Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

Date Posted:
November 29, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Arts Content Lead

Arts Content Lead – Educational Specialist D-(180007WR)


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Job was posted on Nov 27, 2018.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking to hire an Arts Content Lead.

DESE seeks an individual who has knowledge and understanding of multiple Arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts), demonstrated experience managing internal and external stakeholders to meet ambitious outcome goals, and an understanding of the power of curriculum standards.

The Center for Instructional Support provides leadership for maintaining the state’s Curriculum Frameworks and supporting districts with implementation of robust curricula aligned to these Frameworks. The Center is also responsible for designing standards implementation support resources and providing professional development in these subjects, supporting English learners (ELs) and supporting educator effectiveness. 

Specifically, the Arts Content Lead (Educational Specialist D) will be responsible for:
1. Leading the dissemination and implementation of the newly revised Arts Standards, including designing and carrying out a plan to support schools and districts in their implementation of the standards.

2. Leading the work of collecting student work samples and curricular materials illustrating mastery of the Arts Standards to provide a more coherent understanding of the expectations of high quality art instruction.

3. Support additional projects within the Center for Instructional Support determined by the Assistant Director of Instructional Policy in consultation with the Senior Associate Commissioner for Instructional Support:


Successful applicants must demonstrate the following:
• Strong content knowledge in one or more arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts); experience with arts from a wide range of cultures, genres, and time periods;

• Strong oral communication skills, including experience presenting to groups

of educators and organizing meetings with various stakeholders that result in

clear, actionable outcomes; experience engaging educators from diverse

backgrounds and perspectives;
• Knowledge of state and national arts standards and current issues in art

teaching and art assessment;
• Excellent written and visual communications skills, including writing about art

topics; and other forms such as research papers, annotated bibliographies,

curriculum guides, memos, and graphics;
• Strong project management skills, including a detail-oriented approach and the ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities in a high-demand, fast-paced

• Eagerness to work collaboratively in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment where team members push each other’s thinking and strive consistently for the highest-quality work;

• Independence and strategic initiative-taking skills, especially in solving

problems and anticipating risks;
• Experience in PK-12 classroom Arts instruction; experience building

standards-based Arts curriculum and assessment;
• A commitment to data-driven problem solving and decision-making;
• Travel in- and out-of-state required.
• Graduate-level study in Arts or Arts Education;
In addition to the criteria outlined above, a successful applicant for this role is
likely to demonstrate ability/experience in one or more of the following:

• Experience engaging students with contemporary arts forms (e.g. animation, spoken word).
• Knowledge of methods for supporting and accelerating the learning of ELs, students with

disabilities, and other groups with historical performance and opportunity gaps;
• Knowledge of the activities of professional arts organizations;

**Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O’Brien at MO’ or 781-338-6107.
How To Apply:
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