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Administrator, Preservation Financial Incentives

Recruitment #19-002588-0044


The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is the state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation and education, the Maryland Historical Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. Part of the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), the Maryland Historical Trust serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

MHT is seeking an Administrator for the Preservation Financial Incentives Unit (PFI) located in the Office of Preservation Services (OPS). The Administrator of PFI will supervise and lead the unit, which includes the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, State Historic Revitalization Tax Credit programs, Easement Program, Capital Grant program, African American Heritage Grant program and the Preservation Loan fund.  PFI currently has 8 staff members.

The Administrator of PFI must have a total command of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and their application; superior technical knowledge regarding traditional building techniques, materials, and treatments; excellent writing and speaking skills; a strong ability to connect with constituents, partners, colleagues, and staff, displaying persuasiveness and diplomacy; and an infectious appreciation for and commitment to historic preservation.  The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with a track record of problem solving, program administration, and supervisory experience. 




100 Community Place, Crownsville, Maryland 21032

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to direct, manage and supervise the programs located in the Preservation Financial Incentives Unit which is responsible for the State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs, Easement Program, Capital Grant Program, African American Heritage Grant program and the Preservation Loan Fund. This unit is one of three operating units within the Office of Preservation Services, MHT/MDP. The individual in the position ensures the Unit's effective, appropriate, and timely provision of these services. Position helps fulfill MDP'S mission to promote growth that fosters vibrant, livable communities, preserves and protects the environment, and makes efficient use of State resources - by promoting incentives and enforcing regulatory requirements related to historic preservation. The position promotes the protection and preservation of Maryland's heritage resources by ensuring due diligence in the evaluation and generation of alternatives to proposed development which might have adverse effects on heritage resources.


Program Management and Program Administration - Consults with and provides specific direction to unit staff, currently 7 in number, in matters of policy, precedent, procedure, law, regulation, and standards.  Identifies appropriate interpretation of policy, regulation or law and identifies deficiencies or inconsistencies in existing procedures and policies, to ensure effective fulfillment of program duties and responsibilities.  Program administration and personnel management includes the following activities:

 Consults with and provides direction to all employees within the Unit on the coordination of project reviews, appropriate review decisions, applicable laws and policies, work assignments, and priorities to fulfill program responsibilities within mandated time frames.

Monitors Unit’s performance in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities and develops and implements measures to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of program services.

Evaluates, monitors, and reports program accomplishments and effectiveness to MHT’s Office of Management and Planning to help fulfill regular MHT/MDP state and federal reporting requirements.

Develops and refines procedures, policies, regulations, standards and guidelines, and educational materials as needed for unit to successfully perform required duties and responsibilities.

Manages Unit’s personnel – including hiring, training, and completing performance evaluations in accordance with established procedures.

Conducts reviews of proposed and completed rehabilitation projects and recommends revisions to applications for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Assists property owners, architects and consultants with project plans and the preparation of rehabilitation applications in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  

Identifies and evaluates properties and resources for their historical and/or architectural significance.


Reviews proposed work and determines possible effects/impacts on eligible historic properties or resources.

Proposes final determinations and makes recommendations or conditions of application approval or denial to the Deputy Director/Chief of the Office of Preservation Services (OPS), on behalf of the Director of MHT.

Works to establish consistency of application of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Provides technical and program assistance and education.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Five years of experience in administrative staff or professional work. One year of this experience must have involved one or more of the following: the supervision of other employees, overseeing and coordinating the general operations of a unit, applying rules and regulations, or exercising responsibility for the development of policies or procedures.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. 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 general experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Education:  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, museum studies, archaeology, anthropology, public history, public administration, or related field.

Experience:  Two years or more of experience working in the field of historic preservation.

 Experience with implementation of, state and federal law related to historic preservation and archeology.

Experience in evaluating proposed projects and completed work for compliance with preservation and construction best practices and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Experience with technical issues regarding traditional building techniques, materials, and treatments.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


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 placed on the employment (eligible) 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.



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

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If you are not able to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410 767-7950

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.  As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. 

Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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