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Concord Manor House Museum Manager

16 Jul 2020 4:35 PM | Omar Eaton-Martinez

Museum Manager I- Concord Manor House Museum (14924, Grade 22)


$54,066.00 - $92,517.00 Annually


Prince George's County, MD

Job Type

Career Full-Time



Job Number



7/31/2020 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 Museum Manager for the Concord Manor House Museum.  Concord Manor, the 18th century Federal-style architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places, interprets an inspiring story of the African American upliftment during the torrid times of Reconstruction and the importance of individual and community leadership.

The Museum Manager provides professional museum management, leadership, and vision for the inaugural Concord Manor House Museum. The Museum Manager will be responsible for supporting collections management, curation of exhibits, historic preservation, public programs, volunteer management and administrative duties. The Concord Manor House Museum focuses on connecting pertinent themes likes like social justice, self-determination/community, and leadership using the history of the African American family, the Ridgeley’s as a platform for inclusive interpretation and community engagement. The position reports to the Assistant Division Chief, Historic Resources and the museum is part of the Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD) within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

We welcome candidates with prior demonstrable experience using innovation and creativity to make impactful solutions, especially within historical and/or cultural museums or historic sites. We believe that an inclusive culture among our staff is critical to convert nervous landscapes to sites of social action by integrating innovative programs and exhibitions that are co-curated with community members, scholars and thought leaders.

The Museum Manager is responsible for generating effective business strategies and processes for the museum’s optimal operation, including maintenance of the historic and new buildings and permanent exhibits; partnering with social justice/civil rights organizations; implementing an impactful and immersive interpretation plan and setting the strategic goals for the museum as an inclusive place of learning and reflection.
The Museum Manager works across the various divisions within Parks and Recreation and with external community partners to foster meaningful, engaging programming, partnerships, and to generate effective marketing materials. This position represents the museum and larger organization at local, regional and national meetings.  Delivering dynamic public presentations are a key component of this position.  The Museum Manager identifies funding sources and works with colleagues on grant applications to support special exhibit, collections or programming opportunities.  Grant administration and reporting are part of the Museum Manager’s role.

This candidate will be able to lead Concord 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. Further develops, interpretive plan for the Concord Manor House Museum with NHRD Assistant Division Chief, Historic Resources and other division staff. Ensures safety and security of buildings and patrons. Evaluates operational policies and initiates changes for improvement. Conducts regular inspections.  Advises 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 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. Works with Assistant Division Chief, Historic Resources, Outreach and Communications Coordinator and other division leadership in developing marketing strategies and materials for facilities, programs community outreach, and partnerships. Delivers dynamic public presentations both to the public and to elected and appointed officials promoting facility programs.

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 financial reports and assists with recommendations of fees. 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, but not limited to members of the Walker Mill Community, the African American Historical & Genealogical Society – Prince George’s County, Prince George’s Historical Society, and other community driven organizations. 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. 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 people.

9.  Promotes positive public relations for programs and encourages public appreciation for the historical and cultural resource. Promotes a public focused inclusive environment, ensuring customers are treated promptly, professionally, and with respect.

10.  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 Reconstruction-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
Minimum Qualifications

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

2. Three years of professional or related experience, including one year as a program coordinator or supervisor; or

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

4. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

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

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