Skip to Main Content


Executive Director

Recruitment #22-005478-0009


The Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning, is seeking an Executive Director for Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), located on 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland. JPPM, the State Museum of Archaeology and a center for both regional and statewide archaeological research, features a Visitors Center, the historic Point Farm House and Garden, a series of self-guided trails, and various school and public education programs and events. JPPM is also home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), an archaeological research, conservation, and curation facility which houses over 8 million artifacts from across the state. JPPM has an annual budget of approximately $4 million and is presently staffed by approximately 20 permanent and 12 contractual staff members. (To learn more, go to:

The Executive Director must have enthusiasm for the archaeological subject matter at JPPM; an appreciation for the diversity of its programs, unique geography, and environmental resources; and a commitment to its educational mission. The successful candidate will be an entrepreneurial and creative thinker with strong interpersonal skills and a solid background of effective staff and volunteer management. The Executive Director must be a dynamic leader and team builder capable of maximizing the talents and skill sets of an interdisciplinary staff. Proven skills in goal setting followed by implementation, collaborative problem solving, and development experience are required. The successful candidate will be expected to reach out to JPPM’s many and diverse audiences to build long-term support for current operations and future initiatives. The Executive Director must also be an effective and dynamic spokesperson in the community and with the media.




10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD  20685

Main Purpose of Job

The Executive Director of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), the State Museum of Archaeology, is in charge of all programs, operations, and capital projects at JPPM - a 560 acre property with 41 buildings located in Calvert County, MD. The Director supervises three subprograms at JPPM, overseeing master and strategic planning, long term and annual goal setting and evaluation, policy development and implementation, budget development and management, personnel actions, coordination with JPPM support groups and advisory committees, fundraising, facility maintenance and development, and other decisions related to the program areas of Administration/Operations, Education, and the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.


Administration, Program Planning, and Monitoring - Leads development and implementation of goals, policies, and priorities that will ensure JPPM’s advancement and continued program excellence. Has primary responsibility for the development, implementation, and oversight of JPPM strategic plan. Monitors and reports on progress in achieving goals and implementation of strategic plan. Monitors day-to-day delivery of programs and services. Evaluates adherence to professional museum standards.

Budget and Personnel – Participates in the development of the annual operating and capital budget requests. Develops, implements, and monitors assigned budgets. Directly responsible for adherence to requirements of all federal, state, county, and private funding sources for JPPM programs. Provides direct supervision to the Program heads for Education and the MAC Lab as well as to the Assistant Director and two Administration staff. Coordinates staff development and training. Establishes a positive, safe, and healthy work environment in accordance with all appropriate regulations. 

Public Relations, Fundraising, and Development - Serves as a visible ambassador for JPPM. Acts as JPPM’s primary external contact and spokesperson including interaction with the media, affinity organizations, professional associations, and governing bodies. Develops and implements an effective public relations program. Acts as a member of the Division’s Senior Staff. Serves as principal fundraiser, working in cooperation with JPPM staff and others in the identification of grant, sponsorship, and revenue generation opportunities that are compatible with JPPM’s mission. Assists in the writing of or review of major capital and operating grants. Works closely with the Friends of JPPM in the identification of fundraising priorities and opportunities. Develops and maintains effective relationships with funders and donors, including local, state, and federal government agencies as well as individuals and organizations. Identifies new initiatives and partnerships related to revenue generation opportunities. 

Events and Outreach - Ensures the coordination of events, marketing, volunteer program, and outreach efforts across all units at JPPM via the work of the Marketing & Events Manager and Outreach Coordinator. Ensures that events, marketing, and outreach complement JPPM’s mission. Negotiates lease /license agreements. Oversees the development and implementation of events held by outside partners at JPPM. Oversees the Marketing & Events Manager in leading the planning, execution, and evaluation of JPPM-organized special events. Ensures that events are planned and conducted responsibly and safely. Ensures that events are monitored and evaluated for their impact on JPPM property, staff, and budget. 

Facilities Management & Capital Project Implementation - Provides managerial oversight to Assistant Director in matters related to Capital Project Implementation and Facilities Management. Provides overall management direction to the Maintenance sub-program for the prioritization, funding, and management of facility maintenance projects; timely completion of facility maintenance related projects; addressing safety and security issues; and addressing other facility related issues related to the demands of running a complex facility. Provides managerial oversight to Assistant Director related to short-term and long-term leases of JPPM facilities or properties. 

The position will often work evenings or weekends to accommodate activities such as representing the organization at public events.


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

Experience:  Five years of progressive management experience.


Experience with managing a diverse interdisciplinary group of staff and volunteers.

Experience with fundraising and developing and maintaining donor/funder relations. 

Experience with the management of historic properties, museums, or complex facilities.


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 evaluation 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 

For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-7950. 
TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay 

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. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

Powered by JobAps