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Do you have what it takes to be ADST’s next President?


The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training ( is looking for a dynamic, innovative person to serve as its next President and take the organization to the next level in its development.

The President is the Chief Executive Officer for ADST, a small, 501(c)(3) non-profit. Located at the State Department’s George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, ADST advances understanding of American diplomacy and supports training of foreign affairs personnel through a variety of programs, publications, and activities.

ADST’s governing body is the Board of Directors, which meets three times a year and to which the President reports.

For more than 30 years, ADST has captured the horrifying, thought-provoking, and the absurd aspects of Foreign Service life. Its extensive collection of diplomatic oral histories is the world’s largest and is also archived at the Library of Congress.




Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversees a staff of five, including professionals responsible for the oral history and publications program and a part-time office administrator, as well as one FSO on a one-year detail who serves as Executive Director and who supervises ADST’s vibrant internship program.

  • Working with the Board of Directors, will develop a much-needed campaign on fundraising, including finding and cultivating new private sector donors.


  • Handles outreach to FSI, universities, and others interested in diplomatic history through presentations, networking, and social media. Will collaborate with the new Diplomacy Center to integrate ADST’s oral histories into its exhibits and look for ways ADST’s products can be further incorporated into college coursework.

    • Enhances ADST’s profile on the Internet by searching for new platforms, websites, and opportunities where ADST can be highlighted.

    Candidates must be familiar with the workings of the State Department, be willing to serve for at least three years, and have extensive contacts within the foreign affairs community and with private sector and government contractors or be able to develop them.

    They must have an entrepreneurial spirit and an appreciation for U.S. diplomatic history. A background in social media and WordPress website content management as well as experience with non-profits are a plus.

    Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to [email protected] before September 9. Qualified candidates will be contacted to arrange an in-person interview.