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School Facilities Architect Manager

Program Manager Senior I

Recruitment #23-005482-0041


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.




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


The Program Manager Senior I will supervise the activities of the School Facilities Architects in the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of School Facilities and provide guidance in the conduct of the architects’ design reviews and evaluations of funding requests. The Manager will be responsible for reviewing design submissions and funding requests for their assigned local education agencies (LEAs) as well as assisting in the development of facilities guidelines.

The School Facilities Architect Manager will coordinate the Office’s work on the Nonpublic Aging Schools Program with the Administrative Officer and Executive Director, represent the Office when the Executive Director is unavailable, and provide technical assistance as needed to other divisions of MSDE, member agencies of the Interagency Commission on School Construction, other State agencies, and State and local leadership.  

Responsibilities include: 
  • Review and comment on educational specifications and feasibility studies. 
  • Review and recommend approval or disapproval on schematic design, design development, construction document, and contract award submissions. 
  • Act as a liaison among LEAs, parents, advocacy groups, and State agencies on school construction issues.
  • Negotiate with LEAs to resolve issues on capital projects. 
  • Provide training and assistance on aspects of design review specific to school facilities. 
  • Perform general supervisory tasks such as timesheets, leave approvals, travel and reimbursements, and performance evaluations. 
  • Represent the Office of School Facilities when the Executive Director is unavailable. 
  • Coordinate with MSDE divisions, IAC member agencies and other State agencies. 
  • Provide technical assistance to Nonpublic Aging Schools grant recipients.


Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a technical or engineering discipline such as Architecture, Engineering, Construction Project Management, or a related field.

Experience: Six years of experience in facilities design, construction and planning, 2 years of which must include the direct supervision of other professional staff. Professional license in Architecture or Engineering is required.

1.    Candidates may substitute additional experience as defined above directly related to the position at the rate of one year of experience for each year of the required education. 
2.    Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university for one year of the required experience.


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

  • Experience in Educational or K-12 facilities planning. 
  • Knowledge of construction codes and state and local regulations regarding building and planning of school buildings. 
  • Experience developing design guidelines/standards, facility program, or feasibility studies. 
  • Demonstrating strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to effectively connect with a broad collaborator group with varying degrees of functional expertise. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, prioritize and plan work activities while meeting respective deadlines.


  • Qualified candidates must possess a current Professional license in Architecture or Engineering.
  • Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants must consent to a State Police Investigation (fingerprinting) as a routine procedure for all employees with this Agency.


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. The resulting list of eligible candidates will be in effect for at least one year.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and 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, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. 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 or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0012, 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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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