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Jun 17 2022

Administrative Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs

National Defense University Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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NDU seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the next Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs for CIC. The Dean reports to the CIC Chancellor and is responsible to the VP-AA/Provost for the management and governance of the college’s academic programs to fully realize its mission.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.


The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs is the principal academic and policy adviser to the CIC Chancellor and VP-AA/Provost on all matters pertaining to the CIC curriculum, accreditation, and faculty. The dean provides the leadership, creativity, and expertise necessary to accomplish University-wide and college level: strategic and operational academic program planning and assessment; development and documentation of required academic policies, guidance, and processes; academic program oversight; academic innovation; and advancing excellence in research, teaching, and service. The dean is directly responsible for the recruitment, retention, evaluation, promotion, and development of college faculty.

The Dean, in collaboration with the CIC Chancellor, is responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of the CIC strategic plan and provides leadership in creating a college environment that is supportive to faculty and students. The dean ensures a comprehensive oversight and assessment program to deliver an innovative, high quality, graduate-level academic program. The dean will be responsible for the successful retention, growth, and graduation of students.

The Dean leads a rigorous process of planning and assessing the curriculum to ensure: it remains relevant to the national security environment; it is in compliance with Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP) requirements in CJCSI 1801.01, as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation requirements; the curriculum appropriately reflects the mission of College; and is pedagogically sound.

The Dean teaches as needed, to maintain contact with college courses, classrooms, and students, and to support delivery of the college curriculum. Teaching is secondary to leadership and academic oversight responsibilities. The dean will maintain currency, expertise, and professional stature in the field through research and publication of scholarly work. The dean actively participates in University and CIC engagement efforts and supports robust interdisciplinary and collaborative partnerships across NDU, and with external partners.

The Dean works in a collegial and energetic fashion with the other college deans. The dean fosters institutional collaboration and integration in conjunction with CIC’s Dean of Administration, Dean of Students, and other functional Directorate Heads.

The Dean will be a steadfast leader and advocate for NDU and college initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination, eligible for a TS/SCI, as a condition of employment .
  • All federal employees are required to have direct deposit
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or be exempt from Selective Service (see
  • File a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) within 30 days of entering the covered position, annually thereafter, and within 30 days of terminating from a covered position required by the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA).
  • Incumbent is required to sign a DA Form 5019-R (Condition of Employment for Certain Positions Identified as Critical Under the Drug Abuse Testing Program) and must pass urinalysis testing, as required prior to appointment and periodically thereafter.
  • If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of determining appropriate workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, testing, travel, and quarantine.
  • The incumbent will serve in a probationary status for the first 24 months. If they have served in a supervisory capacity as a Title 10 employee at NDU within the last year, the probationary period is reduced to 18 months.
  • TDY: Occasional, travel up to 30% of the time may be required.
  • Position is governed by 10 USC 1595, NDU Regulation 690-4 until superseded and its successor NDU Instruction 1416.01.
  • Background and degree in a national security studies, cyber, information operations, information technology, or other related areas is strongly preferred.



  • Must have a doctorate degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive professional experience in a relevant area and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continuing scholarship, and service contributions within an appropriate field of academic study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful record of leadership achievements, innovation, and managerial skills.
  • Must have demonstrated successful experience as a department head or as associate dean in an academic institution, or an equivalent leadership position. Must have a proven record for building partnerships and coalitions at similar or larger/more complex organizations.
  • Must have a record of successfully leading change in an organization of similar or larger size or greater complexity. Must have experience developing the organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resources in a continuously changing environment.
  • Experience providing leadership and strategic direction over personnel across complex organizations.


  • Background and degree in a national security studies, cyber, information operations, information technology, or other related areas is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of public and/or private sector academic institutions’ organization, structure, and operations.
  • Familiarity with the missions, organization, and operations of the Department of Defense.
  • Experience managing at the highest levels within a large diverse academic environment.
  • Senior service college graduate level education preferred.
  • An established record of advancing equity, diversity and inclusion.


Education Requirement: Ph.D. or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) related to the duties of this position, with a focus on national security or higher education academic administration.

Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

Additional information

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 telecommute.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

Supervisory Probationary Period: 18 month probationary period is required regardless if the incumbent previously served in a probationary period status in the Federal government or at NDU

Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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.

You MUST upload a cover letter separate from your resume addressing the following hiring criteria:

Factor 1 Teaching: Describe the number of years and your record of excellence in teaching in a discipline related to national security; cyberspace policy, strategy, or operations; joint campaign planning; or military planning. Please highlight graduate level teaching experience.

Factor 2 Leadership: Describe your leadership experience in organizational innovation and institutional collaboration; ability to lead, mentor, and manage faculty and staff; and lead internal and external engagement efforts in pursuit of institutional and academic excellence. Please provide positions held.

Factor 3 Policy Development/Implementation: Describe your professional or academic experience in higher education academic administration; cyberspace policy, strategy, or operations; joint campaign planning; or military planning.

Factor 4 Research/Scholarship: Describe your research experience in a related field as demonstrated through curriculum/course development, policy oversight, outreach activities, peer-reviewed scholarship, and/or military doctrinal/posture development, citing evidence of recognition gained within academic or research communities.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications. All conferred degrees and certifications should be included in your resume for full consideration
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. 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 ineligible rating.
  4. Other Supporting Documents – Refer to the eligibilities section for documents to submit.

NOTE: Transcripts are not required at time of application submission. Your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel to evaluate your qualifications for the position. If selected for an interview, official transcripts will be requested at that time to verify educational requirements are met.

Eligibilities Information: 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 announcement.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 they 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.
  3. 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 qualification requirements:

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 Education.

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.

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