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Comprehensive Planning Specialist

Recruitment #14-005056-003


Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position responsible for providing leadership and support to Maryland's Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Program by providing technical assistance to local school systems in the development and implementation of local comprehensive Master Plans and assisting in the coordination, review and approval of comprehensive master plans.


Provides leadership and support to the Master Plan initiatives related to Bridge to Excellence (BTE); provides technical support to MSDE and local school systems in carrying out the requirements under the Bridge to Excellence legislation; assists in the coordination of the annual review of local master plans; provides technical support to schools and local school systems in using and analyzing data and information related to school and student improvements, including the review and selection of evidenced based programs, strategies, and best practices; serves as co-chair for the MSDE Internal Bridge to Excellence Workgroup; provides leadership and support to the Student Services and Strategic Planning Branch in coordinating activities related to the Bridge to Excellence legislation.


EDUCATION:  Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in Education, Education Policy, or a related area.  

EXPERIENCE:  Five years of administrative or teaching experience in or affiliated with an educational program, including two years experience coordinating or administering an education program. Experience coordinating strategic planning for a local school system or educational organization and experience interpreting, implementing, and communicating education policies and procedures is preferred.


Knowledge of State and federal laws, regulations, policies, and programs including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Code of Maryland Regulations; skill in delivering technical assistance, training, and guidance to local school systems, and internal and external stakeholders; skill in managing multiple projects, timelines, and deadlines; ability to facilitate review panels in order to build consensus; ability to organize and manage multiple tasks; ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


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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 possible 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.  

Open Until Filled - Applications should be received by, February 14,  2014  

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