Preservation Maryland is currently recruiting for a full-time Program Manager to join our team and lead the Smart Growth Maryland program.


Preservation Maryland is the oldest and largest historic preservation organization in the state.  Founded in 1931, the organization has been a leader in the preservation movement of our state and nation ever since.  Our mission is the preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and archaeological sites through outreach, funding, and advocacy.

Preservation Maryland achieves its mission through an expanding group of core programs.  We provide leadership to a large coalition of individuals and organizations at the state, county, city, and community level that advocate for the causes we support.  We organize more than a dozen events, large and small, which provide information, training, award recognition and professional development to urban and rural historic communities and their leaders.  Each year we select six at-risk historic properties or sites for focused assistance.

We lead Smart Growth Maryland which advocates for state and local policy priorities that direct new public and private investment in housing, commercial development, transportation and public services which will benefit Maryland’s historic and traditional core communities.  We partner with Maryland’s leading historic preservation, environmental conservation and land preservation agencies and organizations to help achieve our Smart Growth mission.

We make flexible grants to support the preservation of Maryland history and historic properties in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, community groups and churches.  We are the philanthropic partner of the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center and we support the advancement of historic trades training which can open pathways to successful careers for young adults and returning veterans. To learn more, visit:

Smart Growth Maryland

Smart Growth Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.

The Smart Growth Maryland program is guided by three main goals:

  1. New development occurs in areas targeted for growth and redevelopment with the infrastructure to support it.
  2. Public and private investment in areas targeted for growth and redevelopment is high-quality, well-planned, and meets the needs of the whole community.
  3. Rural land lost to development, and the pollution and habitat loss associated with that kind of development, are greatly minimized.


This full-time, benefited position is responsible for advocating for plans, legislation, programs, and policies that foster economically vibrant, socially equitable, and environmentally sustainable communities. Leading established local coalitions in key fast-growing counties is the primary duty of the position.

Preservation Maryland provides a generous benefits package including health insurance, retirement fund contributions, vacations, holidays and a flexible work schedule.  Compensation for this position will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Coordinate and facilitate regular meetings of coalitions comprised of local and state organizations that advocate for smart growth in Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, and Howard counties.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for the smart growth coalitions in Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, and Howard counties.
  • Build and maintain relationships with decision makers in the smart growth coalition counties.
  • Review and analyze plans, legislation, programs, and policies for consistency with the principles of smart growth.
  • Prepare position statements and sign-on letters.
  • Represent Smart Growth Maryland in state-level coalitions focused on environmental protection and sustainable transportation.
  • Provide technical assistance to elected officials and advocates seeking smart-growth solutions.
  • Engage in education and outreach to build the constituency for smart growth.
  • Represent Smart Growth Maryland before the media and at meetings and hearings before state and local elected and appointed officials.
  • Assist Preservation Maryland’s Development staff with proposals and reporting to foundation donors, as well as appeals to individual donors.

necessary Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Urban, Regional or Community Planning or a related field is preferred.
  • At least three years of experience in the field of planning or environmental advocacy.
  • Passion for and background in sustainable and smart growth.
  • Robust problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills.
  • Possession of a valid automobile operator’s license and personal vehicle.


Preservation Maryland is an inclusive workplace that affirmatively values diversity in all its forms.  We strongly encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Send your resume and a cover letter summarizing your professional skills, relevant work experience, and interest in smart growth advocacy to: with the subject line: SMART GROWTH.

Please no phone calls.

Selected candidates will be contacted by Preservation Maryland to set up an interview.

The deadline to apply for the position is March 20, 2020.