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Staff Specialist III, Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge

Communication and Outreach Specialist CTR 167-14

Recruitment #13-999999-349


Baltimore City

Main Purpose of Job

This is a contractual position responsible for coordinating public relations projects and the flow of information regarding the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT-ELC) reform initiative for the Division of Early Childhood Development (DECD) to local school systems, child care providers, advocacy community, and to coordinate the preparation and distribution of various informational, promotional and educational publications supporting the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.


Coordinates the development and distribution of informational, promotional and educational resource publications and materials regarding the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge reform impacting early care education and school readiness; consults with DECD staff for ideas, content, and layout; develops narrative; recommends design, layout and prepares final draft documents for renewal and approval; develops plan for layout, design, reproduction and distribution; publishes the “Partners” newsletter according to an established schedule to keep child care providers informed of new trends in early education, child care, notification of recalls changes in policy and regulation, health and other tips for in and out of home care; coordinates, attends and participates in various meetings; represents DECD on the MSDE internal marketing committee and other state committees and workgroups.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in Education, English, Journalism, Communications Marketing, or a closely related field.

EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of professional work experience in providing public information, marketing, or outreach activities. This experience in an education setting or promoting instructional programs is preferred.

NOTE: Two additional years of experience directly related to the position option may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.


Knowledge of public information concepts, communication, and marketing principles; knowledge of child care education, and school reform initiatives regarding Early Childhood Development; skill in developing written, oral and public communications using a variety of computer software; skill in researching information and constructing presentations in a clear and concise format; ability to write quickly, effectively, and accurately in a variety of writing styles; ability to establish harmonious and productive  relationships with the media and publishers; ability to organize multiple tasks and events; ability to work effectively as part of a team.


To apply for this position online go to which is the preferred method for submitting your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow you to access your documents for future recruitments for which you apply and to verify that the appropriate documents have been attached to the recruitment that requires them.  

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and complete a Race to the Top addendum, indicating application for Staff Specialist III, Early Learning Challenge Communication and Outreach Specialist, under the Division of Early Childhood Development.

Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

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. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at www.marylandpublicschools. 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.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

Resumes must be recieved by: July 26, 2013 by 5 pm EST