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Senior Executive Director, College and Career Pathways

Program Manager Sr III

Recruitment #22-005484-0015


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 25
Annual Salary Range: $96,496 - $155,248/year




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

Main Purpose of Job

The Senior Executive Director of College and Career Pathways provides leadership, subject matter expertise, and oversight and support for all Maryland courses, programs, and initiatives related to early/middle college, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, dual credit, and career and technical education (CTE) pathways. This position will support the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) efforts in implementing the multiyear strategic plan and Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. The Senior Executive Director of College and Career Pathways ensures all students across the state, especially those who have been historically underserved, access and excel in high-quality pathways that include opportunities to earn college credit and in demand industry-recognized credentials and participates in registered apprenticeships that meet workforce needs.


Develops and implements the vision, mission, and short- and long-term plans related to scaling college and career pathways across the state in alignment with MSDE’s strategic plan and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
  • Manages the development and deployment of best-in-class, research-based support to Maryland’s local education agencies (LEAs) to implement highly effective, innovative school models and master schedules that support all students towards graduating college and career ready.
  • Cultivates and manages partnerships and strategic relationships with employers and in demand industries, state agencies, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, and professional associations.
  • Designs and implements accountability and reporting systems to ensure curriculum, instruction, and assessment focus on student achievement.
  • Works closely with industry partners, governmental entities, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations and other key stakeholders in the development and implementation of high-quality programs and initiatives.
  • Oversees the collaboration with diverse communities to analyze and scale college and career access and completion strategies across the state.
  • Directs the continuous improvement of statewide P-16 programs and initiatives that support college and career pathways.
  • Oversees the development and coordination of college and career pathways established through the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future for all students, especially historically disadvantaged students.
  • Oversees MSDE’s efforts to accelerate the growth of a robust apprenticeship program in every region to ensure students have access to high quality work-based learning experiences in high-skill, high-wage, in demand careers to achieve the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future’s goals.
  • Conducts regular, statewide professional learning sessions to support local education agency capacity building and refine program implementation and instruction.
  • Provides direct content specific leadership and oversight to support the P-16 integration and implementation of STEM education, and financial literacy.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) associations. 
  • Collaborates with MSDE’s Teaching and Learning offices/divisions to align and deploy best in class professional learning and support experiences.
  • Provides fiscal accountability, reporting, and coordination for all programs and initiatives related to college and career pathways.


EDUCATION: Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

EXPERIENCE: Five (5) or more years of experience in educational leadership in the areas of college and career readiness and access initiatives and programs; school improvement and transformation initiatives, and/or related experiences.

Candidates may substitute 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.


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

  • Share the belief that all Maryland students can achieve at high levels and are able to succeed in college or in careers.
  • Critical skillsets needed for this position include a deep understanding of college and career readiness programs and initiatives.
  • Expert knowledge of programs related to early/middle college, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, dual credit, and career and technical education (CTE) pathways.
  • Knowledge of culturally diverse and responsive education practices.
  • Knowledge of college and career readiness pathways, standards, best in class trends, regulations, policies, and issues affecting student achievement, especially historically underserved students.
  • Skills in professional learning and curriculum development, and in deploying best in class capacity building initiatives for school systems and educators.
  • Track record of excellence in leading teams; establishing and maintaining collaborative and effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including diverse communities; and achieving transformational outcomes for student achievement.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment, through the presentation of concise, comprehensive, and compelling data and research. 
  • Ability to lead and prioritize activities to satisfy program goals and objectives with urgency.


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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