Academic Success Instructor/Scholarship Advisement

West Point: United States Military Academy
New York, United States
$74,702.00 - $97,118.00
Jul 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Position:

The U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY is an academic institution located in the Hudson River Valley, 50 miles from New York City. The historic site is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America. West Point is a self contained city with housing, a Department of Public Works, libraries, hospital, fire department, chapels, and restaurants. Employees have access to Eisenhower Hall Theater, Hudson Valley's performing arts center, and recreational facilities.


Serve as an Instructor in the Center for Enhanced Performance at the United States Military Academy (USMA), teaching three courses geared towards academic success and student development. Serve as the primary instructor, responsible for all administrative duties for the Information Literacy and Critical Thinking course: Develop and revise course content that incorporates principles of college student success, analysis of scholarly research, and evaluation of information sources, critical reading, and reasoning. Serve as an academic excellence instructor conducting individual and/or small group sessions working with diverse student populations. Obtain feedback from instructors on progress of students in meeting educational objectives established by respective academic departments. Develop action plans for students to remediate shortcomings and/or achieve full potential. Maintain counseling records and meeting policy expectations to track progress of students in achievement of goals. Identify cadets with potential to compete for nationally-competitive scholarships, and mentor cadets seeking to engage in opportunities through club, community service, or other academic interests. Serve as the primary administrator for the USMA chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Responsibilities include maintaining all paperwork and records, and coordinating the annual initiation.

More information is located at announcement #BRF210026

Basic Requirement for Reading and Study Skills Instructor:

  1. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) that included or was supplemented by major study in education or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, such as Developmental Education, Psychology, Teaching, Reading Instruction, Literacy Education, or another subject-matter field appropriate to the position. (You must include a copy of your transcripts with your application package.) 


  1. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major in education, or in a subject-matter field appropriate to the position, such as Developmental Education, Psychology, Teaching, Reading Instruction, Literacy Education, or another subject-matter field appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the four-year course of study described above. (You must include a copy of your transcripts with your application package.)

 In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: 

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes the use of instructional techniques and educational principles to effectively instruct and to prepare and administer materials designed to teach reading and study skills. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09). 


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Psychology, Sociology, College Teaching, Higher Education Student affairs and/or administration, or another subject-matter field appropriate to the position. or another subject-matter field appropriate to the position.(You must include a copy of your transcripts with your application package.) 


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%.To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12.Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. (You must include a copy of your transcripts with your application package.) 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills and abilities) in the following five areas: 

  1. Academic Accomplishment: An earned bachelor's degree with a master's degree preferred in Psychology, Sociology, College Teaching, Higher Education Student affairs and/or administration, or another subject-matter field appropriate to the position.
  2. Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation: Experience in curriculum development, program administration, teaching, and assessing college level research for critical thinking and study skills courses.
  3. Counseling: Demonstrated experience advising, counseling and mentoring diverse student populations.
  4. Teaching: Direct experience working with students who are under-prepared and/or high performing for success at the college level.
  5. Scholarship Advisement: Knowledge and experience in writing resumes, personal statements and the process of applying and competing for nationally-competitive scholarships such as Stamps, Truman and Goldwater.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application. For further information, visit: offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Other Information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service You will be required to provide proof of S .Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct deposit of pay is required
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 32 – Training position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government.

 How You Will Be Evaluated

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application package will be made to determine your eligibility, qualifications and quality ranking for this position. Your application package (resume/curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, narrative that addresses each of the six knowledge, skills and abilities, and list of three (3) references including contact information) will be evaluated by a faculty search committee and final selection will be made via interview by the selecting official. 

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation. 

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit a complete Application Package. Application packages must include:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae:
  • Your resume or curriculum vitae may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume or curriculum vitae includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this position.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
  • Academic Transcripts:
  • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. If selected, official college or university transcript will be required. See: Transcripts and Licenses
  • Narrative that addresses each of the five knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) listed above.
  • Please include a brief narrative that addresses each knowledge, skill and ability, and your experience/qualification in meeting each.
  • This is NOT a Cover Letter. Please include a separate document addressing the KSA's.
  • List of Three (3) References:
  • Please include a list of three (3) references and their phone number, email, and relationship to the applicant.


Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:

  1. You MUST submit documents verifying your veteran's preference or military spouse preference if you are claiming these These documents may include, but are not limited to: for military spouse preference claims, Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders and marriage certificate; for veteran's preference claims, DD-214 (which indicates character of service),SF-15, VA Letter as applicable and/or Activation/ Deactivation orders.
  2. If you are currently serving on active duty: A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal If you supply a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD-214 (Member 4Copy) upon separation from the military. For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:

 If you fail to provide the required documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further. 

Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration. 

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

How To Apply:

To apply for this position, refer to announcement #BRF210026

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 07/21/2021 to receive consideration. Application packages must include:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae;.Academic Transcripts;
  2. Narrative addressing each of the five knowledge, skills and abilities;
  3. List of Three (3) References;
  4. DD-214, if claiming veteran's preference;
  5. Statement of service from your unit, if currently serving on active duty; and,
  6. Copy of Sponsor's Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders and marriage certificate, if claiming military spouse 


In order to receive full consideration, applications should be postmarked or received by the closing date of this announcement. Submit your complete application package to the following:

United States Military Academy

Center for Enhanced Performance

Attention: Ms. Lori Houlihan

758 Cullum Road, Jefferson Hall, Room 164

West Point, NY 10996


Email (preferred method):

Next Steps

Requests for further information may be submitted to:

 Mrs. Lori Houlihan

United States Military Academy

Center for Enhanced Performance

758 Cullum Road, Jefferson Hall, Room 164

West Point, NY 10996

Phone: 845-938-4288




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