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Coordinator, Literacy Programs and Initiatives

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #23-005056-0029

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 22
Salary Range: $84,047 - $135,450 
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.

 

STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

LOCATION OF POSITION

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

Main Purpose of Job

The Coordinator of Literacy Programs and Initiatives provides best-in-class program development, implementation, and support of highly effective prekindergarten through grade 12 programs and initiatives aligned to the Maryland State Literacy Standards and evidence-based practices (i.e., Science of Reading; Structured Literacy; content knowledge development; etc.) to accelerate student performance in literacy across local education agencies (LEAs) and early learning environments.

POSITION DUTIES

The Coordinator of Literacy Programs and Initiatives provides best-in-class program development, implementation, and support of highly effective prekindergarten through grade 12 programs and initiatives aligned to the Maryland State Literacy Standards and evidence-based practices (i.e., Science of Reading; Structured Literacy; content knowledge development; etc.) to accelerate student performance in literacy across local education agencies (LEAs) and early learning environments.

Duties Include: 
  •  In close collaboration with MSDE’s Division of Assessment, Accountability and Performance Reporting, provides leadership support, coordination, and expertise in the application (i.e., data-driven instructional practices; etc.) of the MCAP Reading/English Language Arts (RELA) assessments at the elementary and secondary level.
  • Coordinates statewide workgroups and strategic partnerships focused on equity and access to rigorous literacy programs and best-in-class practices across Maryland schools, especially those who have been historically underserved.
  • Provides year-round, in-person professional development for LEAs, early learning providers, and educators and administrators in literacy teaching and learning along with the implementation of the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards for RELA.
  • Identifies exemplary literacy programs, research, resources, and instructional materials.
  •  Demonstrates knowledge of state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to literacy initiatives. 
  • Provides support to MSDE Division and Offices on matters related to literacy.
  • Collaborates with the National Council of Teachers in English, Maryland Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, State of Maryland Literacy Association and other key stakeholders and organizations.  
  • Leads, coordinates, and facilitates professional learning communities rooted in literacy problems of practice and solutions and implements high-quality professional learning across the prekindergarten through 12 spectrum.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A Master’s Degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate coursework in Education or a related area from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years of experience administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with Literacy, Reading and/or related programs in prekindergarten through 12 settings. One year of this experience must include supervising and/or coaching professional education staff. 

Notes:
  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.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

One year of experience managing or leading Literacy, Reading and/or related programs in prekindergarten through 12 settings.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Active teacher certification in any state with experience as a classroom teacher.
  • Experience with the Science of Reading, Structured Literacy, or other literacy programs.
  • Experience providing professional development and coaching to educators and/or administrators.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced state or large district led initiative focused on increasing reading outcomes.
  • Expertise on the Science of Reading
  • Experience with assisting LEAs with developing procedures and systems.
  • Experience producing documents and resources for LEAs, Administrators, teachers, or family/communities. 
  • Knowledge of early literacy programs, the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards and the Maryland comprehensive Literacy Plan.
  • Knowledge of curriculum and evidence-based instructional practices in English Language Arts and literacy
  • Skill in implementing, monitoring, and evaluating education programs.
  • Skill in developing and presenting professional learning programs; knowledge of school improvement programs.
  • Skill in monitoring and document grant financial activity; skill organizing/ managing multiple tasks and timelines.
  • Ability to work as a team member to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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. 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.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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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