Deputy Director

Washington, D.C
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time


This Deputy Director position is located in the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy (HAPP) Program. HAPP focuses on the relationship between history & policy making and seeks to foster open, informed & non-partisan dialogue on historically relevant issues. Please visit the HAPP's website for additional information about the program and its main research components.

Applicants are highly encouraged to read the entire vacancy announcement prior to applying.

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  • Collaborates closely with the Program Director in defining and implementing overall strategic/programmatic goals of the History and Public Policy (HAPP) Program.
  • Oversees the planning and execution of HAPP's conferences, seminars, and other events.
  • Chairs, plans and sets-up HAPP public events including meetings and seminars.
  • Conducts original research on international history for publication as it relates to HAPP's program initiatives.
  • Develops new and existing research initiatives.
  • Exercises editorial control and oversight of Program publications, including the Digital Archive, the Sources and Methods blog, Working Papers, etc.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for foundational relations and collaborates with the Program Director in cultivating partnerships with stakeholders.
  • Provides technical and administrative direction to staff and ensures proper distribution of workload.
  • Resolves work problems presented by subordinate and recommends or implements ways to improve productivity in the team.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
13 - .


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • May be required to complete a probationary period.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit.
  • You must have a valid social security number to apply.

All Qualifications criteria must be met by the closing date of announcement.


To minimally qualify for this position, applicants must meet the two criteria below:

I. Basic Requirement in A, B, or C below:
A. Degree: Behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; for example, international relations or political science. (Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study with at least 24 semester hours of behavioral or social science courses); or
B. Combination of education and experience that provides knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or
C. Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

II. Specialized Experience described below:

Specialized Experience: One full-time year (12-months) of specialized experience at, or equivalent to Grade 12 (relative to federal and market standards): (1) conducting original research in international history for publication; (2). managing and promoting programmatic initiatives to the public; (3). developing, cultivating, and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders; (4). conducting program evaluation to recommend changes and/or improvements; and (5). leading teams and providing work and performance feedback.

Note: The "relative market standards" is defined based on the knowledge required to do the work, complexity of the work performed, independence in conducting the work, and regular/recurring contacts.

An advanced degree in (i.e., PhD) in history or political science is highly desirable.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see .

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at .

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement.

Qualifying applications will be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Gold (Best Qualified)
2. Silver
3. Bronze

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be evaluated to ensure that the Specialized Experience and other eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the résumé and supplemental documents submitted.

You will be rated based on the following competencies:
  • History Research and Publications
  • Program Evaluation and Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Partnerships and Outreach
  • Leadership Skills

  • Note: Additional assessment/s may be included as part of the application, which may include, but not limited to, providing a writing sample, a timed writing assessment and/or a panel interview.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required:
    • A Résumé showing relevant experience including hours worked per week and month/year dates of employment.
    • Cover letter addressing your interest to the position.
    • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire completed online.
    • An unofficial transcript (if you are using your education to meet the basic requirement).

    Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been submitted.

    Note: If selected for the position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide your official transcripts (and other documents from an accredited credentialing agency for foreign academic credentials). You will be responsible for any cost associated in obtaining the documents.

    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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