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The Maryland Historical Trust is the state agency dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of Maryland’s past. Through research, conservation and education, the Maryland Historical Trust assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage. Part of the Maryland Department of Planning, the Maryland Historical Trust serves as Maryland’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. In addition to its administrative office in Crownsville, the Maryland Historical Trust includes the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard, Maryland, which houses the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.
Main Purpose Of Job:
MHT is seeking an Administrator for the Easement Program, located in the Office of Preservation Services (OPS). The Administrator of the Easement Program leads and manages easement-related reviews, inspections, technical assistance, documentation, and other activities for the nearly 800 properties statewide on which MHT holds historic preservation deeds of the easement. Duties include the supervision of two staff members. The position directly supports the Agency’s mission to enhance Maryland’s historic sites and traditions and preserve Maryland’s heritage resources.
The Administrator of the Easement Program must have a high level of understanding of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and their application; strong technical knowledge regarding traditional building techniques, materials, and treatments; excellent writing and speaking skills; a strong ability to connect with constituents, partners, colleagues, and staff, displaying persuasiveness and diplomacy; and an appreciation for and commitment to historic preservation. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with a track record of problem-solving, program administration, and supervisory experience.
- Administers all aspects of the MHT Easement Program, ensuring compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, and policies; works with other staff to develop and revise policies, procedures, and form documents.
- Provides staff support to the MHT Easement Committee by scheduling meetings, creating meeting agendas, making submissions available for committee review, conducting preliminary reviews of submissions for completeness and accuracy, presenting a summary of each application, creating meeting minutes, and drafting correspondence to applicants.
- Reviews proposed changes and alterations to easement properties for consistency with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties; presents recommendations, issues, and concerns to Easement Committee, Director, and other staff. Issues staff approvals within position’s authority.
- Maintains accurate and current paper files, electronic files, and easement database (MS Access).
- Serves as primary point of contact for all easement property owners and representatives. Conducts site visits, virtual meetings, and phone calls to discuss projects and processes. Provides technical assistance to easement property owners on a variety of issues including stabilization, repair, restoration, and rehabilitation techniques.
- Coordinates with the Office of the Attorney General regarding legal issues, interpretation of easements, lawsuits, and Public Information Act Requests.
- Conducts reporting and outreach activities.
- Supervises the work of the Easement Inspector, which primarily involves inspections and the identification of breaches of the easement.
- Supervises the work of the Easement Processor, which primarily involves the development of new easements, easement modifications, and easement terminations.