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Recruitment #17-005482-0013


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director within the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council.




175 W. Ostend Street, Suite E, Baltimore, MD  21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Executive Director of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) provides executive direction to the state agency charged with encouraging and investing in the advancement of the arts for the people of the state.


MSAC is the largest provider of arts funding in the state, ranks fourth nationally in per capita spending for the arts, and is considered a model state arts agency.  The Executive Director manages a staff of subject-area experts; directs the organization’s operation to include budget preparation and administration; collaborates with partners to promote the importance of the arts in Maryland; and has oversight responsibility for MSAC’s major programs and Governor appointed commissions including both the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Public Art Commission.  The position is responsible for setting and for carrying out Departmental policies and priorities through the Agency’s programs, services, public information, and through partnerships with federal, regional, and other state agencies and organizations in collaboration with the Council. The Executive Director also acts as the Agency’s chief spokesperson and representative within state government agencies; within corporate, foundation, and educational communities; and both regionally and nationally within the arts industry. 


The candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills to work with high level public and private sector officials and maintain effective working relationships; excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to handle multiple, concurrent and high priority projects and possess proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite for Windows including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, Google Mail and/or other relevant software.   Some statewide travel is required, as is, attendance at out of State and National conferences.  Evening meetings are required.


Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in arts administration or an arts discipline from an accredited college or university AND at least seven (7) years of experience in administrative staff or professional work within an arts organization or a public arts agency.


Three (3) years of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.


Please describe in detail any job duties relating to the qualifications stated. If applicable, detail supervisory or management experience for each of the positions you held. 


A Master’s degree in arts administration or an arts discipline is preferred.



If you have any questions about this recruitment, please contact the Department of Commerce at 410-767-6300. You may also visit our website at: 


It is highly preferred that you apply online.  You are requested to attach a resume to your online application. If you are unable to apply online, please submit a resume to:   


Maryland Department of Commerce - Office of Human Resources 

ATTN: Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council 

World Trade Center – 401 East Pratt Street - 10th Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21202     

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay    


As an E-Verify and equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.     


We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

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