Diplomacy Center Foundation- Historian

Job Position: 
Historian for U. S. Diplomacy Center
Academic Organization: 
Diplomacy Center Foundation

Diplomacy Center Foundation
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Historian for U. S. Diplomacy Center

The Diplomacy Center Foundation (DCF) is seeking an innovative professional with a proven track record in the field of American Diplomatic History.

Organizational Profile:  Located in Washington, D.C., the Diplomacy Center Foundation is a nonprofit organization, which is participating in a public-private enterprise to build and support a new American Diplomacy Center and Museum, scheduled to open to the public by 2018.  It is the first institution of its kind in the world, and will be located at the U.S. Department of State in the Foggy Bottom section of Washington, D.C. near the National Mall with its museums and national memorials.  The Department of State (public sector) and the DCF (private sector) are partners in building the Center.

Job Profile:  We seek a Historian to research, analyze, interpret and help to present the 240-year story of American Diplomacy to the public.  The Center will present American diplomacy to the public in dynamic state-of-the-art exhibits and educational outreach programs backed by a clear, concise history that provides our audiences (high schools, universities, foreign policy groups, and the public) with experiences that engage, teach and reveal information about American Diplomacy in exciting, informative ways.

We encourage freedom and creativity, to bring American diplomacy alive for a wide audience and make the Center an exciting and memorable educational experience for our visitors.  The Department of State is highly respected among international diplomats for its skill in the practice of diplomacy and is considered one of the top five most interesting places to work by federal employees.  It is consistently listed in the top half-dozen places to work by college graduates who are entering the federal workforce. 

Position Responsibilities: The Historian will:

-- Be part of a team that will develop the historical storyline, exhibits and programs of the Center;

-- Review materials used for historical accuracy and relevance;

-- Research historical images and artifacts;

-- Work on major events in diplomatic history showing historical connections and causality;

-- Engage in extensive research and writing on historical topics for exhibits, educational    outreach, and public lectures and presentations on American diplomacy;

-- Compile and organize data and work in sharable formats.

Candidate Requirements:  Must have Ph.D. in American History, Diplomatic History or a related field, four years of experience teaching, and preferably some work in museums or educational outreach.

Must have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, organizational, and time management skills, and creative and analytical approaches to projects.

Compensation:  DCF offers attractive compensation commensurate with experience, qualifications and verifiable salary history.  DCF encourages men and women from diverse backgrounds and cultures to apply.  DCF is an EO/EA/AA employer.

Nominations and Applications:  Please email resumes, a statement of interest, a list of any publications and 3 (three) references to Robert Heath, DCF Executive Director at: [email protected]  or  [email protected]

Background on the U.S. Diplomacy Center:  The United States Diplomacy Center (USDC) will be an exciting museum and educational venue for all our citizens, and will foster a greater understanding of the critical role diplomacy plays as out first line of defense.  In addition to American diplomatic history, practices, and challenges, the Center will explore American values, which underpin our diplomacy’s goals of security, prosperity, peace, freedom, and democracy.  Groundbreaking for the 40,000 square foot Center was celebrated on September 3, 2014.

Education is the core of the Center’s mission, reaching out across the country through modern technology to schools, colleges, universities, and to the public.  Filled with interactive state-of-the-art exhibits, the USDC will present immersive educational programs and be the first museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy.  Using ambassadors and diplomats and their experiences, it will conduct forums, conferences, colloquia, and true-to-life simulations explaining American diplomatic practices required for America’s success in the 21st century.  For details on the Center see:  diplomacy.state.gov

Diplomacy Center Foundation:  In April 2015, Amb. Thomas E. McNamara (ret) became President  & CEO of the DCF.   For more details see: DiplomacyCenterFoundation.org