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Director for the Center for Coastal Planning

Recruitment #24-005478-0008


Chesapeake and Coastal Service – Office for Coastal and Ocean Management is conducting an internal recruitment for an Program Manager III (Grade 21) to serve as the Director for the Center for Coastal Planning. Any interested Chesapeake and Coastal Service permanent (classified) employees who meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply. See attached job announcement.

A formal reclassification package from the selected employee’s current classification to Program Manager III would be submitted. Please be reminded that the requested classification title is not guaranteed until approved by the Department of Budget and Management.




580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Anne Arundel County)

Main Purpose of Job

The Director of the Center for Coastal Planning in the Chesapeake and Coastal Service Unit works with three Sections to lead the Department in assisting state and local partners in making effective, scientifically-sound decisions and plans for conservation, restoration and future development of coastal and ocean resources while building climate resilience and community capacity.

The incumbent works with the Waterfront and Resource Planning, the Local Resiliency Planning, and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Sections to effectively align and manage resources to develop and deliver ecologically-sound coastal zone management services to decision-makers, stakeholder groups, and site partners. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating and leading ecosystem-wide state planning and implementation teams and initiatives to balance competing uses of the State’s coastal and ocean resources, and ensure the long-term viability of these resources and the communities dependent upon them. This position identifies opportunities where the Center’s program approaches, tools and analyses, and technical knowledge can influence and support policy and management decisions at all levels of government to improve resource management.

This position requires strong skills managing significant grants and budgets across multiple years, teams, and funding programs. The position must integrate and apply Departmental policies and goals across Center activities and balance daily program operations with long-range planning goals. The incumbent integrates distinct planning and resource management programs, resources, and partnerships to achieve programmatic and financial efficiencies that advance strategic program goals related to coastal resilience; coastal and ocean resource management; and applied science. 


Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in coastal/marine ecology, biology, ecology, environmental science, environmental studies/policy, natural resource management, planning or other natural resource/applied science or related field of study.  

Experience:  Five years of professional experience managing projects, teams and/or supervising staff who are administering programs which address environmental, coastal or natural resource conservation, restoration or management topics.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Ecology, Natural Resources, Coastal or Environmental Policy, Natural Resource Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, or environmental related field.
  • Developing multi-year strategic plans and working collaboratively with a team to implement and fund such plans to advance multi-disciplinary work. This work may have focused on coastal resilience; coastal and ocean economies and resource conservation and restoration; and/or applied science and research.
  • Grant and budget management.




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 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 may be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.

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


Your application is part of the examination process. The examination will consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of this position. The rating will be based on the information provided on your application. Therefore, it is important you provide all the experience and education related to this position completely and accurately.



The online application is strongly preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to: Department of Natural Resources, Human Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, C-3 Annapolis, MD 21401. The Human Resources unit is not responsible for applications sent to any other address.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the application.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management at ; ATTN: Recruitment and Examination Division. Please note, standard business hours for the help desk are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Inquiries made after hours will be reviewed the following business day. 

If you need to make adjustments to a submitted application or if you have general inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Emilee Knott at

Please provide ample time to complete the application template. If you are having technical difficulties submitting an application on the day of the deadline, it is strongly advised that you complete the JobAps physical application template and hand deliver to DNR - HRS at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401 before 4:30 p.m. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources cannot guarantee that late submissions, as a result of technical difficulties, will be accepted.

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Candidates with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. 

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