Director of Special Projects for the Maine Semiquincentennial Commission

24 Jan 2024 10:44 AM | Anonymous member

Are you looking for a rewarding career with opportunity for advancement? Do you love history and have experience planning and coordinating successful public programs? If you thrive on quality, we want you on our team!!

Apply Now, we offer superior benefits (highlighted below) including: 13 paid holidays, 12 sick days and 3+ weeks vacation to start! 

Job Class Code: 0062; Grade: 27; Salary: $30.05-$40.84
Closing: February 19, 2024

The Maine State Archives is seeking an individual to serve as the Director of Special Projects to be the coordinator of our state’s commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary. This is a limited-period position, which will end by December 31, 2026. 
Stationed within the Maine State Archives and reporting directly to the Maine State Archivist, the Director of Special Projects serves as the staff person for the Maine Semiquincentennial Commission. Under guidance from the Commission, Maine State Archivist, and Maine Secretary of State, the Director will execute the Commission’s goals to plan and coordinate statewide cultural activities for the nation's semiquicentennial in 2026.  The position will travel throughout the state, convene planning meetings, and develop marketing to establish the statewide program of events.

A typical day involves:

  • Serve as administrative staff support for the Maine Semiquincentennial Commission
  • Organize and coordinate committees for programs or projects 
  • Develop and write requests for contractors and consultants, receive bids, and coordinate committees to review/rate bids and award contracts
  • Draft policies, procedures, rules, regulations, programs, and legislation
  • Seek funding for Commission programs and activities
  • Coordinate program planning in communities throughout the state
  • Receive, collect, prepare, and submit reports, documents, and related materials to federal, state, and other agencies to ensure reporting and documentation requirements are met.
  • Develop, coordinate, organize, and present educational materials, workshops, and training seminars 
  • Attend and participate in hearings, meetings, conferences

In order to be successful, you must have:

  • Knowledge of Maine and American history
  • Knowledge of state cultural programs, operations, and services
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations applicable to and/or enforced by the agency
  • Knowledge of budget processes and funding methodologies
  • Knowledge of modern administrative and management theory, principles, and practices
  • Knowledge of the legislative process
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and manage diverse groups of people into effective committees and task forces
  • Ability to monitor and assess efficiency and effectiveness of agency activities
  • Ability to analyze and interpret laws, rules, regulations, and policies
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in agency programs, operations, and services
  • Ability to formulate program and administrative goals, objectives, and plans
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively
  • Ability to prepare and complete reports and documentation
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations, training, and agency position


  • A six (6) year combination of education, training, and/or professional experience in related history and public program coordination and planning. Preference will be given to those with a history degree or equivalent education.

For more information or questions, please contact: or call (207) 624-9012.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes XX% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Tuition Reimbursement - Further your career and your education with tuition reimbursement for job-related courses.
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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