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African American Program Manager/Museum Educator Position

  • 22 Aug 2023 1:48 PM
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    African American History Manager and Museum Educator - (Natural Resource Program Manager II)


    $63,650.00 - $122,531.00 Annually


    Ellicott City, MD

    Job Type

    Full Time

    Job Number



    Recreation & Parks


    R&P REC11F - Gen Fund

    Opening Date


    Closing Date


    Howard County
    Conveniently located in the heart of central Maryland between Baltimore and Washington, Howard County offers the charm of a historic past mixed with the excitement of a cosmopolitan community.

    Howard County Government

    Howard County Government is a leader in innovation, sustainability, and consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and work in the country. In 2023, Howard County Government received a record-breaking 51 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) – the most in the state of Maryland. NACo is the leading organization representing county-level government operations. These awards recognize innovative and transformative programs that provide new services for county residents, improve existing programs, upgrade working conditions, and enhance citizen participation and public policymaking. 

    What are we looking for? 
    We are looking for outstanding individuals to join our team and contribute in our continued work towards excellence in government.

    What you'll like most about working at Howard County Government: 


    • We are committed to workplace excellence in every area of County government.  
    • We take great pride in offering our workforce the best benefits and compensation packages in County Government, and we think you will too. This includes great medical, retirement, and wellness programs. 
    • Everyone at Howard County Government contributes to the development of programs, regardless of role. Your input will not only be heard; it will be encouraged. 
    • As a member of the Howard County Government team, you'll be helping to drive our culture and directly impact what makes us an amazing place to work.

    This position within the Cultural and Historic Resources Section directs, participates, and creates new, innovative educational programming relevant to Howard County owned historic sites. The position is also responsible for conducting research and creating programing focusing on the African American achievements, experience, and story related to these sites.  The position also assists with the creation of relevant exhibits, online content and publications and coordinates special events related to the Historic and Cultural Resources Section. 

    $30.60 - $32.48
    $63,650 - $67,550


    Performs mid management and advanced level natural resources work, which may include supervisory responsibility, under general supervision from an administrative or technical superior.  Work may include developing natural resource management plans, managing natural resource field operations and regulation implementation and compliance. Work may also include providing technical direction related to natural resource/ecosystem management, developing natural resource policies and procedures, and overseeing county-wide deer, other wildlife management, or educational programs. 


    Include the following.  Other related duties may be assigned.

    • Conducts scholarly research designed to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in the field of African American history in Howard County related to the African American experience, to produce findings for both scholarly and general audiences, and to interpret historical developments through public exhibits and programs.
    • Provides technical assistance to the Department on identifying, documenting, and preserving African American historic places within the park system. 
    • Develop, plan and participates in public programs offerings related to all county managed historic sites.
    • Is responsible for overall planning, implementation, management, and coordination of the Department’s strategic efforts to develop and strengthen African American historical interpretation of Howard County owned historic sites.
    • Performs and interprets research related to the African American experience of Department owned and management sites.
    • Plans, implements, and participates in outreach activities that promote the Department’s African American historic places.
    • Partners on research projects with other community groups and organizations.
    • Creates publications, exhibits, presentations, and workshops related to the African American experience.
    • Promotes the identification and documentation of African American historic places through historic property surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and state historical marker applications.
    • Directs, oversees, and participates in the Section’s special event offerings.
    • Works and cooperates with co-workers and supervisors at all levels.
    • Learns and performs all essential job functions accurately.
    • Review, determine severity, and submit incident, injury, accident, or other related reports for all incidents occurring during programs or camps to the Natural Resources Division Superintendent and to the Office of Risk Management. Follow up with parents/participants.
    • Supports the management of all aspects of interpretive and educational history programming at the Howard County owned historic sites and ensuring their relevancy and authenticity.
    • Collaborates with Historic and Cultural Resources Staff with creating educational and interpretive displays and exhibits at historic sites.
    • Responsible for maintaining a working knowledge of Heritage Tourism trends and opportunities.
    • Monitor the collection of activity data and assist in the formulation of weekly, monthly, and annual reports.
    • Attends trainings to stay current and relevant with best practices in the field of interpretation.
    • Collaborates with the Marketing Section to develop strategies and produce marketing materials for programs and events. 
    • Conducts interviews, recommends candidates for hire, performs staff evaluations and counseling, sets goals and objectives.
    • Manages office operations, obtaining programming supplies for educators, volunteers, and staff.
    • Provide customer service to both the internal and external clients. 
    • Completes fiscal and financial reports as required.
    • Compiles data and creates monthly reports.
    • Handles customer requests, inquiries, and concerns.  Coordinates responses with facility and registration staff.
    • Works regular weekday, evening and weekend hours and provides on-call assistance. 
    • Responsible for identifying and applying good sustainability practices into all aspects of Department operations.
    • Serves on committees as assigned.
    • Assists in maintaining CAPRA standards.
    • This position may be deemed as essential in an emergency at the discretion of the director.



    Supervises contingent employees. 


    Bachelor Degree and two (2) years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


    • Bachelor’s Degree in museum studies, History, African American History, Public History, Historic Preservation, Archaeology, or a related field. 
    • Strong background and experience in history and heritage tourism.
    • Experience in interpretive history programming and education.
    • Experience in a supervisory/management capacity.
    • Computer skills especially in Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, Outlook as well as website management.
    • Good organizational skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and the public
    • Proficient in public relations skills, accounting procedures and effective data entry abilities.
    • Experience interpreting African American history. 
    • Ability to research, analyze, and interpret academic sources such as historiographical works, journal articles, and primary sources, and present that information to the public in a coherent manner.
    • Ability to exercise tact, discretion, and judgment with patrons in person and on the telephone.
    • Ability to exercise initiative, imagination, and sound judgment in making decisions conforming to Department and NHRD policies.



    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to touch, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.   The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.   Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. 


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment encountered with this position is a combination of both indoor environments consistent with working in an office, meeting/classroom and in outdoor interpretation.  This would include activities in hot, cold, wet, rainy, snowy and other forms of inclement weather conditions.




    Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.



    Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 


    Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

    • Possession of a valid driver's license.  License must remain valid, as long as individual is employed in this class.
    • Possession of CPR and First Aid certification.


    TO APPLY:  You must complete an employment application online to be considered for this recruitment. Resumes cannot be substituted for completion of the job application work history. No paper applications will be accepted. 

    Selected candidates may be subject to drug screening, background screening, and reference checks.       


    At time of application, please submit a copy of any college degree, coursework, licenses, or certifications that you have referenced on your application. Applicants who have education obtained outside of the U.S. may need to provide proof of the equivalent U.S. education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service, such as the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (http://www.naces.org) or World Education Services: International Credential Evaluation (https://www.wes.org/).


    Howard County Government is not sponsoring employees in application of the H-1B Visa or providing an extension of an existing H-1B Visa. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.


    Howard County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to a workplace that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The County prohibits discrimination on the basis race, color, religion, age, sex, ancestry, creed, national origin, disability status, genetics, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  Applicants requiring accommodations during the hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources directly at  ebridges@howardcountymd.gov Requests for accommodations should not be attached to the application. 

    AgencyHoward County Government

    Address3430 Court House Drive

    Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043

    410 313 0819


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