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Director of Comprehensive Arts Education

Education Program Manager II

Recruitment #22-005059-0005


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.


State Salary Grade 24
Salary Range: $117,721 –$145,417
*State Salary Guidelines apply for current State employees.



Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 West Baltimore
Street Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

Under the direction of the Deputy State Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, the Director, Comprehensive Arts Education provides leadership, content area expertise, and oversight to all state arts education programs and initiatives in Maryland. This position oversees the development and deployment of best in class, research-based supports to local education agencies (LEAs) to implement comprehensive arts education programs for the five arts disciplines (dance, media art, music, theater, and visual arts) that elevate the role of the arts in teaching and learning and ensure access to high-quality arts programming for all students across the state, especially those who have been historically underserved.

Additionally, the Director of Comprehensive Arts Education works closely with key stakeholders in supporting arts literacy for every Maryland child. This position oversees the collaboration with diverse communities and organizations to analyze programs and strategies that promote culturally diverse and responsive arts education practices across the state, and build best in class, research-based arts education pathways, such as dual enrollment, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, and comprehensive arts education-based programs of study and apprenticeships. This position supports the Maryland State Department of Education’s efforts in implementing the multi-year strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.


Manages and oversees the implementation and monitoring of high-quality deliverables associated with the Maryland arts education standards.
  • Provides direct content specific leadership and oversight to all state arts education programs, projects, and initiatives.
  • Strengthens arts education programs through standards development, program planning, communication, and research/development.
  • Utilizes data and stakeholder input to identify gaps in access to the arts and collaboratively identifies solutions. Oversees and directly engages in statewide arts education content meetings and conducts annual local education agency site visits.
  • Manages the development and deployments of high-quality professional learning opportunities for school system arts leaders, educators, and other stakeholders.
  • Builds LEA capacity for curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. and supports LEAs to develop and implement comprehensive arts education pathways that ensure equitable access for historically disadvantaged students and that these pathways do not exacerbate inequities.
  • Oversees and participates in statewide workgroups focused on the development, coordination, and implementation of comprehensive arts education-based College and Career readiness pathways aligned to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and ensuring students’ access to pathways across the state, especially those who have been historically underserved. 
  • Provides leadership and cohesion to arts education communities across the five disciplines, and manages statewide workgroups focused on aligning arts education with Blueprint for Maryland’s Future College and Career readiness pathways. 
  • Provides fiscal accountability for all programs and initiatives related to the arts in close collaboration with MSDE’s Division of Finance and Administration


EDUCATION: A Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Education (dance, media art, music, theater, and visual arts), Education Administration/Supervision, or a related field.

EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of related experience in coordinating or arts education programs or services that focus on dance, media art, music, theater, and visual arts. One year of the required experience must have been in direct supervision of other professional employees.

  1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in Education or a related area for two years of the required experience directly related to the position option.
  2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the position option for one year of the required experience.
  3. The required field of education and experience are unique for each option and are established by MSDE in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The specific education and experience qualifications for each position are on record in the Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services.
  4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Education Program classifications or Education Program specialty codes in the Education field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education, one year of which must have been in an administrative supervisory or consultative capacity.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Expert knowledge of fine arts content to include dance, media art, music, theater, and visual arts
  • Knowledge of culturally diverse and responsive arts education practices
  • Knowledge of the Maryland College and Career Readiness pathways, standards, trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting fine arts
  • Knowledge of how comprehensive arts education aligns with the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future
  • Skill in curriculum resource development and in developing and presenting professional development programs
  • Skill in collecting, managing, and analyzing data and information
  • Skill in leading teams and establishing and maintaining collaborative and effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to include diverse communities
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing, through the presentation of concise yet comprehensive analyses and reports
  • Ability to balance and prioritize activities to meet deadlines


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees.


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. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. The resulting list of qualified candidates will be in effect for at least one year.



Applicants must complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application and resume must clearly demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the minimum qualifications for the position. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application. Postmarks will not be accepted.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities. 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. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay. 

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Individuals with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

All application materials must be received in our office by the Closing Date.

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