Assistant or Associate Director of Presidential Studies
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

The University of Virginia's Miller Center seeks an ASSISTANT or ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES (depending on experience) to work closely with the Director of Presidential Studies to develop and implement the overall strategy and manage day-to-day operations of the Center's flagship programs in Presidential Studies. The Assistant or Associate Director develops and implements initiatives that further the mission of the Center, providing budgetary and administrative oversight, directly coordinating and scheduling presidential studies events both on and off site, and working with faculty in fulfilling the Center's research agenda. The Assistant or Associate Director manages one full-time coordinator and manages student engagement in Miller Center programs and events.


Administer and manage day-to-day operations of Presidential Studies programs

  • Support Director of Presidential Studies in general administrative tasks and in managing research agendas and related initiatives

  • Supervise Faculty and Program Coordinator who oversees administrative support for events, faculty engagement, recruitment of endowed chair holders and senior fellows, and special projects

  • Develop budgets for programs, conferences, and events

  • Develop agendas for faculty and senior fellow meetings

  • Serve as primary point of contact for Presidential Studies within the Miller Center, actively participating in meetings on behalf of Presidential Studies and supervising the development of reports to the Miller Center Governing Council

Develop and support student engagement efforts

  • Manage student summer internship program, recruiting, screening, and placing student interns externally in governmental agencies and internally in the Miller Center and other University units

  • Creatively enhance opportunities for students to learn about and become involved with the Miller Center

  • Serve as liaison between the Miller Center and University student groups

Manage and support special programming and events

  • Serve as program manager for Democracy Dialogues, in conjunction with the University Office of the President and Karsh Institute of Democracy

  • Work closely with Miller Center Director and CEO on program planning and special events

  • Manage other special events, conferences, and workshops as needed

Embrace other opportunities

  • Act as point of contact for external partners interested in or related to Presidential Studies

  • Contribute original content and/or edit scholarly material for publication, on occasion

  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Master's degree required, Ph.D. preferred, preferably in U.S. history, political science, law, or a related field

  • To be considered at the Assistant level, five years of experience is required. To be considered at the Associate level, seven years of experience is required. Preference will be given to candidate with experience academic operations, program development, and/or student programs. Experience may include full-time employment and/or internships, externships, shadowing, volunteering, employment as a student worker, part-time or summer jobs, experience attained during a Ph.D. program, and similar activities in which skills that are relevant to the work of the position are developed.

  • Experience working with university faculty and supervising staff, preferred

  • Demonstrated interest in American politics, public policy, history, and/or international affairs, required

  • Demonstrated interest in public affairs scholarship, including applying academic research for public audiences through venues such as public affairs journals, op-eds, policy white papers, or policy memos, preferred

  • Ability to communicate effectively, in both oral and written communications, required

  • Ability to conceive, plan, coordinate, and promote events and enhance academic initiatives, required

  • Ability to work with faculty and staff, meet deadlines, and handle multiple tasks daily, required

  • Ability to exercise good judgment, required

  • Ability to develop and follow budgets, required

  • Ability to compile, synthesize, and present content-heavy and specialized information for various audiences, required

  • Ability to set a standard and inspire others to follow in attention to detail, understanding of how components fit together, and manner of relating to guests participating in programs and events, required

  • Ability to handle competing priorities, including competing components of the position, required

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively towards common goals, required

  • Ability to uphold the values of the Miller Center's faculty and staff, required

Organizational Background

Established in 1975 through a generous gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Burkett Miller, the Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history. It strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges.

The Miller Center is a supportive community, grounded in diverse perspectives. Its faculty and staff value scholarly excellence, civil discourse, and respectful conduct.

Physical Demands

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings and programs.

Additional Position Information

Currently, the Miller Center is a hybrid working environment due to Covid-19 protocols. Upon the University's and the Miller Center's reevaluation of return to Grounds, the Miller Center will become primarily an in-person working environment, with occasional opportunities to work from home.

This is a restricted position which extends through June 16, 2024. Renewal is possible, subject to performance, availability of funds, and need. This position will remain open until filled. For questions about the application process please contact Ashley Cochran, Senior Academic Recruiter,

To Apply

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0038073. Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover letter

  • Three (3) writing samples - samples of past work that are relevant to this role or on a related subject matter

All documents may be loaded into the resume submission field; multiple documents may be submitted into this one field.

**Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.**

References will be completed via UVA's standardized process, Skill Survey. References will be requested during the final phase of the interview process.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This position will require education verification.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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