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Education Accountability Specialist

Recruitment #12-005055-003


The individuals in this position will be responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating statewide program information for English-as-a¬-Second-Language (ESL).  This position will also provide grant management, statewide leadership, and technical assistance to grantees (local school systems, community colleges, and community based organization) in the delivery of local adult education programs.


Grade 21


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


Candidate's knowledge and work experience includes: 

  • Adult education instruction and administration    
  • Developing/implementing/overseeing special projects 
  • Developing/ interpreting and  implementing federal/state governmental policies and procedures
  • Data collection/ analysis for program improvement   
  • Record keeping and fiscal monitoring
  • Specific knowledge of ESOL standards and needs of the immigrant population

Selection Plan

Candidates that are placed on the eligible list will be referred to hiring unit for interview selection. Units will select those candidates most closely demonstrating the preferred qualifications for this position for interview.

Therefore, it is important that you report all the experience and education that is relevant to this position completely and accurately.  All information/documentation to determine your eligibility for this position must be received with your completed application by the closing date for this recruitment.   


Applicants must include their resume and complete a the JobAps Application for Employment indicating application for Positions #085075. 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 contact 410.767.0019 or TTY/TDD 410.333. 3045, or visit our website at www.maryland All applications must be received by the Closing Date. Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.




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.