Public Programs Manager (13642, Grade 18)

Salary: $49,361.00 – $87,419.00 Annually

Location : Prince George’s County, MD

Job Type: Career

Job Number: 13642

Department: PGC Parks and Recreation

Division: Natural and Historical Res

Opening Date: 05/18/2023

Closing Date: 6/16/2023 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 Public Programs Manager for the College Park Aviation Museum (CPAM). The museum shares its campus with the world’s oldest continuously operating airport, established by the Wright Brothers in 1909, and home to the first Army aviation school. We are dedicated to preserving aviation innovations in College Park and the county. We engage and inspire our community and visitors with diverse stories through education, exhibits, outreach, and programming.

This position will support CPAM in upholding its mission and vision and the Natural and Historic Resources Division’s (NHRD) impact framework, inclusive interpretation plan, and four strategic pillars:

  1. Enhance the Visitor Experience: Quality & Quantity
  2. Leave a Legacy: Inspire Advocacy through Education
  3. Strengthen Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging
  4. Act with Integrity, Respect and Trust

Under the general supervision of the Operations Manager, this position develops and presents interpretive programming as pertains to the history and science of the aviation field. This position coordinates the planning, implementation, and evaluation of public and outreach programs; scheduling and staffing of rentals and birthday parties; and marketing of CPAM events, exhibits, and initiatives.
Examples of Important Duties
Public Programming and Events

  • Plans, develops, implements, and evaluates public programs that engage with the community
  • Reviews survey data and compiles various monthly and annual reports
  • Coordinates signature events with the support of part-time staff such as Santa Fly-In, College Park Day, Latinas in Aviation, Maryland Aviation Festival, etc.
  • Plans and implements programs and interpretive projects with Collections/Exhibit Department on exhibit-related programming.
  • Collaborates with Education Department on development of student-aged and family-focused public programs and activities
  • Provides special public tours and occasionally assists with field trips
  • Develops short and long-range goals for the Public Programs Department
  • Represents the museum at professional conferences and meetings

Community & Outreach

  • Develops new audiences through beneficial partnerships with external and internal agencies, community groups and cultural organizations through innovative programs, social media, and technology
  • Conducts public outreach throughout the county including community centers, libraries, etc.

Rentals & Birthday Parties

  • Schedules, staffs, implements contract rules and policies, and coordinates management of rentals
  • Schedules, staffs, and facilitates birthday parties on weekends
  • Leads setups and breakdowns and communicates support needs with facility and exhibit staff

Administration and Operation

  • Serves on museum management team with Director, Operations Manager, Education Manager, and Collections Manager
  • Trains part-time staff on program, rental, and birthday party procedures
  • Supervises event staff
  • In coordination with the Assistant Director, schedules volunteers and part-time staff to work programs and outreach.


  • Develops calendar of events and other print marketing pieces in collaboration with other offices.
  • Creates brochures, flyers, and postcards for program promotion
  • Provides content to PGParks social media channels
  • Maintains and send communications to all mailing and e-mailing lists
  • Updates electronic sign
  • Updates online websites and calendars

Other duties assigned

  • Assists in general museum operations
  • Serves on Exhibit Committee
  • Assists with educational-grant preparation, administration, and reporting

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, U.S History or history; and three years of related experience
  2. Proven track record of developing both history and/or STEAM-related educational programming.
  3. Working knowledge of aviation history and/or experience running and developing programs
  4. Proven experience successfully leading staff and volunteers
  5. Experience with event and rental management
  6. A candidate who is passionate and willing to do innovative and diverse programming
  7. Bilingual proficiency (English/Spanish) is a plus
  8. Proven track record and desire to teach a variety of ages and subject areas

Work Conditions
Works in an office and the field. This position works a standard Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with occasional evenings and Sundays required.
Minimum Qualifications
1. Bachelor’s degree in history, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, historic preservation, or a related field; and

2. One year of related experience; or

3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

4. Valid driver’s license, or the ability to acquire one.
Supplemental Information
Classification Specification History Museum Specialist

Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).

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.



The following benefit summary is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor should be construed as an employment agreement with the M-NCPPC, implied or actual. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. Benefits listed are extended to all Merit System employees of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). All plans are optional except the Defined Benefit and Long-Term Disability plans.

You have 45 days from your hire date to elect your benefits. Your coverage begins on the first of the month following receipt of your enrollment forms and required documentation.

Retirement Programs

  • Defined Benefit Plan (Mandatory Participation) – Plan E excludes FOP members.

Plan: Employee Contribution
Plan C: 9%* of base salary (FOP members only) – *9.5% Effective 4/1/2023
Plan E: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB.

  • Deferred Compensation MissionSquare 457 plan (Optional)
  • Traditional and Roth IRAs (Optional)

Health Insurance Plans (FOP Members Pay 23% for Medical, Prescription and Dental and same as all other employees for Vision.) All other employees pay percentage below.

  • Medical
    • Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) with Prescription Plan – (15%)
    • UnitedHealthcare Select Exclusive Provider Organization Health Plan (EPO) – (20%)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus Point of Service (POS) – (20%)
  • Prescription – CVS Caremark – (15%)
  • Dental – Delta Dental PPO and DeltaCare USA HMO – (20%)
  • Vision – EyeMed – (80% of Low Option plan paid by Commission. Any balance paid by employee.)
    • Low, moderate, and high options are available. Frequency of covered services differs.

Flexible Spending Accounts (Employee Pays 100%)

  • Medical Account – Maximum annual contribution: $2,850
  • Dependent Care Account – Maximum annual contribution: $5,000

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Mandatory Participation)

  • Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80% (FOP Members Pay 100%)
  • Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary, maximum of $6,000/month

Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance (Employee Pays 100%)

  • Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary that exceeds $108,000; capped at $216,000

Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80%)

  • Two (2) times base salary; maximum benefit is $200,000 for each
  • Automatic coverage with opt-out provision

Supplemental and Spouse/Dependent Life Insurance (Employee Pays 100%)

  • Supplemental – 1,2,3,4, or 5 times base salary; maximum benefit is $750,000
  • Spouse/Dependent Combination – $10,000/$5,000, $20,000/$10,000, or $30,000/$15,000

Sick Leave Bank (Contribution and Benefit hours prorated for part-time employees)

  • Employees have 60 days from date of hire to enroll.
  • Employee contributes 8 leave hours each year
  • Annually covers up to 688 hours for own serious medical condition, and 480 hours for parental responsibilities (birthadoption or foster care), and 80-160 hours for serious medical condition of an immediate family member

Leave Programs

  • Annual: 15 days per year
  • Personal: 3 days per year (12-month waiting period)
  • Sick: 15 days per year
  • Holidays: 11 days per year

Other Benefits

  • Credit Union
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Legal Services Plan
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Work-Life Program

For a more detailed description of benefits, please contact the Commission’s Health and Benefits Office at or 301-454-1694.

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