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Judy Center Program Specialist

Recruitment #20-005297-0004


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 16 Standard Salary Schedule
Annual Salary range: $46,942 - $74,933


200 West Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This contractual professional position provides technical assistance and program support to the Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch within the Division of Early Childhood for the Judith P. Hoyer Early Child Care and Education Enhancement Program. The position is primarily responsible for monitoring the programmatic and fiscal aspects of Judy Centers funded by the federal Preschool Development Grant. This includes ensuring program compliance with grant application requirements, reporting requirements, and appropriate expenditures of funds. Tasks are accomplished by continuous onsite monitoring visits, desk monitoring, telephone calls and email communications. The position provides ongoing technical assistance and feedback and comprehensive training to the Judy Centers to ensure they obtain the goal of school readiness. The position reviews and assists in the development of monitoring policies and procedures, analyzes and develops data for inclusion in reports for state and national entities, makes recommendations for policy and procedural improvements, and plans for and executes regularly scheduled meetings with the Judy Centers, as well as an annual leadership conference. The position also develops and executes training seminars for Judy Centers. Data analysis and development of reports for state and national entities is also required.


Provides technical assistance to local school systems in regard to Judith P. Hoyer funding, Early Care and Education Programs. Monitors grants and contracts to ensure compliance with program specifications, fiscal and spending requirements; reviews and approves invoices from grantees/contractors. Determines program needs for funding and recommends strategies for satisfying program objectives and implementation plans. The position requires travel up to 50% of the time to Judy Center locations statewide.


EDUCATION:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Education, Special Education, Early Childhood, Social Work, Social Services or related area is required. A Master’s Degree is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Two (2) years of professional experience in grant evaluation and monitoring or budget preparation, development, presentation and execution. Knowledge and experience with early childhood programs, case management and Judy Centers is desirable.


1.   Applicants may substitute additional experience on a year for year basis for the required education.


Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and practices of grants management and financial appropriations; ability to provide technical assistance for grant management; knowledge of financial practices and budget analysis for education programs (early childhood programs, Judy Centers , Head Start, Early Head Start preferred); presenting accurate and concise reports; skilled in managing multiple tasks;  interpreting policies, procedures, laws and regulations; case management experience; social services experience a plus, ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships; must be able to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.


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. On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.

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.

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 regarding 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

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