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Early Learning Program Development Specialist

Recruitment #19-005055-0006




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 21 Standard Salary Schedule

$61,754 - $90,193


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a contractual professional position that provides technical assistance & program support to the Early Learning Branch within the Division of Early Childhood in the areas of the PreK & Kindergarten, the curriculum for grades PreK and Kindergarten, the Ready For Kindergarten (R4K) Assessment System, and professional development opportunities. Consults with other branches within the division, other MSDE divisions, public & private organizations regarding a PreK to Grade 2 continuum and other activities.


Serve as the Division of Early Childhood’s coordinator for the  Curriculum Project, administration and professional development for the Ready 4 Kindergarten Comprehensive Assessment System, & serve as liaison with other MSDE divisions.  Review existing & proposed strategies for children entering school ready to learn in attendance areas of low-performing schools, make recommendations, & prepare proposed changes.  Identify program needs regarding the transition of young children into public school, research, collaborate & evaluate best practices/strategies within the PreK & Kindergarten span, curriculum development & preschool pedagogy, monitor programmatic or fiscal progress, conduct on-site visits of programs & apply related federal / state laws, regulations or policy guidance documents to ensure programs comply with State & federal requirements.  Review & assist in the development of monitoring policies / programs, including the PreK & Kindergarten, the development of  curriculum & other activities,  & assistance in the administration  of the state’s R4K comprehensive assessment system.


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Early Childhood Education, Education Administration/Supervision, Public Administration or a closely related field.  

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional experience in coordinating or administering an education program or service directly related to Early Childhood.  

NOTE:  Additional experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-to-year basis for up to six years.


Knowledge of Early Learning & development programs; knowledge of early childhood curriculum; knowledge of State and federal laws,  policies, issues and regulations governing education programs for PreK-2nd grade  students; skill in developing and presenting staff development; skill in managing financial grants, skill in coordinating and managing multiple tasks; ability to support teachers and administrators; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships; 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 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.


For immediate consideration submit your application by February 22, 2019Open Until Filled.


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 employment (eligible) list for one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position and your answers to the supplemental questions.

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and not write "see resume.”

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents.

As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled.

The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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. 

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, Early Learning Program Development Specialist - Division of Early Childhood, Child Care Subsidy Branch – Contractual Position # 336826, Jobaps # 19-005055-0006.

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 available upon request