinent to the area(s) of assignment, such as requirements under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as well as State and Federal laws, regulations, policies, issues regarding educational  accountability and student performance, and the Carl D. Perkins Act; skill in responding to problems and inquiries from local school systems, community colleges, and State-Operated programs; skill in developing and leading workshops and conferences; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with diverse populations; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses, and reports.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year. For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.



To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for – Education Program Specialist I, Equity and Civil Rights Compliance Specialist #039473 (JobAps# 19-005055-0048) Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

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. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at . 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.