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Executive Director of Assessment, Analytics and Learning

Program Manager Senior III

Recruitment #23-005484-0004


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 25
Salary Range: $116,427 – $155,248 
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.




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 Executive Director of Accountability serves multiple educational programs encompassing Accountability; EdFacts, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Career and Technical Education Perkins reporting, and legislated and State requirements including requirements from the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. This managerial position defines, calculates and reports on data related to the Department’s strategic plan for education reform and educational accountability measures. The Office is responsible for ensuring the state’s compliance with federal reporting requirements including the U.S. Department of Education EdFacts reporting and State legislative reporting and Annotated Code of Maryland requirements. This position provides strategic direction in educational accountability to report on and provide data for school improvement efforts including the federally required Comprehensive School Improvement and Targeted School Improvement school identifications.

This position serves a key leadership role providing management and technical expertise of several major projects within federal grant initiatives. Projects include the support of the development, implementation, maintenance and dissemination of a systemic process for calculating and reporting on educational accountability under specific guidelines by the federal government for the Every Student Succeeds Act and state COMAR (Education articles (2-205, 2-206, 2-203, 5-201-5-206, 7-202, 7-203, and 7-301 Annotated Code of Maryland). The position implements and utilizes programs and tools to support required calculations in reporting, and provides communication materials and technical assistance to stakeholders, and justifies to the federal and State government the Department’s accountability program results under mandated timelines.

Finally, this position provides detailed attention to all work activities and maintains that attention to detail while working with urgency amidst competing priorities. This position works closely with Local Accountability Coordinators, MSDE staff, and vendors to ensure timely, high-quality data is available from the agency to yield positive results for schools and local education agencies. This position will provide technical assistance to local education agencies and MSDE staff, assessing the needs of the agency’s offices and divisions and providing performance metrics and ad hoc reporting on available data. Finally, the position will supervise/manage the office’s data analysts.


Directs, oversees, and serves as the strategic leader for the Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act Accountability System, Coordinates activities for reporting federally required data, and provides technical assistance with regard to assessment strategies and data quality assurance.
  • Manages the creation and implementation of administrative policies, procedures and guidelines for program goals, standards and controls to meet the requirements for the ESSA and the educational accountability program objectives including the engagement process for amendments to the U.S. Department of Education related to the ESSA Accountability System.
  • Provides leadership in the Division’s conceptual and strategic planning process for the educational accountability program.
  • Develops and manages quality assurance and risk management programs to meet the education accountability requirements of ESSA and participates in the development, implementation, and assessment of strategies to ensure compliance with federal requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and state requirements under COMAR, Title 13A State Board of Education.
  • Tracks, monitors and defines specifications for program areas of accountability including all measures within the indicators (Achievement, Progress, Graduation Rate, Postsecondary Readiness, Progress towards English Language Proficiency, School Quality and Student Success).
  • Oversees and coordinates activities related to the reporting of federally required data from MSDE to government entities including EDFacts and Perkins.
  • Interprets federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures as they affect the Department and its dissemination of school, school system, and state data and develop strategies to transition given changes in regulations (for example the change in economically disadvantaged and race codes).
  • Provides expertise in data analysis, technical assistance, and communication material and participates in the development, implementation, prioritization and assessment of strategies to ensure compliance with both federal and state requirements. 
  • Ensures quality of data through quality assurance (QA) programs, validations. Collaborate with other MSDE offices and programs to continuously improve quality of data for use by MSDE.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years of experience working with large scale accountability systems, school performance, assessment, and program analysis and reporting initiatives; and/or high-leverage and large scale education programs in school district, nonprofit, governmental entity, and/or university settings. Experience must include successfully supervising, evaluating, and/or coaching professional staff.

  1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in History, Social Studies, Social Sciences, or related area for two years of the required experience directly related to the position.
  2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher 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 which must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.


Documented and measurable track record of success and impact through data analysis, research, compilation, and/or reporting programs and initiatives.


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.
  • Highly effective organizational leadership skills in order to align work processes. 
  • Knowledge of education content standards, accountability standards, effective instructional practices and assessment administration or development.
  • Knowledge and experience with data and statistical analysis and K-12 accountability systems.
  • Knowledge of best-in-class K-12 college and career readiness trends, regulations, policies, and issues.
  • Skills collaborating with diverse communities and organizations for the purpose of analyzing programs and strategies.
  • Skills in effective formative and summative assessment design, and management of large-scale assessment and evaluation contracts and projects.
  • Skills and experience in data analysis and in delivering, designing, and evaluating effective performance reporting, data visualizations and communication material.
  • Skills in managing competing priorities and executing on time sensitive deadlines.
  • Skills in critical thinking and the ability to analyze problems and devise effective solutions.
  • Ability to interpret and apply learning standards, policies, and regulations. 
  • Ability to cultivate and manage effective working relationships across various offices/divisions, governmental entities, and community-based stakeholders to successfully implement programs and initiatives.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks and to work as a team leader.
  • Excellent organization, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve.


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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