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EDUCATION PROGRAM SPECIALIST I

Education Accountability Specialists

Recruitment #13-005055-002

Introduction

3 Positions Available

GRADE

State Salary Grade 21

Annual Salary Range: $57,626 - $84,165

LOCATION OF POSITION

Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for providing program support and technical assistance in conducting research related to the state accountability program in the Accountability Branch of the Division of Accountability, Assessment and Data Systems.

POSITION DUTIES

Provides technical assistance to local school systems, MSDE staff, and contractors for the acquisition, analysis, and reporting of research data and for developing and maintaining SAS databases in support of program initiatives; Acquires education accountability data from local school systems (LSS) and MSDE databases; designs, creates, and manages datasets, designs and implements procedures for data collection from LEA’s (Local Education Agencies); analyzes and evaluates accountability program data; writes computer programs to organize and clean acquired data in order to create valid analysis datasets; interprets and summarizes finds of research studies through written reports; provides research reports to the Branch Chief of Education Accountability; provides accountability program analyses in response to legislator and general public inquires and participates in planning meetings.

MINIMUM EDUCATION OR GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of administrative or teaching experience in or affiliated with an education program; this experience to include coordinating or administering an education research program or education research related area. Experience in statistical analysis, applications development and research, or data management preferred; SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) experience desired.

NOTES:   

  1. Two additional years of experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a Doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of research principals; knowledge of educational accountability programs; skill in data management and analysis (SAS preferred); skill in creating data collection systems; skill in interpreting and summarizing research findings; skill in providing technical guidance to internal and external teams; skill in maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external teams; skill in managing timelines and deadlines; ability to analyze complex program issues and to recommend solutions; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. 

Conclusion

Applicants must include their resume and complete a JobAps  or Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Application for Employment indicating application for Positions 040004, 039545, and 040255. The Application, resume, and any support documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications and possesses the Essential Requirements for the position. Completed Applications must be directed to the Staff Employment Section within the Office of Human Resources at the address on the Position Announcement or faxed to 410-333-8950. 

For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410.767.0019 or TTY/TDD 410.333. 3045, or visit our website at www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/aboutmsde/jobs. All applications must be received by the Closing Date. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and travel throughout the state are required.  The selected applicant must consent to a criminal background investigation as a required security procedure for all employees who have access to data systems.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.