Executive Director; Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society; Pasadena

The Board of Directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (“NJCHS” or “the Society”) is searching for a new Executive Director.

NJCHS was founded in 1985 to collect, preserve, and present to the legal community and to the public the legal history of the Western United States and the Pacific Islands. The Society regularly obtains the oral histories of prominent judges and lawyers from the region, sponsors exhibits and programs regarding western legal history, and publishes a prominent legal and historical journal entitled Western Legal History.

The Society’s name reflects that it focuses on legal history from the region within the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the U.S. Courts, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. The Society serves over 2,000 NJCHS members, members of the legal profession (including judges and lawyers, historians and court personnel), and the general public.

The Society’s Board of Directors is made up of federal Circuit, District, Magistrate and Bankruptcy Judges and lawyers practicing in the Western United States and the Pacific Islands.

Position Overview

The Executive Director works under the supervision of the Board of Directors to manage the Society, direct its programs and oral history projects, oversee its publications, raise funds and administer its finances and property. The Executive Director serves as ex-officio secretary to the Board of Directors.

Representative Duties

  • Oversees the Society’s financial development, including membership retention and expansion, grant seeking, project contracting, and other fundraising activities.
  • Directs an oral history program of judges, attorneys and court personnel, including recruiting and training volunteer interviewers, identifying and recruiting interview subjects, editing transcripts, maintaining oral history archives and producing finding aids.
  • Oversees the production of the Society’s scholarly journal, Western Legal History and other occasional publications.
  • Oversees the production of exhibits, both temporary and permanent, for display in courthouses and other venues.
  • Oversees outreach to and communication with the Society’s constituencies, including the NJCHS website and the use of social media.
  • Participates in judicial conferences on behalf of the Society, including the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, district court judicial conferences, and other historical society meetings.
  • Provides technical assistance to the courts and personnel of the Ninth Circuit in matters relating to archival preservation, oral history, publishing, exhibits, and historical administration.
  • Administers the Society’s continuing operations, including maintaining its offices and records, managing its finances, fulfilling publication orders, responding to information requests, and interacting with the general public.
  • Supervises the Society’s full-time staff and contract workers.


The Society’s office is currently in the historic Ninth Circuit Courthouse in Pasadena, California.


The Society offers a highly competitive and attractive compensation and benefits package.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact us at njchs2016@fbm.com.

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