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Program Evaluation Specialist

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #22-005055-0008

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

Annual Salary Range: $66,516 - $86,741 (with progression to $108,929) 

LOCATION OF POSITION

Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position will coordinate and conduct program evaluations to assess the effectiveness of interventions being implemented at the State and local school system level. Evaluations will include, but not be limited to, studies of the outcomes of local school systems’ virtual school options, and other programs/interventions intended to address the impact of lost instructional time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

POSITION DUTIES

This position is responsible for conducting all phases of program evaluations on behalf of the Maryland State Department of Education, including evaluation of programs implemented at both the state and local level and evaluation of virtual school options. This includes: creating analysis plans and timelines, data collection, data analysis, and communications and reporting

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional experience in program evaluation using quantitative methodologies, policy evaluation, applied statistics, and/or quantitative research or a related field is required. Experience in evaluating educational programs or policies is preferred. 

NOTES:

1. Candidates may substitute two additional years of experience directly related to the position option for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the position option 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.

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.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS:

One year of experience in using a statistical analysis software such as R, Stata, SPSS, or SAS in program evaluation or quantitative research.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of the process and components of conducting rigorous program evaluations (including project design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting/communication); knowledge of the appropriate ways to apply the findings of program evaluations; skill in using a statistical analysis software such as R, Stata, or SAS independently at a high level; skill in designing and conducting statistical analyses relevant to answering evaluation questions; skill in organizing, prioritizing, and managing multiple projects (including skill in creating project timelines plans); ability to distinguish between descriptive analyses and analyses from which causal inference can be drawn, ability to conduct both types of analyses, and ability to draw appropriate conclusions based on the selected methodology; ability to use the results of statistical analyses to support program improvement; and ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in making decisions. 

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

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, Program Evaluation Specialist #089358 (JobAps# 22-005055-0008). 

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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