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Grant Specialist, Title IV, Part A

Staff Specialist III - Education

Recruitment #24-005298-0002


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.




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


The Title IV, Part A Grant Specialist has primary responsibility for providing support, consultation, direction and technical assistance in the implementation and monitoring of the Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAE) at the local education agency (LEA) and State level. This position also identifies best practices and evidence-based activities for improving student academic achievement through well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy school initiatives, and effectively using technology to personalize student learning and improve overall digital literacy.

Responsibilities include: 
  • Responsible for research that identifies evidence-based activities in well-rounded educational opportunities, safe and healthy school initiatives and the effective use of technology and maintains an inventory of such activities to inform training, technical assistance and consultation to schools, school systems, MSDE staff, and other agencies. 
  • Organizes meetings and workshops to assist in providing leadership and technical assistance in accordance with specifications set by the immediate supervisor. 
  • Supports efforts related to the Title IV, Part A grant to provide quality training, and to monitor the implementation of grant activities. 
  • Assists the development and implementation of the Title IV, Part A application process. 
  • Collects and analyzes data on Title IV, Part A implementation and the use of funds for related activities. 
  • Manages the website for the Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment, and Educational Policy. 
  • Assists in the development of the annual calendar and budget, and manages contracts for the provision of local, regional, and statewide training events accordingly. 
  • Formats and types text, charts, and graphs for reports to relay information about the program and to meet reporting requirements. 
  • Reviews and finalizes interim progress and annual reports regarding Title IV, Part A for the State and United States Department of Education. 
  • Assists and supports local Title IV, Part A site visit monitoring reviews.


Education: A Master’s degree or at least 36 hours of equivalent post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of administrative or teaching experience in an education program.

1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience as described above for the required education.
2. The above requirements are set by the Maryland State Department of Education in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104, Annotated Code of Maryland.


Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • One year experience with grant management of an educational program.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Experience or education related to Student Support Services (school climate, behavioral health, counseling, etc.) 
  • Experience in graphic design and website maintenance/development 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office 365 and related applications 
  • Experience in data management and analytics 
  • Experience researching content and preparing reports or executive summaries 
  • Experience preparing and delivering presentations and training


Applicants must consent to a State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees with this Agency.


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. The resulting list of eligible candidates will be in effect for at least one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and 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, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. 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 and mailed to the address listed. 

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0012, 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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. 

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