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Chief, Special Education Performance Support & Technical Assist

Education Program Manager II

Recruitment #22-005059-0003


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.


State Salary Grade 24
Annual Salary Range: $93,919 - $127,038 (with progression to $145,417)


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

Under the supervision of the Assistant State Superintendent, this position serves as the lead for the implementation of differentiated performance support to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and public agencies and is responsible for the identification of learning needs, and the development and implementation of statewide universal, targeted and focused professional learning/technical assistance.


Provides leadership and direction to the Performance Support and Technical Assistance Branch that is focused on building the capacity of local education agencies, public agencies, and institutions of higher education, to narrow the performance gap and enable all students with disabilities to exit education community, career and college ready; supervises staff with State-level responsibility for providing review and support of local education agencies, non-local school system and institutes of higher education funding; implements the State's birth through 21 seamless comprehensive system of coordinated services; supports local infants and toddlers and special education programs; facilitates special education and related services for children with disabilities ages three through twenty-one under Part B and birth through age four under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); supervises systems and data informed systematic planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidenced-based professional development; provides leadership and direction to support the evidence-based practices for Early Childhood, Assessment, and Specially Designed Instruction sections through the development, implementation, and evaluation of a standards-aligned IEP.


EDUCATION:  Possession of a Master’s degree in Special Education.
EXPERIENCE: Six (6) years of related experience in coordinating or administering special education programs or services. Three years of the required experience must have been in direct supervision of other professional employees. 
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.
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.


One year supervisory experience of a Special Education or Early Intervention program servicing individuals with disabilities and their families.


Knowledge of State and federal laws, regulations, policies, and issues affecting young children with disabilities and their families; knowledge of early intervention and early childhood education programs; skill in analyzing and interpreting data for program improvement ability to manage multiple tasks; ability to interpret and apply pertinent laws and regulations; ability to establish and maintain working relationships; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive training, analyses and reports.


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.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0013,, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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