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Coordinator of Elementary Science

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #23-005056-0020


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 22
Salary Range: $84,047 - $140,923
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.




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

Main Purpose of Job

The Coordinator of Elementary Science provides evidence-based and highly effective program and initiative development and implementation leadership support aligned to the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards, Environmental Literacy Standards, and Early Learning Standards to accelerate student achievement across local education agencies (LEAs) and early learning environments. The position will work closely with LEA staff and early learning providers to build the capacity to develop, interpret, and implement best in class science, environmental literacy, and Early Learning programs and initiatives, courses, instructional frameworks, curricula and assessments, and innovations to accelerate student achievement, and narrow and close opportunity and achievement gaps for historically disadvantaged students.

The Coordinator of Elementary Science will support the Director of Science to develop, deploy and facilitate, and assess the effectiveness of ongoing, high-quality professional learning and technical assistance provided by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). This position will also support the MSDE’s collaboration efforts with diverse communities and organizations (i.e., institutions of higher education, nonprofits; community-based partners; taskforces; etc.) to develop, implement, and analyze programs and strategies to scale students’ participation in STEM-aligned college and career readiness pathways, such as through dual enrollment, advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, and early college high school programs. The Coordinator of Elementary Science will support MSDE’s efforts in implementing the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and its multiyear Strategic Plan.


Develops and implements evidence-based science and environmental literacy programs and initiatives, professional learning, and technical assistance, and provides content expertise and stakeholder engagement to accelerate student achievement.
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of high-quality and evidence-based professional learning (i.e., lesson studies; MSDE learning labs; data-driven instruction; etc.), including year-round in-person sessions across the state within districts and school sites.
  • Provides leadership support, guidance, and direction to local education agencies (LEA) staff, early learning providers, and other stakeholders across Maryland aligned to best-in-class science teaching and learning practices.
  • Provides consultation and support for the management of programs and initiatives and stakeholder workgroups focused on ensuring equity and access to rigorous science programs, pathways, and initiatives in Maryland Schools, especially for those who have been historically underserved.
  • Collaborates on issues related to the development and integration of accessible resources (i.e., instructional frameworks, curricula, and assessments, presentations, informational materials).
  • Supports the review and evaluation of high-quality, culturally responsive instructional materials, assessments, and resources to ensure alignment to Maryland Next Generation Science Standards, Environmental Literacy Standards, Early Learning Standards, and evidence-based practices.
  • Researches exemplary science and environmental literacy programs, resources, and instructional materials and supports the continuous improvement of MSDE’s science strategies and initiatives to accelerate student achievement.
  • Develops and provides high-quality, evidence-based professional learning and leadership support for local education agencies and early learning providers to effectively implement the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and MSDE’s multiyear Strategic Plan priorities and enablers.
  • Supports the Director of Science in developing, deploying, and facilitating highly effective and relevant professional learning explicitly designed to accelerate student achievement, especially for underperforming schools across the state.
  • Collaborates with diverse communities and organizations) to develop, implement, and analyze programs and strategies to scale students’ participation in STEM-aligned college and career readiness pathways. 
  • Facilitates and manages data collection, program monitoring and implementation, continuous improvement, and engagement initiatives and special projects.
  • Collects data to monitor and assess program implementation in compliance with regulations and state and federal laws and supports the preparation of responses on behalf of MSDE leadership, the State Superintendent of Schools, the State Board of Education, and the Governor’s office.


EDUCATION: A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in STEM education or science areas inclusive of biology, earth science, chemistry, astronomy, zoology, physics, environmental science or a related area from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, Science, STEM, Environmental Literacy, Natural Sciences, or related education programs in prekindergarten through grade 12 settings.

  1. Candidates may substitute a bachelor’s degree with 7 years of the specified content experience to satisfy the minimum qualifications noted above.
  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.


One year of teaching experience in a Science, STEM, Environmental Literacy, or Natural Sciences program.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Please include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Knowledge of prekindergarten through grade 12 Science-STEM and Environmental Literacy programs and curriculum.
  • Knowledge of standards, trends, regulations, policies, and effective instruction and assessment in Science – STEM and Environmental Literacy.
  • Knowledge of Maryland College and Career Readiness Pathway Standards and/or State and national standards, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting Science, STEM and Environmental Literacy. 
  • Skill in implementing, monitoring, evaluating, and providing high-quality and service-level-based support and technical assistance for education programs.
  • Skill collaborating with diverse communities and organizations for the purpose of implementing programs and strategies.
  • Skill in developing and delivering research-based and best-in-class professional development programs. 
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Ability to interpret and apply learning standards, policies, and regulations.
  • Ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees.


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. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. The resulting list of qualified candidates will be in effect for at least one year.



Applicants must complete the MD State Government online application for employment and submit their professional resume. The application and resume must clearly demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the minimum qualifications for the position. 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.

If you are 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. Postmarks will not be accepted.

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. Individuals with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country. 

All application materials must be received in our office by the Closing Date. 

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

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