Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs

District of Columbia, United States
$150,701.00 - $179,700.00
Jun 23, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
  • Summary

    National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.

    Learn more about this agency Responsibilities

    1. As the college's senior academic voice, the Dean is responsible for the content and quality of the college's curricula, the currency, relevance and pedagogical innovation of its component courses, programs, and curricula.
    a. Responsible for the quality, consistency, and timely professional delivery of full- and part-time college programs delivered in-residence, through occasionally blended or distance learning. b. Aligns faculty resources as necessary to elevate and sustain academic excellence across Departments and Programs.
    c. Participates in a continuous process to ensure college maintains all civilian and military accreditation standards.
    d. Ensures a University-wide strategic focus for managing all teaching and research resources. e. Oversees the college's academic middle management, including Associate Deans, Department Heads, and Course Directors.
    2. Chairs the College Academic Policy Council (APC) or equivalent body for academic governance and peer review purposes.
    3. Provides academic and faculty leadership for the College. a. Talent Management: Manages full-time, adjunct, subject matter expert, visiting, and contract faculty: 1. Recruitment, selection, and reappointment;
    2. Faculty development, academic promotion, and performance management; and 3. Faculty workloads, schedules and vacations.
    b. Oversees all title 10 hiring actions, promotions, and awards within the component. Ensures component hiring panel members and those in the selection process understand and adhere to EEO and EO practices while protecting merit system principles. c. Ensures uniform application of academic policies and procedures. d. Assigns faculty and staff to college and University-wide working groups. e. Provides substantive input to and implements Memorandum of Agreement governing strategic partnerships. f. Implements rigorous planning and assessment processes to include review of academic policies, processes, and calendars. g. Prepares and/or reviews timely preparation of faculty performance appraisals. h. Coordinates with Dean of Administration to ensure sufficient funding for faculty hiring, educational materials, faculty development, program delivery, and instructional/administrative support for Departments and Programs.
    4. The Dean, leads a rigorous process of planning and assessing the curriculum to ensure: it remains relevant to the national security environment; it is in compliance with Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) requirements in CJCSI 1801.01, as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation requirements; the curriculum appropriately reflects the mission of College; and is pedagogically sound.
    5. Teaches core, concentration, or elective courses, as needed, to maintain contact with College courses, classrooms, and students, and to support delivery of the College curriculum. Teaching is secondary to leadership and academic oversight responsibilities. 6. Maintains currency, expertise, and professional stature in the field through research and publication of scholarly work.
    7. Actively participates in University and component engagement efforts to share learning and scholarship within the college, throughout NDU, and beyond: a. Develops and maintains professional relationships across NDU with critical stakeholders, relevant Government agencies, and universities; b. Supports the NDU VP-AA/Provost and related University committees; and c. Participates in University activities during and outside of normal duty hours. 8. Serves as a Working Group member of the Military Education Coordinating Council (MECC). 9. Performs other duties and/or leads other projects as assigned; occasional travel may be required.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1701 General Education And Training

  • Requirements  Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

    Background or Security Investigation: This is a non-critical sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a non-critical sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment. Must be a U.S. Citizen

    Qualifications To qualify for this position, you must: Must have a doctorate degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive
    professional experience in a relevant area and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continuing
    scholarship, and service contributions within an appropriate field of academic study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred.

    Demonstrated successful record of leadership achievements, innovation and managerial skills. Must have demonstrated successful experience as a department head or as associate dean in an academic institution, or an equivalent leadership position. Must have a proven record for building partnerships and coalitions at similar or larger/more complex organizations. Must have a record of successfully leading change in an organization of similar or larger size or greater complexity. Must have experience developing the organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resources in a continuously changing environment. Experience providing leadership and strategic direction over personnel across complex organizations.
    National War College Dean Only: Specialized experience and education for National War College (NWC): Background and degree in a National Security Studies or related area is strongly preferred. Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education

    Education Requirement: Must have a doctorate degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive professional experience in a relevant area and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continuing scholarship, and service contributions within an appropriate field of academic study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred.

    Additional information

    NDU has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security, and thrift savings; health, life, and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. NDU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute. Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
    Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

    Read more How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel The Assessment Questionnaire collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies: Factor 1: Leadership. Describe your leadership experience in organizational innovation and institutional collaboration, and proven ability to lead, mentor and manage faculty and staff. Leading internal and external engagement in pursuit of institutional and academic excellence. Please provide positions held. Factor 2: Teaching: Describe the number of years and your record of excellence in teaching in a discipline related to national security, planning, joint campaign planning or military planning. Please highlight graduate level teaching experience.
    Factor 3: Policy Development/Implementation: Describe your professional or academic experience in higher education academic administration, planning, joint campaign planning or military planning. Factor 4: Research/Scholarship: Describe your research experience in a related field as demonstrated through curriculum/course development, policy oversight, outreach activities, peer-reviewed scholarship, and/or military doctrinal/posture development; citing evidence of recognition gained within academic or research communities. Factor 5: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Describe how your background has brought and will enhance diversity in the academic program and workplace.


    Read more Background checks and security clearance Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents  Help Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
    2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other Supporting Documents
    4. Cover sheet answering the assessment questions listed in the "How you will be evaluated" section of this announcement.
    The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
    1. SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
    2. If you claim Veteran's Preference: - You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be. - If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
      - If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
    3. Other documents identified in the announcement.
    WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.


    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.