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
- Responsible for curriculum development and currency,
institutional research, course development, and program
- 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
- 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.
25% or less - Travel is generally 25% or less for this
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.
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrated ability for innovation, critical thinking,
strategic, and analytical skills in leading diverse and agile
- 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
- 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
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 http://www.ssa.gov/).
- 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 https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/140025/1400.25-V300.pdf.)
- Pay for first time hires to the Federal Government will
typically be set at step 1 salary range for their respective grade
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:
- 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
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk:
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk
Trust determination process
You must provide a complete Application Package which
Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine
Complete Assessment Questionnaire
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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: https://www.usajobs.gov/.
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
Agency contact information
HR Customer Care Center
Phone and Email
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.
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Please read the following guidance.
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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.
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Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during
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