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Posted: 12/13/2010

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area

The Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is one of 11 heritage areas in Maryland, overseen by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (“MHAA”). The Heritage Area is located in Northern Prince George’s County, just north of Washington, DC along U.S. Route 1. Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization which serves as the management entity and organizational catalyst for ensuring implementation of the management plan approved by MHAA for the Heritage Area. The mission of ATHA, Inc, is to advocate for, organize and promote heritage tourism in a way that fosters economic development while revealing and protecting the cultural, historic, and natural resources in each community within the Heritage Area.

Interpretive Programs Coordinator
Professional Opportunity
Hyattsville, MD

ATHA, Inc seeks an IP Coordinator to lead the efforts to expand and implement interpretive programming within the Heritage Area – with an emphasis on the War of 1812. Responsibilities include:

Interpretive Programming

• Develop high quality educational and interpretive programming.

• Develop interpretive policies, procedures and priorities.

• Evaluate existing programs, methods, activities and resources for compliance with best practices and state and local educational objectives.

• Identify areas for improvement and develop plans, in cooperation with partners, to facilitate the implementation of those plans.

• Participate in project planning within the organization and with partners.

• Develop tools and techniques to evaluate programs, visitation, and visitor services.

• Develop interpretive materials (including background historical research, theme development, graphics, etc.)

War of 1812 Programming

• With existing/new partners, facilitates discussion regarding implementation of plan.

• Work with local partners to develop site wide interpretive elements, including signage.

• Develop interpretive plan for War of 1812/Battle of Bladensburg Visitor Center.

• Lead the development of visitor center programming.


• Facilitate stakeholders and partners to develop driving signage and other initiatives laid out in the Management Plan and Strategic Plan.

• Work with the Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission to develop mutually beneficial interpretive elements related to historic, cultural and natural sites on walking trails.

• Build and maintain partnerships that enable effective resource development and fundraising.

Other Duties (Administration)

• Communicate with stakeholders about the benefits of being in the Heritage Area.

• Write grants to support programs, in cooperation with the Director.

• Provide recommendations on staffing needs.

• Work with the Director to ensure the mandate and mission of the organization is fulfilled.

• Set and meet high performance standards, expectations, and goals.

Qualifications: Candidates must have experience in history, preservation, museums, interpretation, communications, education, or similar. Candidates should have a background in historic preservation or heritage tourism as well as strong communication and writing skills. Candidates must also be able to work flexible hours, travel, and be comfortable communicating and working with a range of people -including residents, business owners, public officials, funders, and the media.

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How to apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume by January 21, 2011. Send your information to: Aaron Marcavitch Executive Director
Aaron Marcavitch
Phone: (301) 887-0777
4310 Gallatin Street
Hyattsville, MD 20781

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