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Recruitment #21-006094-0001


The Maryland Department of Commerce is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Program Manager, State’s Arts and Entertainment Districts (A&E) and the County Arts Development (CAD) programs within its Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).


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




175 West Ostend Street, Suite E, Baltimore, MD  21230

Main Purpose of Job

This position serves as the Program Director for the state’s Arts and Entertainment Districts (A&E) program and the Community Arts Development (CAD) program. Each of these core programs extends the reach of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) across the state and enhances participation in the arts. Through the CAD program, MSAC supports a network of locally-designated arts councils in each of Maryland's 24 jurisdictions. MSAC's nationally-recognized A&E Program now encompasses designated districts in the majority of the counties in Maryland, with continued interest from additional communities each year.

This position provides technical assistance to organizations, analysis of their compliance with the policies and procedures set forth by the Maryland State Arts Council to maintain designation and/or grant funding by the State of Maryland, and serves as the industry expert and spokesperson for the programs.


The position will direct and manage both programs related to MSAC’s mission to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of the State by facilitating grants administration through creating, planning and executing all deliverables to process funding recommendations. Incumbent will develop program mission and goals for the programs; provide technical assistance and training to the organizations and panelists; oversee and conduct analysis of their compliance with the policies and procedures set forth by the MSAC to maintain designation and/or grant funding by the State of Maryland; serve as the industry expert and spokesperson for the programs; evaluate eligibility of grant applications for compliance and coordinate administrative tasks necessary to support the programs; administer a grants portfolio; conduct site visits; evaluate eligibility; prepare funding, policy, and recommendations; evaluate eligibility of both programs and grant applications for needed corrections amendments; execute grant awards; supervise research and evaluation related to the program; make financial and panel recommendations to the deputy 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; experience in the performing arts field; grant administration, evaluation and monitoring; ability to handle multiple, concurrent, and high priority projects; to effectively present information, explain policy, respond to inquiries.

State-wide travel. 


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts or Arts Administration.

Experience: Four (4) years of experience in administrative staff or professional work an arts agency, community arts and/or cultural district program development and management, arts/entertainment sector or in any arts related field.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university in Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts or Arts Administration may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Describe in detail any job duties relating to the qualifications stated:

Two (2) years of the required experience with public or private arts grant making and/or economic development projects.

Experience in providing guidance & responding to inquiries from external/internal customers.

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

Proficiency with Google Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Meet, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Group) or other relevant software.


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.



If you have 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 at - review Career Openings section. Please attach a resume along with the supplemental questionnaire to your online application.  If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the State paper application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire (by closing date) to:

Maryland Department of Commerce - Office of Human Resources 


World Trade Center – 401 East Pratt Street, 10TH Floor 

Baltimore, Maryland 21202 

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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 1-800-735-2258

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