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Director, Defense Civilian Training Corps

Job Description

The Virginia Tech National Security Institute (VT NSI) is seeking a Director of Virginia Tech’s Defense Civilian Training Corps. The Director will have two primary roles, 1) Lead planning and execution of Defense Civilian Training Corps activities, and 2) Provide leadership and develop workforce development programs at the Virginia Tech Hume Center. In the later capacity, the Director will work closely with the Associate Director of Education and Outreach to ensure that the Virginia Tech Hume Center continues to achieve is mission of developing the next generation of national security leaders.
The Defense Civilian Training Corps is a congressionally-mandated talent development program that provides a multidisciplinary, active-learning curriculum with summer internship projects at DoD organizations. DCTC is a highly selective pilot program that provides a 100% tuition scholarship and prepares scholars for a direct pathway into DoD acquisition-related careers. The Director will lead the DCTC program at Virginia Tech and work jointly with the DCTC Coalition to develop cross-University programs aimed at increasing the DoD civilian talent and workforce capacity to meet DOD needs. The Director will work with DCTC central governance teams and other DCTC universities to develop programs that include experiential learning, internships, scholarships, curriculum development, and applied research. The Director will work closely with Department of Defense Leadership to pilot new aspects of the DCTC program at Virginia Tech and inform the development formalizing the DoD’s approach to DCTC. The Director position is a full-time faculty position funded by a DOD workforce development program.
The Director will be located within VTNSI, but work closely with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC). VTCC and VT NSI are working collaboratively in the DCTC program to support the development of the next generation of national security leaders. The mission of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is to graduate leaders of exemplary character who are instilled with the values and skills essential for leadership success in service to the nation. The mission of the VT NSI is to meet the pressing needs of the defense and intelligence communities by developing their future workforce and advancing interdisciplinary research, technology, and policy. The Director will work to develop and enhance existing experiential learning programs within the VT NSI and the Corps of Cadets in the course of executing the DCTC program.
The remainder of the Director’s time will be dedicated to building and enhancing workforce development programs for the Hume Center at VT NSI. The Hume Center leads the Virginia Tech National Security Institute's education programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity, autonomy, and resilience for the national security community. Educational programs provide mentorship, internship, scholarship, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal and industry service.

Required Qualifications

- An earned M.S. in Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Psychology, Political Science, National Security Affairs, Business, Management, or a closely related field.
- US Citizen
- Ability to obtain a security clearance
- Demonstrated excellence in education, training, and/or research or evidence of high potential for such excellence
- Prior experience in Department of Defense civilian work force at GS-14 or higher (or equivalent) or military service at the rank of O-5 or higher
- Effective communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

- Active TS/SCI Clearance
- Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines and Universities;
- Experience in working with students including overseeing student internships or service-learning activities; interest or experience in mentoring students, both undergraduate or graduate
- Experience coordinating and/or organizing and running experiential learning programs
- Interest or experience working effectively with a diverse student population

Appointment Type


Salary Information

125,000 - 175,000

Review Date


Additional Information

Due to the nature of our work, all applicants must be US citizens.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jesse Lippard at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: December 18, 2023
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