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Administrator, Maryland Heritage Areas Program

Recruitment #21-005237-0002


The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which have distinct areas of focus and themes that represents unique aspects of Maryland’s character.




100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032

Main Purpose of Job

The Administrator, in coordination with the program governing board, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, directs, manages, and supervises 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.


This is a Special Appointment position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.


Supports the operations of thirteen locally managed Certified Heritage Areas.  Oversees the development and implementation of Certified Heritage Area program performance measures and implements the Maryland Heritage Area Program Strategic Plan, including preparing annual program impact and direct performance reports.  

Administers the MHAA 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 project oversight visits to evaluate performance.   

Responsible for the implementation of policies, standards, and guidelines, and revisions to governing program statutes and regulations for final approval by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.  

Prepares materials for quarterly meetings organizes and leads meetings in coordination with the Chair; assists in preparation of the annual program budget; prepares 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.  

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

Provides technical assistance to heritage areas, local governments local tourism offices, and partner organizations regarding program requirements, policies and procedures, and funding programs.

Facilitates and supports discussion among groups with varying interests and backgrounds to reach common solutions.


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 –for-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-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


1.  Four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or administrative experience in one or more of the following, or closely related, fields: cultural heritage tourism; historic preservation/cultural resource management; museums/historic sites; natural resource management; grants management; the humanities; public history; archeology; architectural history; or preservation planning.

2.  Experience in the development or marketing of heritage tourism products.

3.  Experience in grants administration and the use and implementation of grants life cycle management software.


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 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 eligible (employment) 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.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service needs to be provided before hire. 

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 you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and 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  

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950.

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

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