The Chief Archeologist, through delegation of authority from the Director of MHT, provides broad policy oversight and directs, manages, and coordinates archeological programs and activities conducted by MHT under its statutory role as the SHPO.† Responsibilities include strategic planning and overall direction of State underwater and terrestrial archeology programs; coordination of the MHT archeology program both internally and with external partners; leading archeology staff detailed to MHT offices outside of the Office of Research, Survey and Registration; and undertaking efforts to promote and enhance the MHT archeology program.† As such, the Chief Archeologist should not only have a command of technical subject matter, law, and policy, but also be a creative thinker and team builder, able to solve problems and achieve goals collaboratively.† The work of the Chief Archeologist will support and strengthen the work of MHTs interdisciplinary staff while connecting with the work of our numerous partners.† The successful candidate will be a compelling ambassador for archeology, providing strong customer service, public outreach, and response to often complex and controversial issues.
In collaboration with archeology staff at MHT, the Chief Archeologist undertakes the following major program activities:
∑†††††††† Develops annual and long-term plans, goals, and objectives for all aspects of the archeology program at MHT addressing research, survey, protection, and educational outreach objectives.
∑†††††††† Oversees development of archeological inventory program; establishes protocols regarding access to and distribution of MHT archeological data.
∑†††††††† Develops policies, procedures, standards and guidelines for internal archeological activities, as well as external individuals, agencies and organizations carrying out archeological activities under State or federally-delegated statutory requirements.
∑†††††††† Develops and comments on legislative and regulatory actions impacting archeology in Maryland; serves as lead staff member in developing solutions to complex, precedent setting or controversial archeological projects and issues; coordinates interaction with the media regarding archeology issues; promotes MHT archeology program at conferences, on the internet, and via social media.
∑†††††††† Leads archeology staff, providing general oversight, guidance, coordination, task assignment and dispute resolution among MHT archeologists, and convening regular meetings; represents archeology at MHT Senior Staff meetings.†
∑†††††††† Assumes co-responsibility, along with the Director of the MAC Lab, for the MHT Archeological Collection, including decisions regarding acquisition, deaccession, access, and research.
∑†††††††† Staffs the gubernatorial-appointed Maryland Advisory Committee on Archeology (MACA); attends meetings, leads briefings on State archeological activities, provides technical support and an annual report on the Trusts archeological activities.
∑†††††††† Facilitates emergency archeological investigations and other special opportunity field projects undertaken by the MHT archeology program or in cooperation with local organizations and universities.
∑†††††††† Coordinates MHT archeology education, outreach and promotional programs aimed at expanding archeological survey and protection activities throughout the state; establishes and maintains partnerships with external governmental and non-governmental agencies; organizes the Annual Workshop in Archeology.
∑†††††††† Oversees and coordinates preparation of site reports, articles, and papers and serves as contributor and author as appropriate in order to disseminate MHT archeological findings in professional journals/books and presentations at professional meetings.
∑†††††††† Supervises archeology-related components of MHT Non-Capital Historic Preservation Grants Program.