Presidential Search Begins

National Judicial College

The search has commenced for the next president and chief executive officer of The National Judicial College, the nation’s most influential institute for the continued education of judges.

The formal posting appears below. All inquiries should be directed to Ken Young at the search firm of Young Mayden, LLC at or (704) 366-8546.

The next CEO will succeed President Chad C. Schmucker, who announced his intention to retire last September.

A former Michigan judge and state court administrator, Schmucker served the College for three years as president. During his tenure, the NJC expanded its web-based programs and courses across the country, allowing for more accessible and affordable education for judges. He also led the College back to pre-recession enrollment numbers. In 2016 he received the Chief Justice Richard W. Holmes Award of Merit from the American Judges Association.



The National Judicial College (NJC) in Reno, Nevada seeks a President/Chief Executive Officer. Responsibilities are to provide overall leadership, management, and resource development for the NJC. The President/CEO also: (1) provides direction to senior management including oversight of all educational, financial, fundraising, and marketing efforts; (2) acts as primary spokesperson at local, state, national and international meetings, entities, and organizations; (3) serves as the NJC representative to judicial, legal, government, justice system improvement organizations and other organizations; and (4) maintains communication with the NJC Board of Trustees and provides periodic status reports and executes policy as directed by the Board.


  • Law Degree
  • Experience as (1) a judicial officer or (2) a position of consequence within the judicial/justice/education system
  • Willingness & ability to travel
  • Problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a position of leadership
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in fundraising & relationship development
  • Willingness to reside in Reno, NV area
  • Willingness to commit at least five years to the position

The National Judicial College is a 501(c)(3) non-profit equal opportunity employer. Salary is negotiable, commensurate with experience, and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

Click here for the full position description. 


Young Mayden, LLC, a legal search firm with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee, is coordinating the search with the NJC Search Committee. All inquiries and submissions should be directed to Ken Young at

This is an electronic only submission process. Be prepared to attach a cover letter and complete resumé listing all employment and college/university education including start/end dates, contact email/phone numbers, major/minor focus and certificates/degrees earned, and personal (2) and professional (3) references. The cover letter should specifically address why the candidate meets the position description.

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