Education Program Specialist II, Research and Data Specialist - Maryland State Department of Education

This is a professional position responsible for supporting the assessment of the agency’s progress toward its mission by assisting in the development of the agency’s research agenda, evaluating the implementation and outcomes of individual agency programs, describing and analyzing agency data, and by conducting and/or facilitating large-scale empirical research.

Provides leadership, technical expertise, and evaluation support to LEA’s (Local Education Agencies) and acts as the lead researcher for the agency’s data analysis, research, and program evaluation efforts by collecting, describing, and analyzing data for short-term use in decision-making by the agency and the State Board of Education; executes projects from the agency’s research agenda by developing and answering research questions using appropriate research design and statistical procedures and communicates the findings; leads the agency’s technical assistance and support of LEA’s data use, research and evaluation efforts; supports the Office of Research’s work in developing and executing the agency’s research agenda, reviewing and/or evaluating existing research literature, and providing technical assistance for data analysis and research across the agency.

EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of postbaccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.
EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of professional, administrative, or teaching experience in or affiliated with an education program or a related field; this experience to include executing, coordinating, or administering a data analysis, research, or program evaluation in education or a related field. Experience in quantitative research design, program evaluation, and statistical analysis procedures are preferred; SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) experience desired.
1. Two years of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the 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 quantitative research and statistical procedures; knowledge of research related to education and education policy issues; skill in interpreting, summarizing, and communicating findings to both technical and lay audiences, both verbally and in written communication; ability to design quantitative research projects; ability to design and conduct program evaluations; ability to conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses procedures empirical research (SAS preferred); ability to provide technical guidance to internal and external partners; ability to manage projects, including managing timelines and budgets. (Non-essential knowledge/abilities may include qualitative research design, survey design, psychometrics, and/or econometric analysis techniques.)

To apply for this position online go to MSDE Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments. Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.

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 indicate application for – Education Program Specialist II, Research and Data Specialist 039664 (JobAps# 18-005056-0006) 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

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 some 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.

For immediate consideration please submit your application by April 20, 2018 – Open Until Filled