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Director of Multilingual Education

Education Program Manager II

Recruitment #23-005059-0010


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 24
Salary Range: $95,798 - $160,555 
*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 Director of Multilingual Education leads the development and implementation of all Maryland initiatives related to multilingual, dual language, and world languages education. This position provides leadership to ensure that all students in Maryland have access to and excel in best-in-class world language programs designed to elevate high levels of proficiency in multiple languages and support and sustain multilingualism. This position will support Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE’s) efforts in implementing the multiyear strategic plan and Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The Director of Multilingual Learners will provide strategic leadership towards ensuring that all students across the state, especially English learners, have access to and excel in best-in-class multilingual and dual language immersion initiatives, as well as world language education designed to elevate and cultivate students’ culture, language, and identities, and accelerate student achievement.

The Director of Multilingual Education will lead the development and deployment of high-quality, research-based professional learning supports to Maryland’s local education agencies and early childhood education providers to implement innovative school models, programs, and master schedules that support all students towards graduating college and career ready. The position will work closely with key stakeholders (i.e., Institutions of Higher Education, nonprofits; community-based organizations; etc.) in the development and implementation of highly effective programs and initiatives. The Director of Multilingual Learners will collaborate with diverse communities to implement and scale the recommendations of the Workgroup on English Learners in Public Schools for educating and supporting multilingual students and their families (i.e., developing and supporting teacher pipeline and quality initiatives to ensure high-quality learning environments for English learners; establishing two-way immersion programs; ensuring English learners have equitable access to college and career readiness pathways; operationalizing the use of high-quality assessment and reclassification policies and practices; etc.).


Leads the implementation of the vision, mission, and short- and long-term plans related to scaling high-quality multilingual education programs and initiatives across the state in alignment with MSDE’s strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
  • Establishes programs, initiatives, and policies that scale asset-based approaches for educating English learners and leads the development and implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Blueprint’s English Learner Workgroup's recommendations to accelerate the education of English learners across Maryland. 
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and technical assistance to local education agencies (LEAs) and early childhood education providers regarding the design and development of curriculum, data analysis, and the implementation of instructional programs, including best practices in sheltered instruction across content areas and structured literacy practices to accelerate reading outcomes for multilingual learners.
  • Ensures equity and access for multilingual learners by supporting the development of a comprehensive Statewide strategy to promote asset-based perspectives for multilingual learners and a language access policy for MSDE and LEAs. 
  • Enhances the Maryland Seal of Biliteracy program in collaboration with LEAs and Institutions of Higher Education to encourage students to pursue biliteracy and to recognize students attaining proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. 
  • Develops and monitors structures to ensure that all students in Maryland have access to and excel in best-in-class world language programs designed to elevate high levels of proficiency in multiple languages and support and sustain multilingualism.
  • Provides content expertise in the development of statewide rubrics for high-quality, content-rich and culturally responsive instructional materials in multilingual education in collaboration with MSDE Instructional Programs and Support staff.
  • Engages with MSDE Teaching and Learning offices/divisions to align and deploy best in class professional learning and support experiences to LEAs, early childhood education providers, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, and workgroups to evaluate primary and secondary education programs.
  • Develops a structure for building leadership capacity at the State and local levels by effectively applying findings from high-quality research and best practices to guide and inform the implementation of multilingual education and dual language immersion programs and initiatives and accelerate student achievement.
  • Effectively collects and presents data internally and externally to assess program implementation and refinement; benchmark MSDE programs and initiatives against best-in-class national programs; and ensure alignment with federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Leads multilingual, dual language, and world language education program and initiative budgets based on high-quality needs assessments.
  • Develops a process to effectively support LEAs and early childhood education providers with relevant program and initiative budget development, implementation, and monitoring (federal and state).


Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a related area from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years of experience in managing and leading Literacy, Reading, Language Development and/or related programs or administering multilingual development related programs in prekindergarten through 12 settings. One year of this experience must include supervising and/or coaching professional education 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 Multilingual Education, World Language Education, Literacy, Reading education or a related area for two years of the required experience directly related to the position.
  2. The required field of education and experience are unique for this posting 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 Office of Human Resources. 
  3. 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.


One year of teaching experience in a Multilingual Education 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 12th grade Multilingual, World Language or Foreign Language Education programs and curriculum. 
  • Knowledge of standards, trends, regulations, policies, and effective instruction and assessment in Multilingual, World Languages or Foreign Language Education.
  • Knowledge of Biliteracy Programs - programs that immerse students in multiple languages for the purposes of addressing Maryland College and Career Readiness Pathway Standards and/or State and national standards, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting Multilingual Education.
  • Skill managing, leading, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating education programs.
  • Skill in 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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