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Education Program Specialist I

High School Accountability Specialist

Recruitment #17-005055-0024



State Salary Grade 21

Annual Salary Range: $60,543 - $88,424


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for supporting the Accountability Office within the Division of Curriculum, Research, Assessment, and Accountability  and responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting on student level information that includes student demographics, Maryland High School Assessment status and results, College and Career Readiness indicators, and accountability related details.


Provides technical assistance to local school systems and MSDE staff for the acquisition, analysis, and reporting of high school education data and for developing and maintaining SAS databases in support of program initiatives; acquires education accountability data from Local Education agencies (LEA’s) and MSDE databases; designs, creates, and manages datasets, designs and implements procedures for data collection from LEA’s; analyzes and evaluates accountability program data; writes computer programs to organize and clean acquired data in order to create valid analysis datasets; interprets and summarizes data analysis findings through written reports; provides research reports to the Branch Chief of Education Accountability; provides accountability program analyses in response to legislator and general public inquires and participates in planning meetings.


EDUCATION:  Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of experience with education data; this experience to include coordinating or administering data analysis or research program in an education related area. Experience in statistical analysis, applications development and research, or data management preferred; SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) experience desired.

NOTE: Two additional years of experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.


Knowledge of research principals; knowledge of education accountability programs; skill in data management and analysis (SAS preferred); skill in creating data collection systems; skill in interpreting and summarizing research findings; skill in providing technical guidance to internal and external teams; skill in maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external teams; skill in managing timelines and deadlines; ability to analyze complex program issues and to recommend solutions; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and 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.


For immediate consideration please submit your application by March 16, 2018 – Open Until Filled


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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, High School Accountability Specialist #048502 (JobAps# 17-005055-0024) 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.  

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