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Riversdale House Museum Manager

08 Jul 2020 7:34 PM | Omar Eaton-Martinez

Museum Manager II (14276, Grade 26)

Salary: $61,231.00 - $104,980.00 Annually

Location: Prince George's County, MD

Job Type: Career Full-Time with Benefits


Job Number: 14276

Division: Natural and Historical Resources

Closing: 7/23/2020 11:59 PM Eastern


The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), seeks a dynamic candidate to serve as History Coordinator/Museum Manager II.

As director of the historic Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, MD. The museum, a National Historic Landmark, is part of the Natural and Historical Resources Division (NHRD) within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Supported by a wealth of primary sources, Riversdale (1801) interprets life during the Federal era through a variety of engaging tours, public and community events, exhibits, educational programs, and outreach opportunities. The site includes the historic house, dependency outbuilding, Visitor Center, historic kitchen gardens, and rental property on roughly seven acres of parkland.  Riversdale is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) easement property, and county Historic Site.

The director’s chief responsibility is to provide professional museum management, leadership, and vision. The qualified candidate directs all phases of the museum’s operation including, but not limited to, facility management, developing and marketing programs, monitoring budgets, supervising staff, volunteer management, collections care and identifying and directing building maintenance and preservation needs. Position represents the Commission on various historic committees and associations, and performs other duties in matters related to management, policies and procedures of M-NCPPC.  This position is the liaison between the Commission and the Riversdale Historical Society (RHS), a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  RHS also supports the curator that is on staff for Riversdale.
This position is the liaison between the Commission and the Riversdale Historical Society, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. 

This candidate will be able to lead Riversdale in upholding NHRD’s four strategic pillars:
Pillar 1:  Enhance the Visitor Experience: Quality & Quantity
Pillar 2:  Leave a Legacy: Transforming Education into Activism
Pillar 3:  Strengthen Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging
Pillar 4:  Act with Honesty, Integrity, Respect and Trust


Examples of Important Duties

1. Manages operations at historic facility. Defines operational goals, objectives, and procedures. Ensures safety and security of buildings and patrons. Evaluates operational policies and initiates changes for improvement. Conducts regular inspections.  Advises staff on ways to solve technical problems, comply with administrative procedures and improve management of facilities and their programs.

2. Recommends and plans improvements, restoration, and development projects including building repairs, restoration/rehabilitations and exhibits. Communicates historic preservation concerns and works within the MHT easement and County regulations. Arranges and supervises all inspections, maintenance, and repairs of site and coordinates work with contractors. Monitors building utility systems and geothermal HVAC units to ensure proper operation. Provides technical guidance in planning new construction, remodeling, and expansion of facility.

3. Develops with staff interpretive programs, events, and activities relating to the mission of the site. Researches topics to aid in the development of interpretive programs and exhibits. Oversees development of program and exhibit marketing and interpretive materials.

4. Supervises staff. Plans, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work of staff. Develops and communicates work and performance expectations and conducts performance reviews. Identifies training and development needs and resources. Initiates, recommends, approves, and implements personnel actions including: recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, and termination of employees. Approves time cards and leave requests.

5. Manages and coordinates operating budget for facility/program. Prepares annual budget requests, and controls expenditures in accordance with approved budget. Monitors significant and complex programs and activities. Solicits bids and price quotes from vendors and contractors, make selections, and initiates purchase requisitions. Maintains records of revenues and expenditures. Prepares reports.

6.  Maintains active professional and cultural relationships with partner groups/agencies to coordinate programming such as the Embassy of Belgium, the University of Maryland, the Town of Riverdale Park, Maryland Milestones, and other historic sites. When appropriate, facilitates use of the site by community groups.

7. Oversees, in conjunction with staff curator, multimedia library of archival and historic records and materials. Collects, catalogs, and ensures protection of historical and cultural artifacts in secure archives.

8. Directs historic gardening operation and interpretation. Monitors historic site and enforces Commission policies and rules as necessary and reports violations to appropriate authorities.

9. Serves as technical advisor in various historical areas. Provides technical leadership, program direction, and expertise to the community and other Commission, county and government organizations. May conduct original research and interviews with scholars, witnesses, descendants and other knowledgeable persons.

10. Manages and collects rent for M-NCPPC-owned park rental property and acts as liaison with current tenant, a 501(c)3 community partner. Works with Commission staff to schedule and organize maintenance.

11.  Promotes positive public relations for programs and encourages public appreciation for the historical and cultural resource.

12.  Conducts regular meetings with staff members to discuss progress/problems related to site operations; is knowledgeable about the policies and procedures of the Natural and Historical Resources Division as well as the Department of Parks and Recreation and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; gives feed-back to staff and volunteers. Participating in related Commission committees as assigned as well as history-oriented county, regional, and state meetings/conferences/training sessions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in history, American studies, African-American/Latinx/Asian American/Native American Studies, museum studies, museum education, museum management, archaeology, museum education, historic preservation, non-profit management or a related field
  • Knowledge of Federal-era history and/or Maryland history
  • Ability to identify and effectively communicate historic preservation concerns/needs.
  • Experience in public programming and community engagement
  • At least (7) years of advanced experience with historic site/museum administration and management, collection management, and staff supervision.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in history, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, historic preservation, or a related field; and

2. Five years of progressively responsible experience, including two years as a program coordinator or supervisor; or

3. Master's degree in one of the above fields; and three years of related experience; or

4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

5. A valid driver's license, or the ability to acquire one.

Supplemental Information

Works occasional evening and weekend hours.

Career position with benefits. 

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