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MSD School Administrator - Family Education Department Principal

Recruitment #23-009016-0004


The Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is a diverse, bilingual community who in partnership with families, provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging and challenging environment to ensure our students achieve personal excellence and become lifelong learners.  As such, we are looking for dedicated individuals who can join us in the education of the children at MSD.

This is a 12-month position scheduled to start upon hiring.  This position is in the Family Education and Early Childhood Education (FEECD) Department. 


MSD, Frederick Campus, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21705

Main Purpose of Job

The purpose of this position is to organize and foster a positive, safe environment that is conducive to best meeting the needs of all students, staff, and parents. This includes such responsibilities as: leading, directing, counseling, and supervising the Family Education and Early Childhood (FEECD) Department; The principal is tasked to creating effective parent, teacher, child communications; supporting, encouraging, mentoring, and evaluating staff; fostering teamwork between teachers and among staff and parents; managing budget items; partnering/working with counties' infant and toddler programs and collaborating on relevant grants.


Leads the Family Education and Early Childhood Department.

Develop and maintain all pertinent records for each child and family.

Systematically maintain and review students learning data to improve instruction, intervention, and placement.

Observe and evaluate faculty and staff on a scheduled basis.

Attend IEP and IFSP meetings to assist with the development of goals; support the implementation of accommodations per student’s IFSP/IEP.

Assist teachers in formulating appropriate educational objectives, strategies and activities, including review of IFSPs, IEPs, and unit and lesson plans.

Assist with coordination of efforts of guidance personnel, pupil personnel workers, psychologists, representatives of appropriate community agencies, and other specialists for the benefit of students.

Attend local meetings and state briefings led by MSDE and the Counties. Collaborate with County’s Service Coordinators.

Meet new families; co-coordinate with Outreach in providing tours of FE/ECD Department.

Develop state and federal grant requests, monitor awarded grants and generate required reports.

Participate in the implementation of school mission beliefs and language policy.

Coordinate ASL classes and parent groups for families.

Assist with classroom management.

Coordinate the assigning of staff to classes.

Assist in hiring/orientation of new faculty and staff.


Education: A Master's Degree in the Education of Deaf students, Education of Deaf students with additional disabilities, or related field required. Maryland State Department of Education Administrator I required (or the ability to obtain in a specific time).

Experience: A minimum of three years of successful classroom teaching experience with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students is required. Fluency in American Sign Language and written English, and knowledge of Deaf community required. Superior interpersonal and active listening skills required.


Experience in administration/supervision preferred.  Experience in leadership activities that involve organizing, planning, directing, and monitoring resources preferred. Experience with Early Childhood Education preferred.


New hires are subject to a criminal background investigation at their own expense.  (Maryland Code, Family Law Article 1, Sections 5-560-568)

Candidates will need to provide three letters of recommendation.


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. 


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.



Online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If online access is not available or if you encounter difficulty, you may submit via mail, e-mail, fax, or deliver in person before the closing date and time.  Please include your name and recruitment number on any documentation to ensure timely processing. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the online or paper application. Additional or supplemental information must be submitted by the closing date and time.  A copy of your college transcripts must accompany your application.  The preferred method to receive transcripts and additional information is for them to be uploaded. Application inquiries or supplemental information can be directed to the following:

Mailing Address: Maryland School for the Deaf Recruitment Department, P. O. Box 894, Columbia, MD 21044


Phone: 410-696-3031, TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Fax: 410-696-3084

Individuals from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.  We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

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