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The White House Historical Association is seeking a White House Historian to join the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History in Washington, D.C. This is a full-time staff position and reports to the Senior Vice President of Educational Resources/Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History.


Duties will include developing and writing original content on historical topics relevant to the history of the White House, including articles for the Association’s website and publications, as well as its social media platforms. Additionally, s/he will create content for exhibitions and public programs, collaborate with the publications department on journal and book projects, and participate in coordinating the social media calendar.

In addition to these responsibilities, the White House Historian will engage with outside cultural heritage institutions, participate in frequently scheduled press interviews, as well as interact with WHHA stakeholders and the general public. S/he will also serve as a spokesperson for the Association’s historical initiatives, outreach, and mission.


  • Master’s degree in American history or related field required; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Extensive public speaking experience, including with national media outlets.
  • Demonstrated experience working with other scholars on collaborative projects.
  • Superior research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Ability to work on highly specialized topics for experts, but also to convey such knowledge to myriad audiences.
  • Familiarity with digital technologies, tools, and platforms.

The White House Historical Association is a nonprofit educational association founded in 1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. All proceeds from the sale of the Association’s books and products are used to fund the acquisition of historic furnishings and art work for the permanent White House collection, assist in the preservation of public rooms, and further its educational mission.

How to Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter describing your relevant experiences, a resume including the names and contact information of three references, and a 5-10 page writing sample together in a single Word document or PDF to by Monday, December 31, 2018. The White House Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.