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Chair, Strategy and Policy Department

Naval War College
Newport, Rhode Island
Posted Date
Aug 16, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Full Time
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The President, U.S. Naval War College, invites applications for the position of Chair, Strategy and
Policy Department.
The U.S. Naval War College. The Naval War College is a Professional Military Education (PME)
institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. U.S. and selected
international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or
Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. The
College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective,
critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders
and policy makers. The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions;
supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and
leadership throughout the force. We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic,
demographic, and professional backgrounds. More information on the college can be found at
The Strategy and Policy Department. The Strategy and Policy Department educates strategically
minded, critical thinking, ethical leaders capable of effectively communicating sound decision
making in the joint, interagency, and multinational environments. The strategy courses are rigorous
and challenging, designed to educate students to think strategically in a disciplined, analytical, and
original manner in preparation for leadership positions. Students master the meaning of a wide
range of strategic concepts. With intensive reading and seminar requirements, students undertake
in-depth assessments of case studies involving all types of wars, critically analyzing decision
making by strategic leaders.
Duties and Responsibilities. The Chair of the Strategy and Policy Department, working under the
supervision of the Dean of Academics, provides leadership for all aspects of the Department’s
operations including: curriculum development; academic outreach; engagement with the wider
civilian and PME academic world; and faculty recruitment, retention, and development. The Chair
oversees the preparation, review, management, and execution of the Department’s annual budget.
The Chair is responsible for working closely with the College’s leadership, fostering and
maintaining cooperative relationships with other departments and programs, and encouraging
seamless integration across College departments.
Qualifications. The President seeks candidates who are successful, proven leaders in the academic
world. An earned Ph.D. in one of the following fields: international relations, international security
affairs, regional studies, war studies, diplomatic and international history, naval or military history
or a related field is required. Extensive teaching experience is also required. The successful
candidate must have a distinguished record of scholarly excellence and have a strong background in
teaching at the graduate level or in professional military education, excellent communication and
interpersonal skills, demonstrated experience leading and managing a diverse group of faculty. A
highly desirable candidate should have strong team building skills and experience in developing
innovative approaches to curriculum and teaching methodology.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance
at the SECRET level.
Appointment. The appointment is governed by provisions of 10 USC 8748 as delegated by the
Secretary of the Navy, and the regulations of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that apply
to “Excepted” appointments under Schedule A. For the successful candidate, the initial term of
appointment is expected to be four years in length with provision for renewal dependent on
performance. Expected start date is no later than July 1, 2023.
Salary. Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package
that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation
and sick leave, and other benefits. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and
credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule.
Applications. Applicants must reference VA#NWC-22-22 and forward their application package
to: The application package must include: (1) cover letter and (2)
curriculum vitae (with names and contact information for three references). Applications will be
accepted until 11:59 pm (EST) September 12, 2022.
Questions about the position or the institution should be emailed to:
To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be
supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal
Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement
Safer Federal Workforce Task Force 2 pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal
job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against
COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal
agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the
purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking,
physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran’s
preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans
preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must
include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g.,
DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.
Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference
must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and
supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types
of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of
Personnel Management Website at
Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180
days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5
United States Code 3326.
The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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