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Special Education Program Grants Liaison

Education Program Specialist I

Recruitment #23-005055-0007


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 21
Annual salary Range: $77,204 - 96,961 (with progression to $119,591)


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

Note: All MSDE positions require in-person/on-site reporting.

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to provide technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs), public agencies (PAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and Non-LSSs regarding the Local Applications for Federal Funds (LAFF), Consolidated Local Implementation Grant (CLIG), IHE/Non –LEA Request for Proposal (RFP) and Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund (CCIF), including amendments, progress reports, carryover requests, and special requests for federal discretionary and State funds in a timely manner. Prepare Notice of Grant Awards (NOGA) as requested as well as conduct on-site fiscal monitoring to ensure compliance with federal and State regulations.


Technical Assistance:  Provide technical assistance to LEAs, PAs, IHEs, and Non-LEAs in analyzing their plans for passthrough and discretionary funding for the implementation of services for students with disabilities in accordance with federal and State regulations. Responsibilities include:
Ensures grantees plans are in alignment with positive outcomes for students with disabilities.
Evaluates the effectiveness of fiscal resources within programs and provides fiscal advice, recommendations, and specialized technical assistance to recipients of grant funding administered by the Division.
Interprets laws and regulations in order to maintain fiscal control in compliance with applicable State and federal laws and regulations.
Completes fiscal analysis and develops reports using databases to assist program staff in making strategic fiscal and programmatic decisions.
Respond to questions regarding grant forms and allocations.

Grant Management:  Coordinates, administers, and monitors all aspects of DEI/SES passthrough and discretionary grants.  Responsibilities include:
Prepares, develops, analyzes, reviews, the LAFF, CLIG, IHE/Non-LEA RFP, and CCIF
Provides program coordination and oversight for all activities leading up to award of grants and administration during the life of the grant.
Monitors adherence to spending pans and provides reports to Asst. State Superintendent/Branch Chief regarding spending and issues.
Prepares Notice of Grant Awards. 
Reviews and approves grant applications and amendments.
Reviews monthly, annual and ad hoc reports and provides recommendations and feedback.
Reviews and finalizes Interim and Final Progress reports.
Analyzes grantee expenditures as part of ongoing monitoring process, anticipates and resolves year-end issues.
Maintains financial accountability data in Access database and compiles Excel spreadsheets for assigned LEAs, public agencies, and other agencies that are recipients of federal grant funds. 
Conducts on-site subrecipient monitoring for assigned LEAs, PAs, IHEs, and Non-LEAs to ensure compliance with all federal and State regulations.


EDUCATION: A Master's Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Education Administration/Supervision, Education, Special Education or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of professional teaching or administrative experience in or affiliated with an education program.


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 of finance or grants experience with Special Education or related programs


Knowledge of Special Education programs and programs related to serving students with disabilities; knowledge of the principles, procedures, and practices of education grants administration and financial appropriations; knowledge of financial practices and budget analysis for education programs; skill in evaluating special education program needs with regard to education grant requirements; skill in assembling and presenting education and finance related data; ability to associate special education program needs with grant requirements; ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.


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 410-767-0019, 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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