State of Maryland


- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $65,857.00-$105,735.00 Yearly






Administrative Program Manager III is a managerial level of work in the Management Service of the State Personnel Management System. Employees are responsible for directing programs which are generally found in various agencies, such as public information or director of administration, including the supervision of staff and responsibility for a budget. This classification is limited to managers of programs which are generally found in most agencies and are not covered by specific occupational series such as Personnel Administrator.

Employees in this class receive managerial or executive supervision from a higher-level manager or an executive.

Position allocation within the Administrative Program Manager series is determined on the basis of relative job evaluation among similarly functioning positions. The job evaluation factors include: qualifications; nature and purpose of personal contacts; nature of recommendations, commitments, decisions, and conclusions; creative thought; responsibility for planning; responsibility for administration; and nature of supervision received.

Administrative Program Manager I-IV are differentiated from Program Manager I-IV in that Administrative Program Managers I-IV are responsible for one or more program functions found in various agencies, such as public information or directors of administration, including the supervision of staff and responsibility for a budget. Program Manager I-IV are responsible for one or more agency-specific programs, including the supervision of staff and responsibility for a budget. Administrative Program Manager I-IV are differentiated from Administrator IV-VII in that Administrators IV-VII perform administrative staff work related to the administration of departmental policy and overseeing or coordinating agency operations, or as a special assistant to an executive.


Directs and coordinates all activities of an agency program or programs generally found in most agencies, such as general administrative services, legislative and governmental affairs, management analysis, research and development, or public information;

Establishes overall policies and procedures for the program(s), oversees implementation and approves revisions;

Establishes program goals, standards and controls to meet program objectives;

Oversees and manages the personnel and financial resources of the program(s);

Develops short and long-range plans for program operations and resources;

Determines organizational structure and staffing needs of the program(s);

Oversees development and training of program staff;

Plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate supervisors;

Represents the department in a liaison capacity with managers and officials of other agencies concerning program activities;

Performs other related duties.


Specific educational and experience requirements are set by the agency based on the essential job functions assigned to the position.


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, 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 Revised

September 15, 2017


Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 005474; EST: ; REV: 9/15/2017;

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