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Posted: 07/13/2010

MD Historical Trust

State Historic Preservation Office

Director Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Professional Opportunity
St. Leonard, MD
$51,940 - 83,395


Maryland Department of Planning

Division of Historical & Cultural Programs

Director of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

Annual Salary: $51,940 negotiable to $75,883 progressing to $83,395

Full time position with Maryland State Government. Full state benefit package available.

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), is seeking a 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, a reconstructed Indian Village, the Point Farm House and Garden, a series of self-guided trails, and various school and public education programs. JPPM is also home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, 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 20 permanent and 16 contractual staff members. (To learn more, go to: http://www.jefpat.org/).

MHT seeks a Director who will have enthusiasm for the archaeological subject matter at JPPM, an appreciation for the diversity of its programs, unique geography and environmental resources, as well as 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 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. Responsibilities of the position include, strategic and operational planning, reporting, budgeting, fundraising, day to day management of JPPM operations and some capital project development and administration. 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 Director must be an effective and dynamic spokesperson in the community and with the media. The Director is expected to work effectively with Departmental staff, the MHT Board of Directors, the Friends of JPPM and build successful relationships with local, state, and federal government agencies as well as elected officials. The Director reports to the Deputy Director of MHT.

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

Requirements include: Master’s degree in museum studies, archaeology, anthropology, public history, public administration or related field; and, five or more years of progressive management experience. Candidate must have strong leadership skills; an energetic and innovative mindset; demonstrated experience in staff and budget management and fundraising; the ability to delegate wisely; excellent organizational, interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills; and a strong interest in working collaboratively. Proficiency in the use of computers for word processing, financial management, e-mail, and Internet required.

Send resume with cover letter by September 14, 2010 to:

Miriam Hensley

Maryland Department of Planning

Division of Historical & Cultural Programs

100 Community Place

Crownsville, MD 21032-2023


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How to apply
Submit coverletter and resume
Miriam Hensley
Phone: (410) 514-7607
Fax: (410) 514-7678
MD Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD 21032

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