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Assistant Administrator, Maryland Heritage Areas Program

Recruitment #20-002586-0014


The Maryland Heritage Areas Program is governed by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and administered by the Maryland Historical Trust. MHAA provides targeted financial and technical assistance within thirteen locally designated Heritage Areas, each of which has a distinct focus or theme that represents a unique aspect of Maryland’s character.




100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

The Assistant Administrator supports the Administrator and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority in carrying out the activities of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program. This position supports the mission of the agency by encouraging economic development through the protection and enhancement of historical, cultural and natural resources that support heritage tourism activities statewide.


Supports the operations of thirteen locally-managed Certified Heritage Areas and the administration of the Maryland Heritage Areas Program.   

Assists in the administration of financial assistance programs, including the preparation of grant application materials; advising potential applicants; assisting with statewide informational workshops and webinars; participating in the review, evaluation, and selection of applications; the preparation of grant scope of work and financial information and contractual agreements; the review and approval of progress and final project reports, including financial reporting, giving technical assistance to grant recipients; and conducting project oversight visits to evaluate the performance of projects.   

Assists in the preparation of materials for quarterly meetings; annual program budget; and the preparation of the annual report to the Governor and General Assembly.  Assists in the planning, preparation, implementation, and reporting on public hearings associated with the approval of new and updated management plans and heritage area boundary expansions.


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

Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


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 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.


Two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in one or more of the following, or closely related, fields:  cultural heritage tourism; historic preservation/cultural resource management; museums/historic sites; natural resource management; grants management; the humanities; public history; archeology; architectural history; or preservation planning. 

Experience in the development or marketing of heritage tourism products. 

Experience in grants administration, and the use and implementation of Grants Lifecycle Management Software.

Experience organizing and conducting trainings, meetings, workshops and webinars.


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 ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) 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.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


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 

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application.

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

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

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.