The Federal Judicial Center - Director of the Federal Judicial History Office

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
Full Time


The Center seeks an accomplished historian to fill a senior position as director of its Federal Judicial History Office. The director is responsible for developing and carrying out programs in furtherance of the Center's statutory mandate to "conduct, coordinate, and encourage programs relating to the history of the judicial branch of the United States government."
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The director of the history office works under the supervision of the Center's director and deputy director and manages a small staff of professional historians. The director of the history office is a member of the Center's senior staff and is responsible for contributing to decisions and initiatives across the Center.

Major Duties
  • Develop programs and resources that provide the federal courts, scholars, educators, and the general public with access to the history of the judicial branch of government;
  • Develop historical resources for publication and for presentation on the Federal Judicial Center's websites;
  • Maintain the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges and other on-line reference sources related to the history of the federal courts;
  • Develop and maintain guides to research in the history of the federal courts;
  • Work with federal judges and court staff to support history programs in the courts; and
  • Consult with federal judges about the disposition of chambers papers.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen, subject to the exceptions enumerated at .
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • Relatives of Center staff members may not be employed at the Center in any capacity.
  • All requirements must be met for full consideration.


  • Ph.D. in History;
  • Record of scholarly publications;
  • Excellent communication, writing, and editorial skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse constituencies;
  • Excellent managerial and supervisory skills; and
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the independence of the federal judiciary.


  • Ph.D. in History.

Additional information

This position falls in the FJC's payband VI which has a salary range of $124,014 - $194,028. The starting salary for this position will be $167,000. If the successful internal candidate is earning less than the starting salary, his/her salary will be brought up to the starting salary. If a successful internal candidate's current salary falls above the starting salary, that salary will be matched up to the payband VI maximum salary.

Federal government benefits are applicable. An array of supplemental benefits are also offered including a transportation subsidy and a flexible benefit program allowing for pre-tax deductions for health insurance, health care, dependent care, and commuter expenses. The FJC is located in the Thurgood Marshall Building, conveniently situated to public transportation directly beside Union Station. The Marshall Building houses a child development center and a health fitness facility for its tenants.

This position does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive civil service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Selected applicants will be evaluated based upon the question responses provided during a structured interview.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please see the "How to Apply" section.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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