THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK & PLANNING COMMISSION invites applications for the position of:
History Coordinator/Museum Manager II (10167, Grade 26)

An Equal Opportunity Employer

$61,231.00 – $104,980.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 08/19/19

CLOSING DATE: 09/30/19 11:59 PM


The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), seeks a Museum Director for the College Park Aviation Museum (CPAM). Located at the nationally significant College Park Airport (CPA), the museum interprets the history of this active general aviation airport and incorporates science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M) into exhibits, programming for all ages (children, adults, seniors), school tours and outreaches for schools and community organizations.

The Museum Director provides professional museum management, leadership, and vision for this 7-day/week operation, as well as superb personnel management for a team of up to 20 – 25 staff, both full and part-time. The museum is part of the Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD) within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).


The Museum Director provides dynamic leadership, vision and direction for the museum staff. The Director works closely with the Facility Manager to facilitate building maintenance and repairs as well as exhibit fabrication/repairs; manages, approves and facilitates expenditures to stay within budget; administers organizational paperwork and reports with support from the Office Administrator; oversees marketing/social media with internal team as well as NHRD Outreach & Communications Coordinator and Public Affairs Division; facilitates exhibit long range planning (both updating permanent exhibits and temporary exhibits), design, fabrication and installation in collaboration with Collections Manager and Facility Manager; strategic planning, grant writing, programming oversight and direction. Additionally, the Director works closely with the Assistant Director to ensure that daily operations, the Education team, including the Director of Education & Outreach, and Programming Manager are all working together to ensure that the museum’s activities reflect the mission of the museum, division and larger organization. This position works with various community partners to cultivate new audiences and engage diverse communities in creative ways.

The Museum Director works across the various divisions within Parks and Recreation and with external community partners to foster meaningful, engaging programming, partnerships that address our diverse audiences, and to generate effective marketing materials. This position represents the museum and larger organization at local, regional and national meetings. Delivering dynamic public presentations are a key component of this position. The Director identifies funding sources and works with colleagues on grant applications to support special exhibit, collections or programming opportunities. Grant administration and reporting as part of the Director’s role.

The Field of Firsts Foundation (FOFF) is an independent, 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to further the educational and historic preservation mission of the College Park Aviation Museum at the College Park Airport through fundraising and advocacy. The Museum Director represents the museum and larger organization at Board Meetings, prepares proposals for project needs and presents them to the Board for funding support. The Director works closely with the FOFF President and specific committees to plan meetings, provide strategic input and facilitate board development and develop grant and/or individual donor proposals. The Director is not a member of the board.

Preferred Qualifications
**Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Museum Management or administration is preferred.

Candidate with working knowledge of aviation history and/or experience managing an aviation or science museum is a plus.
Candidate should have at least five (5) years of advanced experience with museum management, and administration, exhibits, collection management and supervising staff.
Proven successful track record of managing teams is essential.
Diplomacy in achieving consensus across organizational divisions is a plus.
Work experience within another municipal or governmental agency is a plus.

Occasional evening and weekend hours.

Salary commensurate with experience


1. Bachelor’s degree in history, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, historic preservation, or a related field; and

2. Five years of progressively responsible experience, including two years as a program coordinator or supervisor; or

3. Master’s degree in one of the above fields; and three years of related experience; or

4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

5. A valid driver’s license, or the ability to acquire one.


6611 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 103
Riverdale, MD 20737

An Equal Opportunity Employer Job #10167