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    NDU is recruiting up to two faculty members to serve at the National War College.

    NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research, and engagement to serve the common defense.

    The mission of the National War College is to educate future leaders of the Armed Forces, State Department, and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. To do this, NWC conducts a senior-level course of study in national security policy and strategy for selected U.S. and foreign military officers and federal officials.

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

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    Teach graduate-level courses in our core curriculum in National Security Strategy and supporting elective curricula.

    Participate in the development and implementation of the College's academic programs.

    Provide students with counseling, mentoring, and assessment of their academic performance.

    Serve on committees and performing other College leadership duties as assigned.

    Maintain academic currency through research and publications.

    Develop and maintain professional relationships with decision-makers and leading authorities in Washington and around the world.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Seldom 15%

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    United States Citizens

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen

    Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a Non-Critical Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.


    To qualify for this position, you must:
    Have substantive knowledge of the principal aspects/issues of national security strategy to include knowledge of U.S. national security strategy, foreign policy, defense policy or international affairs, as demonstrated through the candidate's teaching experience, publication record, professional experience, or active participation in the intellectual life of their field.

    Have evidence of excellence in teaching as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university.

    Desired Qualifications:
    - Willingness and capacity to eventually serve in a range of college leadership roles, including department chair, associate dean and director of a college project area.

    - Willingness and capacity to conceive of, develop, and run one of the collaborative courses that make up the National War College core curriculum, as demonstrated through past experience developing and running courses, collaborative projects, or related endeavors that required a high level of conceptual knowledge, organizational capacity and leadership.
    Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    Applicants for the position at the Assistant Professor level must possess an earned master's degree (a doctorate or other terminal degree preferred) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an academic specialty in an appropriate discipline as related to national security strategy with at least two years of professional teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level.

    Applicants for the position at the Associate Professor level must possess an earned doctorate or
    equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in an appropriate discipline as related to national security strategy, as well as at least five years of full time teaching experience. A minimum of two years must be at the graduate level.

    Applicants for the position at the Professor level must possess an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in an appropriate discipline as related to national security strategy, as well as at least eight years of full time teaching experience. A minimum of three years must be at the graduate level.

    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.
    Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf
    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    In addition to your resume, please upload a separate document with narrative answers to the following questions. A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel:

    1. Describe the nature, extent, and currency of your expertise in: the regional security affairs of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East; or in a functional subject area integral to national security strategy such as international negotiations, military theory, applied economics, or information operations; or both.
    2. Describe your teaching experience as a full-time faculty member at an accredited college or university. Please provide the level of the course (undergraduate or graduate), the number of years each position was held and the courses taught, and provide copies of teaching evaluations for said courses.
    3. Describe your experience designing, directing, and/or teaching collaboratively developed, interdisciplinary courses. Provide the title of each course and describe your level of involvement designing, directing, and/or teaching the course as well as the amount of credit hours assigned with the course.
    4. Leadership - Describe your experience in serving in a college or university leadership position, including the number of years you held each position as well as primary duties and responsibilities in each position. Collegiate/University leadership positions include Dean of Faculty, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Department Chair, or Director of a significant college project/program.
    5. Describe your record of scholarship in fields directly related to national security strategy, with scholarship defined as engagement in the discovery, creation, integration, application, sharing, and dissemination of knowledge. Please specify instances of scholarship such as books or articles in academic journals, publishing think-tank reports, drafting government documents as part of one's professional duties, or presenting research at academic conferences or professional meetings and provide electronic (PDF) examples of any recent, written work.
    The Assessment Questionnaire collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:
    • Education
    • National Security Strategy
    • Teaching
    • Collaboration
    • Leadership
    • Scholarship

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    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
    2. Narrative Answers Word Document to questions listed in How you will be evaluated
    3. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
    4. Other Supporting Documents
    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, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank. If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference - http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) substantiating your claim.
    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.


    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

    Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
    1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
    2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
    3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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    Leiesa Fish


    National Defense University
    300 5th Avenue Bldg 62
    Washington, DC 20319
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    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. ALL eligible applicants will be referred to NDU which will convene a board to review all of the applicants. NDU will contact the applicants directly they would like to interview. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
    You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

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