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Visiting Research Associate in Presidential Studies

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia seeks a VISITING RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES to transcribe and analyze the White House tapes made by Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. This position will report to the Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program and will work in support of the publication of Johnson and Nixon transcripts by the University of Virginia Press and its digital imprint, Rotunda. It will also support the writing and publication of interpretive scholarship based on the presidential recordings.

The Visiting Research Associate will work on-site at the Miller Center as part of a team of scholars transcribing and analyzing the White House tapes. This position is for one year, with the possibility of renewal, subject to the availability of funding, programmatic and Center needs, and performance by the incumbent. Preferred start date is on or before September 1, 2015. Position is open until filled.



Viable candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Significant and demonstrated knowledge of modern American political history, particularly of the period of the 1960s and 1970s, required
  • Demonstrated familiarity and comfort in working with digital technologies, required
  • Attention to detail and the ability to devote extended hours to meticulous work, required
  • Ability to be in residence at the Miller Center for the term of the appointment, required
  • PhD, or its equivalent, required, preferably in Modern American History or Modern American Politics or a closely-related field
  • Experience working with university faculty and/or within a university environment, preferred

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 to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance challenges. The Miller Center is committed to the examination of significant public policy issues in a manner that encourages civil debate and engagement.

The University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, is one of the top public universities in the nation. It is located in Charlottesville, 120 miles from Washington, D.C. The University's Rotunda and "academical village" are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historic homes of three presidents are nearby: Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier and James Monroe's Ashlawn-Highland. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville is frequently cited as one of the best places to live and work in the United States.


Application Instructions

To apply, visit, search posting 0616567, complete a candidate profile and attach a cover letter, CV, contact information for three professional references, statement of research interest, and writing sample (book chapter, article, op-ed, etc.).


The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Managing Editor

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia seeks a MANAGING EDITOR to oversee the development and dissemination of digital and print content and communications for the Center. This new position, a vital part of the Center's management team, will help the Center jump to a new level of visibility and relevance. This is a position for someone who is dynamic, thoughtful, and energized by ambitious goals and challenges.

The Managing Editor will report directly to the Director and CEO and supervise the web and communications teams and editorial elements of video production services. The Managing Editor will need to establish a deep understanding of all Miller Center programs quickly and develop and maintain communication goals and objectives that ensure consistent messaging, integrated approaches, and innovative strategies in promoting the Center.

The Managing Editor will be familiar with presidential history and today's digital story-telling and social media environment and will have a passion for both.

To apply visit, search posting #0616297, complete a candidate profile and attach a cover letter, CV, contact information for three professional references, and writing sample. Priority consideration of applications will begin on May 10, 2015.

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Director of Major and Planned Gifts

The Miller Center Foundation, the 501(c)(3) supporting arm of the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, seeks a talented, experienced, and energetic development professional to serve as the Director of Major and Planned Gifts. Working closely with the Miller Center Foundation team, the Director of Major and Planned Gifts will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of major prospects/donors as well as the development of a more sophisticated and robust planned giving program. With the University gearing up for their bi-centennial campaign, the Director will be indispensable for the planning and execution of the Miller Center’s individual campaign strategy and goals. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; at least five years of experience in frontline fundraising, estate planning and/or a closely related field; and strong oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate also will have exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to develop collaborative relationships with members of various constituencies, including Miller Center faculty and staff, the Miller Center’s governing council, and the University of Virginia Advancement Office. The successful candidate must be motivated by a team-oriented and collaborative environment and have an interest in and passion for the mission of the Miller Center.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references by e-mail to:, Subject Line: Major/Planned Gifts Position.

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