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Special Education Early Childhood Performance Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #21-005055-0038

Introduction

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

State Salary Grade 21

LOCATION OF POSITION

Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This Contractual position is responsible for the provision of programmatic support & technical assistance to local Infants and Toddlers Programs (LITPs), local school systems (LSSs) preschool special education services, community & school-based public & private early childhood programs for the implementation of a statewide birth through five seamless, comprehensive system of coordinated services for children with disabilities and their families.

POSITION DUTIES

Responsibilities include the development of resources & the provision of technical assistance & support on evidence-based early intervention (ages birth to age 4) & early childhood (ages 3 through Kindergarten) instructional practices; with an emphasis on assessment practices & protocols for differentiating intervention/ instructional practices; monitoring of child progress; provision of services in natural & least restrictive environments; data analysis for local program improvement in order to narrow the school readiness performance gap for young children with disabilities; reviewing and monitoring of competitive and non-competitive federal and State-funded grants that support Maryland’s birth through five system of services.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of direct teaching experience with additional experience in the design and implementation of early childhood assessment practices and protocols; experience must include coordinating services within community-based or school-based programs that include children with disabilities and their families.

NOTES:

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 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.

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.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

One year supervisory experience of an Early Childhood/Infants and Toddlers Special Education or Early Intervention program servicing individuals with disabilities and their families. 

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of IDEA, Part B Section 619 and Part C regulations and requirements; knowledge of trends, regulations, policies, and issues governing early intervention and special education programs; skill collecting, analyzing and interpreting data for program improvement; skill in maintaining effective working relationships; skill developing written programmatic resources and policy guidance; ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses and reports.

SELECTION PROCESS

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 of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.

BENEFITS

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.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on marylandpublicschools.org). 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 – Special Education Early Childhood Performance Specialist position# 410244 (JobAps #21-005055-0038). 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 http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/. 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.


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