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Assistant Director, Carrollton Hall, Franciscan Friars Conventual

14 Dec 2020 2:37 PM | Joseph Hamilton

Assistant Director of Carrollton Hall

Carrollton Hall is a residence built in 1832 by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, and is on the National Register of Historical Places.  It is located in Ellicott City, Maryland on the grounds of the headquarters of the Our Lady of the Angels Province of the Franciscan Friars Conventual.

One of wealthiest landholders in the new United States, Carroll built the neo-classical-style granite home for a granddaughter on a piece of his Doughoragen Manor estate known as “Folly Quarter.” For this project Carroll called upon architect William Small, a protégé of Benjamin Latrobe who had designed the U.S. Capitol and Baltimore’s Basilica of the Assumption. Besides Carroll’s granddaughter, Emily Caton McTavish, significant owners of the house included John Lee Carroll, the former Governor of Maryland, and Van Lear Black, publisher of the Baltimore Sun. The Franciscans have owned the property since 1928. Many historians consider this the most significant residence of its time.

General Description

In collaboration with the Director and Provincial leadership of the Our Lady of the Angels Province of the Franciscan Friars Conventual (OLAP), the Assistant Director will assist the Friars in developing the intellectual and interpretive strategies of Carrollton Hall’s educational programming including the research, design, and implementation of innovative exhibition strategies; care, management, and development of artifact, archival, and digital collections; development and production of dynamic educational and public programs; and serve as the liaison to Carrollton Hall volunteers.

The Assistant Director will assist the Director, Provincial leadership of OLAP, and the Mission Advancement Office (MA) develop relationships with donors to meet budget expectations.


  • ·       To perform/oversee research and provide information to the public regarding Carrollton Hall history as well as the Province’s collection and purposes through museum services and public presentations. The museum’s current collection consists of a permanent display on the general history of the house and its residents, silverware and china, art, and photographs. A significant part of the collection is an extensive inventory of relics and reliquaries from Catholic antiquity to the present. These include objects in metal, fabric, and paper.
  • ·       To develop an annual exhibit on a topic in the history of the house or, in collaboration with the Director and leadership of OLAP, a topic in Maryland, Catholic, or Franciscan history.
  • ·       To provide quality educational experiences such as tours and workshops to school groups on field trips to the museum, developing educational content and managing relationships with schools and teachers.
  • ·       To maintain/review tabulated written statistics on visitation; research use of collections; numbers of individuals contacted off-site, through formal and informal presentations; and number of volunteer hours contributed annually to the museum.
  • ·       To develop and maintain an archival database accessioning collections objects, entering them into database software, and developing storage and maintenance procedures.
  • ·       Work with the Director and Provincial leadership to develop a mission statement, long and short-term goals, and strategies to fulfill the goals.

·    Work with the Director and Provincial leadership to prepare and administer annual Carrollton Hall budget, including a revenue growth plan.

·    Prepare, control, and present budgets for individual events and exhibits; monitor expenditures for compliance.

  • ·    Maintain strong cooperative relations with other ministries on the Ellicott City campus and Province-wide.

Hours:                   20 hrs. per week

Hourly Wage:     $24.00-$28.00


Health:                           Package includes medical, dental, vision and short-term disability

                                        for employee.

Retirement Plan:          You may immediately participate in the Province’s 403b contributory retirement savings plan with your own funds. You will be eligible for the Province contribution after twelve (12) months of successful employment.

Paid Holidays:               Fourteen (14) per year; “Calendar” holidays falling on a Saturday/Sunday are  

transferred to the nearest workday. For part-time employees, only holidays falling on a scheduled workday are paid holidays.



  • ·       Candidates must have a BA or equivalent from an accredited college or University; an MA is preferred.
  • ·       Knowledge of the Roman Catholic Church, the history of Maryland, and the charism of the Franciscan Order sufficient to interpret and share their values and importance.
  • ·       Excellent communication skills including effective public speaking, writing, and use of media.
  • ·       Demonstrated skills in working collaboratively with staff and board members.
  • ·       Experience or innovative ideas regarding fund-raising.
  • ·       Ability to build relationships with the larger community.

For more information, please contact Friar Michael Heine, OFM Conv. at or at 410-531-1400.

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