Hispanic/Latinx Achievement Program Specialist

Ellicott City, Maryland
Aug 31, 2021
Oct 05, 2021
Full Time

Hispanic/Latinx Achievement Program Specialist


This position opens on August 17, 2021 and closes October 17, 2021.

Initial application screening will occur beginning September 8, 2021.


In alignment with our Strategic Call to Action, the Student Access and Achievement Program supports various school-based acceleration and enrichment programs offered during the school day, after school hours, and beyond the school year. The goal of Student Access and Achievement is to provide support for our school system’s efforts to accelerate the academic achievement of all students, especially Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, international students, and English Language Learners. To learn more about employment with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), please visit our website at https://www.hcpss.org/employment/.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses in-depth knowledge of Hispanic culture and rich experience with Hispanic/Latinx students and families. Rooted in a commitment to educational equity, this individual examines cultural values and highlights salient academic, social, and emotional concerns that the Hispanic/Latinx community experiences. Utilizing their understanding of student and family needs at the local, state, national, and international levels, they facilitate effective communication and partnerships between students and their families and school staff. With their strong focus on data analysis, this individual makes programmatic decisions to support student success and provides culturally responsive strategies to all stakeholders regarding the academic, social, and emotional learning of Hispanic/Latinx students. The candidate is compassionate, collaborative, and flexible and available to work weekends and evenings as necessary to support students, families, and community partners.



Under the direction of the Coordinator of Student Access and Achievement, the Hispanic/Latinx Achievement Program Specialist serves as an advocate for Hispanic/Latinx students and families by partnering with administrators, school staff, students, families, and community partners to ensure that barriers are identified and removed to maximize opportunities that support student achievement and well-being.



  • Collaborates with Central Office and school-based staff, students, families, and community partners to support HCPSS’s Strategic Call to Action, as it pertains to Hispanic/Latinx students.
  • Provides program oversight and leadership for the Hispanic Achievement Liaisons to ensure systemic educational equity and data-driven decision-making to best serve Hispanic/Latinx students and families.
  • Manages Hispanic Achievement Program evaluations, data analysis, and reporting processes.
  • Provides leadership for implementing strategies that are data driven and research based for accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy social-emotional well-being for Hispanic/Latinx students.
  • Facilitates the involvement of Hispanic/Latinx families and the community in the educational process.
  • Develops relationships with community partners, organizations, and government agencies to engage Hispanic/Latinx students in leadership, college, and career opportunities.
  • Provides professional learning regarding the academic, social, and emotional learning needs of Hispanic/Latinx students to accelerate their academic achievement.



The above list is a summary of the functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.



Applicants must meet all the following qualifications, listed below, to be considered for the vacancy.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, a social science, or a related field.


  • Three years of work or volunteer experience serving Hispanic/Latinx families and communities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of key issues impacting Hispanic/Latinx families and cultures.
  • Evidence of fluency in English and Spanish as demonstrated in oral and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, organize, coordinate, and build positive relationships with students, staff, families, colleagues, and community members in diverse educational communities. 
  • Excellent organizational, written, oral, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology to include web-based productivity and collaboration tools (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, etc.).



  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, a social science, or a related field.
  • Hold, or be eligible for, a Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certificate with the Administrator I endorsement.
  • Three years of successful leadership experience in a Pre-K-12 setting.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.



This is a 12-month per year position in the Non-Certificated Supervisory employee bargaining unit.  The starting salary range is currently $96,909.50 - $141,178.81. Salary will be determined based on actual relevant experience and in conjunction with salary procedures of the Howard County Public School System. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, this position is exempt from overtime.



Only applicants who submit all the requested information by the closing date of the vacancy will be considered for this position. Please note that a completed application includes:

  • A complete application form that includes a listing of employment locations with dates of employment and names of direct supervisors.
  • All supplemental materials (i.e.: resume, letter of introduction, and transcripts) required to verify that you meet the minimum qualifications.

HCPSS requires an official evaluation of foreign credentials to verify educational qualifications for degrees earned from foreign institutions.

Interviews will be limited to those applicants who, in addition to meeting the basic requirements, have experiences and education which most closely match the position qualifications and the needs of the school system. 

For questions regarding this vacancy, please contact:

Sandy Saval

Human Resources Business Partner

Office of Human Resources

(410) 313-6689


Equal Opportunity Employer

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  HCPSS ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.


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