State of Maryland

HCD Project Manager III (#003760)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $89,727.00-$150,415.00 Yearly






A HCD Project Manager III is the senior, full performance level of work responsible for the performance of all aspects of the development, management and implementation of significant and/or strategic projects for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  Employees in this classification provide timely, and creative solutions to end-user computer and networking problems of a complex nature to ensure end-user productivity.  HCD, as a housing finance agency, offers a broad range of financial services that include bond finance, mortgage lending, municipal and small business lending, cashflow loans, tax credit programs and loan servicing, as well as housing voucher and grant administration for community revitalization.  HCD’s commercial partnerships and stakeholders include community and investment banks, sub-services, trustees and bond holders. HCD's lending and financing programs are inherently time critical, and there are extensive dependencies on personally identifiable information (PII), as well as other sensitive and non-public information. Employees in this classification have extensive interaction with software/database developers, and stakeholders at partner organizations, and all levels of program (line-of-business) staff.  Employees in this classification do not supervise other positions.

Employees in this classification receive limited supervision.

Positions in this classification are evaluated by using by the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the classification specification.


Enables the Department to expediently respond to opportunities and challenges via Information Technology;

Has responsibility for assembling a project team, assigning individual responsibilities, identifying appropriate resources needed, and developing schedules to ensure timely completion of project;

Takes projects from concept through final implementation;

Manages oversight of one or more phases of projects;

Utilizes project scope and objectives as boundaries and guides;

Defines project scope and objectives;

Maintains work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports;

Conducts project meetings, and responsible for project tracking and analysis;

Ensures adherence to quality standards and reviews deliverables;

Manages vendor tasks and tracks deliverables;

Recommends and monitors actions to address problems;

Has familiarity with the role and function of each team member;

Coordinates the activities of the team;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of line-of-business programs, their respective missions, and the role of information technology;

Knowledge of project management principles;

Knowledge of SDLC and change management;

Knowledge of databases, SDKs, and programming languages;

Knowledge of client server architecture;

Knowledge of business’/function’s needs for software;

Knowledge, at the highly specialized level, of a specific technology;

Skill in leading complex projects;

Skill in preparing detailed specifications for new systems;

Skill in delivering iterative results during AGILE projects;

Skill in providing guidance to HCD Programmers, Database, Developers, Network and System Administrators, and evaluating their work products;

Skill in delivering solutions and achieving outcomes via Information Technology;

Ability to analyze organizational needs, architect business solutions, and monitor/administer systems/software to optimize performance;

Ability to use acquired institutional knowledge to achieve organizational efficiencies;

Ability to undertake multiple phases of a project;

Ability to perform cost benefit and feasibility analyses.


Education:   Typically requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited  college or university.

Experience: More than three years of experience performing project oversight for multi-tiered client-server software in an organization with extensive level of program integration and reliance on technology.


1. Candidates may substitute six credit hours of coursework in application analysis and programming using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for six months of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and eighteen months of additional experience converting data from project specifications by writing program code using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for the required education.

3. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate and fifteen credit hours from an accredited college or university in systems analysis and applications programming using generally accepted computer programming languages or other developmental tools for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute experience in one of the following areas: operating computers, scheduling, controlling input and output or maintaining backups or data storage, processing data on computers, evaluating, implementing and maintaining hardware and software, on a year-for-year basis for a high school education.

5. Candidates may substitute completion of a certification program in project management, such as PMI’s PMP or an equivalent program for the required experience.

6. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Computer Systems Programming classifications or Computer Systems Programming specialty codes in the Information Technology field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Class Descriptions are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies.  Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

Class Descriptions provide information about the Nature of Work, Examples of Work, General Requirements and Acknowledgements.  The Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Minimum Education and Experience Requirements; Special Requirements; and recruitment and testing procedures are set by the using agency.

This is a Management Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Management Service positions.

This classification is not assigned to a bargaining unit, as indicated by the designation of S (Supervisor), M (Manager), T (Agency Head), U (Board or Commission Member), W (Student), X (Used by Agency or Excluded by Executive Order), or Z (Confidential).  As provided by State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102 Annotated Code of Maryland, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Date Established

July 1, 2019

Date Revised

October 1, 2021

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 003760; EST: 7/1/2019; REV: 10/1/2021;

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