The Cultural Resources Preservation & Stewardship Supervisor will be responsible for managing and directing the work program of a staff that includes Historians, Architectural Historians, Preservationists, Archaeologists and Cultural Interpretation Professionals. They will prioritize the section’s work programs and assist with budget preparations; serve as facilitator of multiple Cultural Resources projects and represent the Parks Department on key Cultural Resources issues and programs. The Cultural Resources Preservation & Stewardship Supervisor’s role will involve the management of work of significant complexity, responsibility, and technical and policy expertise. The position reports to the Division Chief and is part of the division management team. The incumbent will work closely with the Cultural Resources Museum Supervisor.
Examples of Important Duties
Manage work program for three key units: Archeology, Historic Preservation, and Historic and Cultural Interpretation
Performs HR supervisory functions such as assigning work to staff; evaluating staff performance and preparing performance appraisals; recruitment and selection of staff; approving leave requests; recommending training; counseling and discipline; and ensuring adherence to Commission policies and procedures for staff
Provides technical expertise for historic preservation, cultural resource management, stewardship, and related outreach activities
Oversees the analysis of master plans, sector plans, strategic plans, historic area work permits and applications, special strategic acquisitions, tax credits, building proposals, historic and cultural referrals, asset inventory and amendments to project related studies
Applies extensive knowledge of the principles and concepts of historic preservation and cultural resource management, as well as knowledge of research techniques and analysis using current literature and best practices in historic preservation and cultural resource management
Familiar with characteristics of historic building styles and building materials; practices for working with local, state and federal regulatory agencies; zoning, property title clearance, building codes and permits; regulations and easements; historical properties grant programs; archaeological and architectural guidelines; and history
Develops, designs, presents, and defends specific plan chapters, plan elements, and recommendations to Planning Board, County Council, Historic Preservation Commission, Maryland Historical Trust
Technical Advisory Commission, community, and others
Strong project management skillset with the ability to deliver clear outcomes through competing deadlines while planning, assigning and reviewing the work of individuals on multidisciplinary teams
Prepares annual budget requests. Recommends work plan projects. Participates in consultant contract process including drafting RFPs and specifying contract language
Responds to and/or oversees staff responses to sensitive and complex inquiries or requests for information from residents, community leaders, developers, attorneys, and public officials
Important Skills and Characteristics:
Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to maintain collaborative relationships with other Parks staff and key stakeholders
Proven ability to approach and interact with people of all backgrounds and the ability to think collaboratively with senior members of the organization
Ability to handle complex and often controversial situations through strong interpersonal skills
Considerable skill in problem solving to select, organize and logically process relevant information
Ability to work with highly confidential projects and data. Proven organizational, coordination, and workload management skills and abilities
Proficient in office software (MS Office), enterprise software and specialized software for planning, scheduling, communicating, word processing, collecting and reporting data, preparing presentations, and researching
Significant knowledge of, and skill in (1) the principles and concepts of historic preservation and cultural resource management; (2) research techniques and analysis; (3) current literature and best practices in historic preservation and cultural resource management; (4) County, State and Federal codes regarding historic preservation; (5) characteristics and uses of historic building practices, building styles, and building materials; (6) zoning, property title clearance, codes and permits, regulations and easements as they relate to historic preservation and cultural resources stewardship; (7) historical properties grant programs; (8) archaeology and architectural guidelines and history; (9) museum exhibits and living history programming; (10) techniques for public history and outreach
A Master’s Degree in Planning, Historic Preservation, Cultural Resources Management, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Architectural History, Architecture, Urban Planning, Museum Studies, Public History or related field
Ability to synthesize data and transform it into coherent, strategic workplans
Experience working within large and complex government organizations, preferably in parks
Proficient on developing visual aids in the form of maps, renderings, diagrams and charts to help communicate complex cultural resources stewardship concepts
Primarily works in an office setting; may work outdoors on an incidental basis. Work is primarily sedentary and requires very light to light physical effort.
Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Historic Preservation, Cultural Resources Management, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Architectural History, Architecture, Urban Planning or any related field.
Six (6) years of progressively responsible historic preservation, historic research and writing, museum management, cultural resource management, archaeology or closely related experience that includes supervisory or project leadership and coordination experience.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total 10 years.
Valid driver’s license (depending on area of assignment) in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.
Classification Specification Cultural Resources Planning Supervisor
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.
Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).