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Director of Social Studies

Education Program Manager II

Recruitment #22-005059-0008


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

The director of social studies provides leadership, content area expertise, and oversight to all statewide social studies programs and initiatives prekindergarten through 12th grade in Maryland public schools. This position oversees the development and deployment of best in class, research-based support to local education agencies and early childhood education providers to implement comprehensive and equitable policies, programs, and practices aligned to Maryland’s social studies content standards. The director of social studies will focus on developing and implementing programs and initiatives that ensure access to secondary social studies courses and pathways that are intentionally designed to prepare students to be college and career ready, especially those who have been historically underserved.

This position will spearhead the Maryland State Department of Education’s collaboration and coordination with key stakeholders (i.e., institutions of higher education, associations, nonprofits; community-based organizations; nationally-based organizations, industry; etc.) in the implementation of high-quality social studies curriculum, courses, and programs aligned to Maryland’s college and career readiness standards. This position will oversee the collaboration with diverse communities and organizations to analyze programs and strategies that promote culturally responsive teaching practices and best in class, research-based college and career readiness pathways, such as dual enrollment, early/middle college, advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, industry-recognized credentials, and apprenticeships. This position supports the Maryland State Department of Education’s efforts in implementing the multiyear strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.


Provides direct content specific leadership and oversight to statewide social studies programs and initiatives.
  • Provides leadership for social studies curricular design, instructional implementation, assessment, and professional development in prekindergarten through 12th grade.
  • Identifies gaps and barriers in access for historically disadvantaged students to advanced social studies courses, pathways, and programs, develops and implements solutions.
  • Spearheads and coordinates regular statewide content meetings and conducts local education agency site visits.
  • Provides high-quality technical assistance and professional learning sessions to local education agencies and early childhood education providers to build capacity for delivering highly effective teaching.
  • Provides content expertise and leadership in the development and application of state rubrics for ensuring high-quality instructional materials in social studies aligned to the Blueprint’s college and career readiness standards.
  • Collaborates with MSDE workgroups to design and implement high-quality social studies curriculum, courses, pathways, and assessments aligned to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
  • Manages the development and coordination of college and career readiness pathways to ensure equitable access for historically disadvantaged students.
  • Develop responses for stakeholder and press inquiries under the guidance of MSDE’s Office of Communications and Community Engagement.
  • Demonstrates highly effective and collaborative relationships with divisions and offices to implement MSDE’s multiyear strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
  • Manages statewide workgroups with key stakeholders focused on strengthening existing and building new social studies courses and pathways aligned to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates high-quality professional learning activities for a variety of audiences. 
  • Plans and implements activities to highlight social studies education in the state.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in History, Social Studies, Social Sciences, or related areas from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five (5) years of experience in managing, administering, and/or leading History, Social Studies, Social Sciences, or related education programs in prekindergarten through 12 settings. One year of this experience must include supervising and/or coaching professional education staff.

  1. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work in History, Social Studies, Social Sciences, or related area for two years of the required experience directly related to the position.
  2. The required field of education and experience are unique for this posting 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 Office of Human Resources.
  3. 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.


Documented track record of impacting student achievement.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Please include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Knowledge of social studies and social sciences content 
  • Knowledge of Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards for social studies and/or national standards 
  • Knowledge of standards, trends, regulations, policies, and effective instruction and assessment in social studies
  • Knowledge college and career readiness pathway standards, trends, regulations, policies and issues affecting social studies and social science education. 
  • Skill in curriculum resource development
  • Skill in implementing, monitoring, and evaluating education programs
  • Skill collaborating with diverse communities and organizations for the purpose of analyzing programs and strategies
  • Skill in developing and delivering professional development programs
  • Skill in providing in managing multiple tasks and time sensitive deadlines
  • Ability to interpret and apply learning standards, policies and regulations
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work as a team member and establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


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.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

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