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Recruitment #19-006094-0002


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Director, Arts in Education (Administrator I) within its Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). 

This is a Special Appointment position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.

This recruitment contains a supplemental questionnaire.  It is important to complete the Supplemental Questions as part of the application process.




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

Main Purpose of Job

The Arts in Education Program Director facilitates grants administration through creating, planning and executing all deliverables to process funding recommendations for Arts in Education funding and as a genre expert in the field of Literary Arts, Music, or Visual Art for various programs including - Grants for Organizations, Independent Artist Awards, Touring Grants, and Creativity Grants.


The position determines eligibility of both organizations and grant applications; provides technical assistance and training to non-profit performing arts organizations and grants panelists; and oversees their compliance with the policies and procedures set forth by the MSAC and the State of Maryland.  The position will administer a grants portfolio; conduct site visits; evaluate eligibility; substantiate funding; evaluate eligibility of grant applications for corrections or amendments; and supervise research and evaluation related to the programs; evaluate grants process and recommend new policies, criteria and/or revisions to workflow; and make recommendations regarding policies and procedures in order to accomplish the mission of the MSAC. The incumbent evaluates eligibility of applications for compliance and coordinates administrative tasks to support the program; plans and executes grant award and event activities; serves as selected artistic discipline expert when making financial and panel recommendations; determines panelist eligibility and recommends panelists to staff and executive director; administers panel activities and meetings; reviews panel evaluations and makes funding recommendations to the executive director, staff, and council.   

The selected employee 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; to effectively present information, explain policy, respond to inquiries and possess proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Mail and/or other relevant software.   


Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Literary Arts, Music, or Visual Art, Arts Administration or closely related field AND

Experience: Four (4) years of administrative or professional experience in the public or non-profit arts sector.


1. Applicants may substitute graduate education in Literary Arts, Music, or Visual Art, or Arts Administration at a rate of 30 semester hours for each year of the required experience.

2. Applicants may substitute additional experience defined above on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Two (2) years of the required experience with public or private arts grant making. 

2. Experience providing guidance & responding to inquiries from external/internal customers; and

3. Experience coordinating logistical details and/or planning events/meetings. 


Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment. Applicants must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.  Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date.


The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience as presented on your application and as they relate to the requirements of the position.  You may be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire.  The supplemental questionnaire may be used as part of the rating process.  Therefore, it is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  



It is highly preferred that you apply online. Please attach a resume to your online application.  If you are unable to apply online, please submit your resume and supplemental questionnaire to: 


Maryland Department of Commerce


World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt Street, 10th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202


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:  


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 


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.


TTY users: Call via MD Relay - 1-800-925-4434


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