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National Defense University
District of Columbia, United States
$150,701.00 - $180,600.00
Posted date
Jun 29, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Summary of Duties:

The college of International Security Affairs is the Department of Defense flagship institution for the education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare at the strategic level. This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.


  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Provost, National Defense University for education and the building of partnership capacity in combating terrorism and irregular warfare; exercises senior executive direction and leadership over all aspects of the College of International Security Affairs (CISA).
  • Builds and sustains educational partnerships with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict), U.S. Government agencies, international allies and other DoD educational institutions and universities.
  • Responsible for curriculum development and currency, institutional research, course development, and program accreditation.
  • Collaborates with the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict) for the worldwide combating terrorism and irregular warfare education portfolio.
  • Participates with NDU leadership and provides recommendations on appropriate budget and programming activities for CISA.
  • Interacts regularly with NDU counterpart Chancellors and Commandants in support of curriculum development, teaching research, and outreach.
  • Serves as the focal point for all CISA combating terrorism and irregular warfare programs, and interactions with external agencies and conducts direct liaison with OSD and the Joint Staff in coordination with the President, NDU.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel is generally 25% or less for this position

Supervisory status: Yes

Promotion Potential: None

Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen Background or Security Investigation: This is a Special Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with SCI access security determination to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment. Drug Testing: Incumbent(s) of this position are covered by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program. DA Form 5019-R (Condition of Employment for Certain Positions Identified as Critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program) must be signed. Incumbent must pass urinalysis testing as required prior to appointment and periodically thereafter. Financial Disclosure: Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 30 August 1993.


Required Qualifications

  • An earned Master’s Degree in an appropriate field is required from an accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent, an earned Doctorate or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred.
  • Extensive record of executive level leadership and achievement in supervising and managing senior civilians and military personnel.
  • Relevant academic and/or senior professional experience, to include strong record of research and publication, in a field relevant to the mission.
  • Demonstrated success in building teams and leading collaboratively, working effectively with others in a diverse environment; ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with College personnel and representatives of various external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability for innovation, critical thinking, strategic, and analytical skills in leading diverse and agile organizations.
  • Demonstrated successful record of willingness to take and accept risk, leveraging cutting-edge technologies, and leading change within an organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and execute information resources budget and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the university in public
  • Demonstrated ability to act with discretion, maintain confidentiality and professional demeanor at all times and operate with the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of interagency interaction and processes to include experience with the National Security Council (NSC) at some level or capacity.
  • Experience working with Office of the Secretary of Defense at senior leadership level. Policy making and coordination with Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretaries.
  • Familiarity with the budget and resource process within the Department of Defense.

Education Requirement: An earned Master's Degree in an appropriate field is required from an accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent. An earned Doctorate or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred. Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

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 telework.

  • Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
  • Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination
  • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or be exempt from Selective Service (see
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration: If you are a displaced Federal Civil Service employee and attain a rating of at least 90, you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the ICTAP. For more information on ICTAP, click here ICTAP Guidance. NOTE: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are NOT ICTAP eligible.
  • Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at
  • Pay for first time hires to the Federal Government will typically be set at step 1 salary range for their respective grade level.

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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. To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described above. A NDU screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. The following competencies will be examined:

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Building Partnerships
  • Curricula Development
  • Information Technology Acumen
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

You MUST upload a cover letter separate from your resume addressing the following hiring criteria: Factor 1 Leadership: Describe your experience providing leadership, management and strategic direction over a large and complex organization. Describe your strategic level experience in working with cutting edge concepts in senior level leader development, developing leaders of change and innovation, for complex and multi-faceted organizations. Factor 2 Building Partnerships: Provide examples that demonstrate your ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen relations within the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies, Academic Institutions, and/or other non-government organizations. Factor 3 Curricula Development: Indicate your experience supervising and coordinating the design, development, execution, and evaluation of curricula for various institution programs. Factor 4 Combating Terrorism and Irregular Warfare Acumen: Describe your experiencing overseeing a graduate-level institution with significant emphasis on combating terrorism and irregular warfare programs. Factor 5 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Describe how your background has brought and will enhance diversity in the academic program and workplace.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance: Top Secret

Drug test required


Position sensitivity and risk: Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process

National security

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.

Complete Assessment Questionnaire

  1. Cover letter with narrative responses answering hiring criteria questions listed in the "How you will be evaluated" section of this announcement. Failure to submit will result in an ineligible rating.
  2. Other Supporting Documents

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 the 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.


A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. 

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package at:

See required documents below. Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. 1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents. 2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application. 3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. If you are unable to apply online, contact DFAS for information regarding an Alternate Application.

Agency contact information

 HR Customer Care Center

Phone and Email

(317) 212-0454    

National Defense University 300 5th Avenue Bldg. 62 Washington, DC 20319 US

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. ALL eligible applicants will be referred to NDU which will convene a board to review all of the applicants. NDU will contact the applicants directly they would like to interview. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

  • Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

            Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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