Please note that the salary range above represents earning potential. The budgeted salary range of this position is $71,266 – $120,000. Salary is commensurate with experience.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD) is seeking an Assistant Division Chief for Historic Resources to provide impactful leadership to 40 full-time and part-time employees that includes Museum Professionals, Archaeologists, Historians, and Cultural Resource Managers. This position is responsible for the advancement and stewardship of 17 museums and historic sites, Black History Program, Archaeology Program, and thousands of collections objects. In addition, the successful candidate will support the preservation of more than 180 recognized historic resources across the County.
The Assistant Division Chief will oversee a major ‘Inclusive Interpretation Initiative’ that is dedicated to sharing the sites’ historical narratives through balanced and comprehensive interpretation and facilitation. More than half of the historic facilities have histories related to the institution and practice of slavery, so the Assistant will play a central leadership role in the ongoing work to advance racial justice through structural changes at these sites that include relationship-building with descendent communities, honest and vibrant interpretation rooted in scholarship, and inclusivity in all aspects of operations.
Historic sites and museums include Montpelier, Marietta, Riversdale, Surratt House, Darnall’s Chance, Mount Calvert, Concord, Ridgely Rosenwald, Dorsey Chapel, Abraham Hall, College Park Aviation Museum and the Sankofa Mobile Museum, among others. NHRD preserves the historical heritage of the County by interpreting and maintaining these County-wide historic facilities for public use. The ideal candidate will have experience and education in the field of historical / cultural resources management and interpretation, history education, collections management and strategic plan development/implementation.
The Assistant Chief will prioritize the section work programs and goals, assist with budget preparations, serve as facilitator of multiple historic and cultural resources projects and represent the Parks and Recreation Department on key issues and programs. This role will involve the management of work of significant complexity, responsibility, and technical and policy expertise.
Reporting to the Division Chief, this position collaborates with the senior leadership team to develop the overall vision and strategic direction — building on the Division’s Strategic Pillars (outlined below) as well as the Impact Plan currently being developed.
Examples of Important Duties
- Develops and implements a strategic vision for Division’s historic resources facilities and programs.
- Provides thought leadership, guidance and presentations to high level internal and external partners including the Planning Board, County Council, state and federal agencies, historic associations, and community groups.
- Leads the work program, goals and expectations for the historic resources staff and facilities of the Division, which includes Cultural Resources Stewardship; Historic Research and Interpretive Signage; Museums and Public Interpretive Programs; and Archaeological Research and Outreach.
- Supervises facilities, operations and programs including maintenance, improvements, acquisitions, and stewardship.
- Performs HR supervisory functions such as assigning work to staff; evaluating staff performance and preparing performance appraisals; recruitment and selection of staff; approving leave requests; recommending training; counseling and improvement plans; and ensuring adherence to Commission policies and procedures for 20 full-time staff.
- Prepares annual budget requests. Recommends work plan projects. Participates in consultant contract process including drafting RFPs and specifying contract language.
- Independently performs research and analysis to solve difficult, complex and challenging problems.
- Provides technical expertise for cultural resource management, historic interpretation, stewardship, and outreach activities.
- Working with preservation and planning teams, supervises the analysis of master plans, sector plans, strategic plans, special strategic acquisitions, building proposals, and asset inventory and amendments to project related studies.
- Applies extensive knowledge of the principles and concepts of cultural resource management, as well as knowledge of research techniques and analysis using current literature and standard methodologies.
- Responds to and/or oversees staff responses to critical inquiries or requests for information from residents, community leaders, developers, attorneys, and public officials.
Application deadline: June 23, 2022
Date posted: June 9, 2022