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School Facilities Architect

Recruitment #19-005474-0004


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 21

Annual Salary Range: $64,565 to $94,298 with progression to $103,661


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a management position designated as a special appointment within the School Facilities Branch serving as an educational facilities specialist responsible for providing technical assistance to local school systems and approving major renovation and construction projects.


Reviews and recommends for approval all phases of the architectural design and contract awards for major renovation and construction projects for school facilities; provides technical assistance to local school systems for environmental issues, relocatable classroom buildings, and developing schematic designs; ensures that school architectural design projects comply with regulations concerning site approval and program accessibility; develops and implements facilities planning guidelines; coordinates meetings and conferences for school facilities staff throughout the State; serves as a member of the Education Section of the Interagency Commission on School Construction.


EDUCATION:  A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post-baccalaureate credit hours of course work in Architecture from an accredited college or university; possession of a current license as a professional architect in Maryland or in a state with comparable requirements is required.

EXPERIENCE: Four (4) years of experience as a licensed professional architect in the design of major institutional buildings are required.  Educational or K-12 facilities planning experience is desired.

NOTE: A Bachelor’s in Architecture and two years of additional experience as defined above may be substituted for the Master’s in Architecture.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of architecture; knowledge of institutional construction and renovation practices; knowledge of educational programs and public school systems operation; knowledge of applicable state and local school design standards, guidelines and codes; knowledge of state and local capital planning, budgeting, design review, and contracting requirements; skill in managing and coordinating multiple project reviews and delivering timely technical assistance to school system clients; ability to communicate effectively to school facilities professionals; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to prepare well written and illustrated materials; ability to make effective presentations to large and small groups.


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


For immediate consideration please submit your application by February 7, 2020 – Open until filled.


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If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for School Facilities Architect #224830 (JobAps #19-005474-0004). Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

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. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333- 3045 or visit our website at:        

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.