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Recruitment #23-005406-0001


The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC), is seeking an experienced and energetic individual to fill the position of Research and Preservation Specialist Lead. 

This is a contractual position and serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority of the agency.




MCAAHC and BDM, 84 Franklin Street, Annapolis, MD. 21401 and Maryland Historical Trust, 100 Community Place, Crownsville MD 21032

Main Purpose of Job

The Research & Preservation Specialist Lead reports to the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, Executive Director, and is led by the Capital Programs Administrator at the Maryland Historical Trust.  The main purpose of the position is to provide grant oversight and technical preservation assistance for grantees receiving funding through the African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP).  This position directly supports the missions of MCAAHC and MHT mission by managing grants that support the preservation of Maryland’s African American heritage.


Job Duties

 1. Administers bricks-and-mortar rehabilitation projects assisted with African American Heritage Preservation Program (AAHPP) grant funding. Reviews plans and specifications in coordination with MHT Easement Program and MHT Review & Compliance. Assists grantees with RFP / competitive procurement process. Reviews and authorizes requests for payment. Ensures project compliance with program statute, regulations, and policies.

 2. Conducts on-site meetings prior to, during, and upon the completion of all grant assisted rehabilitation projects to provide administrative and technical assistance and to verify compliance of projects in advance of grant payments.  

3. Promotes the AAHPP to the public and responding to general inquiries about the program. Assists in developing and maintaining application and guidelines.  Leads and organizes workshops for potential applicants. Provides technical assistance, including site visits, for potential applicants regarding preservation best practice, organizational requirements, and site control issues. Evaluates applications and assists in coordinating review and ranking process. Assists in preparation of annual reports.

4. Provides the general public with technical assistance and program assistance related to historic preservation and African American heritage. Participates in outreach activities through MHT, MDP, MCAAHC, and related organizations. Makes presentations to professional organizations or conferences as requested.    


 Education: A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, historic architecture, urban planning, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, anthropology, public history, public administration or other related field


Experience: Two years of work experience, internships, or volunteer work.



Note:  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 experience.

Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor’s degree in any major, along with a certificate in historic preservation or closely related field for the required education.


Work experience in historic preservation, architecture, construction, or a related field.


This is a contractual position which serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority of the 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. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and 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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:   

Department of Budget and Management      

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston Street  Room 608

Baltimore, Maryland  21201

Recruitment #23-005406-0001

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

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.

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

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