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Deputy Director, Virginia Tech National Security Institute

Virginia Tech
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 21, 2021

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Job Description

Virginia Tech is seeking an outstanding leader to become the Deputy Director of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute (NSI). This is an extraordinary opportunity to join the senior leadership team of the newest thematic research institute at Virginia Tech. Reporting to the Executive Director of the NSI, the Deputy Director will have the opportunity to assist in shaping an organization that aspires to be the Nation’s preeminent academic organization for integrated applied research and development, and experiential learning to advance National Security. The successful candidate must be a compelling leader whose passion for the Institute’s research, scholarship, experiential learning, and workforce development missions will energize faculty, students, and staff to focus their efforts on a strategic vision of excellence. The Deputy Director must also be a competent and prudent steward of the Institute, guiding it through internal growth and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as through uncharted change in the sponsored research environment in the years ahead. This individual must be a respected leader who is operationally savvy and highly knowledgeable about cutting-edge research, funding opportunities, and trends and knows what it takes to sustain and build a thriving research enterprise in the field of National Security.

About the Virginia Tech National Security Institute (NSI): The NSI is the newest of three Thematic Research Institutes at Virginia Tech (the other two being the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute). Thematic institutes at Virginia Tech pursue and execute sponsored research and experiential learning programs, and they have deep relationships with sponsors, unique research facilities, and unique talent (typically a combination of research faculty and affiliated tenure-line faculty). The NSI’s mission is to perform interdisciplinary research and provide experiential learning in Blacksburg and the greater Washington DC metropolitan area to strengthen technology, standards, public policy, and the National Security Innovation Base. The objectives of the NSI includes: cultivation of a vibrant ecosystem of industry, government, and academic partners to transition research, knowledge, and talent into sustainable capabilities; and development of the next generation of leaders to strengthen the National Security workforce. It is expected that the NSI builds upon existing strengths, and broaden its reach across the unique array of academic disciplines at Virginia Tech that can contribute to all of the instruments of National Power.

Required Qualifications

• An earned doctorate, or a Masters with significant equivalent experience, in a related area.
• Military, industry, or government leadership experience.
• Bold, innovative, and visionary thought leader with expertise in a technical area of relevance.
• Must possess a distinguished reputation, with a record of recognized achievement.
• Successful track record in National Security research with a depth of experience in either an academic institution or as a renowned practitioner in the field.
• Extensive relationships with relevant federal agencies and industry partners coupled with an understanding of the spectrum of research funding. A direct understanding and keen appreciation for the academic mission of a public institution along with the importance of education, scholarship, workforce development, and shared governance is desired.
• A proven track record of supporting technology innovation, commercialization, and industry partnerships.
• Due to the nature and sensitivity of the position, applicants must be U.S. Citizens and have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the appropriate level and access.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

January 28, 2021

Additional Information

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 Sue Kass at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: December 21, 2021
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