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Assistant Administrator, Maryland Heritage Areas

Recruitment #17-002586-0023


The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. Part of the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Historical Trust serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office.

MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character. Together, MHAA, the Heritage Areas and local partners support the economic well-being of Maryland's communities by promoting, sustaining and creating place-based experiences for visitors and residents alike.  




Maryland Historical Trust

100 Community Place

Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

The Assistant Administrator assists the Administrator and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority in carrying out the activities of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. This position supports the mission of the agency by encouraging economic development through the protection and enhancement of historical, cultural and natural resources that support heritage tourism activities statewide.


Oversees the operations of thirteen locally-managed Certified Heritage Areas.  Assists in development and implementation of Certified Heritage Area program performance measures and other Strategic Plan requirements, including responsibility for preparing annual program impact and direct performance reports.

Assists in the administration of financial assistance programs including grants, loans, and tax credits, including the preparation of application materials; maintenance of web-based information; advising potential applicants; developing and conducting statewide informational workshops and webinars; the review, evaluation, and selection of applications; the preparation of grant scope of work and financial information and contractual agreements; the review and approval of progress and final project reports, including financial reporting, giving technical assistance to grant recipients; and conducting of project oversight visits to evaluate the performance of projects. 

Assists in the preparation of materials for quarterly meetings; annual program budget; and the preparation of the annual report to the Governor and General Assembly. 

Represents Maryland Heritage Areas Program interests on key task forces, committees, and program entities such as the Maryland Scenic Byways Advisory Committee; the Maryland Coalition of Heritage Areas, and state and federal agencies on issues of mutual interest.

Serves as lead staff for management of Grants Lifecycle Management software system, including provision of technical assistance to other grant programs, and principal contact person to software vendor.

Assists in the planning, preparation, implementation, and reporting on public hearings associated with the approval of new and updated management plans and heritage area boundary expansions.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year to year basis for the required general experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year to year basis for the required education and experience.


For those not using the experience substitution, candidates must have a degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History, Anthropology, Archeology, Museum Studies, Archives, Ethnography, Folklore, Cultural Studies, Public History, Natural Resources Management or closely related field.


Two years experience in one or more of the following:

  • Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • Historic Preservation/Cultural Resource Management
  • Museums/Historic Sites
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Grants Management
  • The Humanities
  • Public History
  • Archeology
  • Architectural History
  • Preservation Planning

Specific experience in:      

  • The development or marketing of heritage tourism products.
  • The use and implementation of Grants Lifecycle Management Software.
  • Experience organizing and conducting trainings, meetings, workshops and webinars.


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.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.

Successful candidates will be placed on the employment eligible list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.


The incumbent in this position is a member of a covered bargaining unit and will be required to pay a bi-weekly service fee to the exclusive representative of the bargaining unit.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must accompany the application.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If on-line application process is not available, you may submit a paper application, supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  Amanda Karnezis

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4923.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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