Chair, Department of National Security and Strategy

U.S. Army War College
Pennsylvania, United States
$125,720.00 - $147,312.00
Oct 15, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


Job Announcement: Chair, Department of National Security and Strategy

U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA

The U.S. Army War College seeks a civilian or military Chair for the Department of National Security and Strategy within the School of Strategic Landpower. The Department is comprised of a rich mix of military and civilian educators, senior military strategists, and interagency partners. The School educates the top echelon of U.S. military officers of all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from up to 80 foreign countries yearly. It develops strategic leaders by providing a rigorous curricula of theoretical and professional subjects. Student and faculty research routinely provides policy relevant scholarship and advances professional expertise in landpower and other aspects of national security. The mission of the USAWC is to enhance national and global security by developing ideas and educating U.S. and international leaders to serve and lead at the strategic-enterprise level.

The Department Chair should be a leader who can translate vision into innovative and highly effective educational programs while building strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administration. Important attributes for this position are the ability to identify talent, manage the operations of an academic department responsible for graduate level education, provide skillful leadership to a diverse group of faculty, and oversee a wide range of academic programs. The successful candidate must have a record of program innovation, experience in building high-functioning teams, and possess exceptional leadership skills.

Date of availability is 1 April, however latest start date is 15 June 2021.

For civilians this is a term employment appointment of up to three years, the first year of which may be probationary. Salary range is $125,720 to $147,312 per year.

Duties: Lead the Department of National Security and Strategy consisting of 14 senior military officers, 13 Title 10 civilians, 5 US Government agency representatives, 1 Visiting Professor, and 4 administrative staff members. Develop and supervise the execution of a graduate-level core curricula focusing on theories of war and strategy and US national security policy and strategy in a Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental and Multinational environment; the Regional Studies Program; the National Security Policy Program; and the Eisenhower Series College Program. Supervise the design and implementation of the Washington, DC, national security staff ride, and the National Security Seminar--both annual events. Oversee and direct a relevant, highly valued electives program including the Advanced Regional Studies Program. Promote department interests in support of USAWC educational objectives. Recruit and develop a talented and diverse faculty and staff. Develop and manage an annual budget. Actively participate in college-wide administrative requirements as determined by USAWC leadership.

Conditions of Employment

Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

Must comply with the Drug Test Program requirements (pre-employment and randomly after appointment).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

Applicants will be rated based on the criteria listed below by a panel of subject matter experts appointed for the purpose of identifying the best-qualified candidates.

1. Strong leadership skills, especially proven leadership in academic organizations.

2. Graduate degree in political science, international security studies, government, history, economics, regional studies, law or other fields related to national security. Substantial preference will be given to candidates with an earned doctorate.

3. Demonstrated expertise and experience in national security affairs and military strategy. Substantial preference will be given to candidates with superb academic credentials and high-level practitioner experience.

4. Active involvement in relevant professional organizations.

5. A record of superlative teaching national security and strategy courses at the graduate (or senior service college) level, including: designing and executing curricula, supervising graduate-level research and success in obtaining research grants.

6. Strong written and verbal communication skills, as demonstrated by publication of books and articles, conference presentations, lectures, interpersonal relations, etc.

How to apply:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package which includes the items listed below.

Applications must be received no later than 2359hrs on 6 November 2020.

Army network servers have an overall limit of 10 MB per email. To ensure delivery of your application, we recommend that applicants limit overall email size to no more than 5-8 MB. You may send documents in several emails to reduce overall size.

Your application should include the following:

1. Letter of application addressing the required KSAs and other qualifications.

2. Curriculum vitae or résumé.

3. Proof of U.S. citizenship.

4. One sample of written scholarship not to exceed 50 pages

5. Academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level). Unofficial transcripts are required with your application submission. You must provide official college transcripts upon request.

6. List of four disinterested professional references (i.e., persons who can affirm the candidate's qualifications but have no stake in the outcome of the selection).

7. A short narrative of one page or less that describes how you would contribute to an atmosphere of diversity at the U.S. Army War College through teaching, scholarship, and/or service.

This position may be filled by either a civilian or a military officer in the grade of Colonel/Captain (O-6). Officers from all Services will be considered. Reserve component officers may be considered if there is no funding requirement.

For details on a civilian appointment please refer to the official job announcement found at Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Email applications for a civilian appointment to

Email applications for a military appointment to Dr. David Dworak at

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.