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    About the Position:
    This is a full-time civilian faculty position at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), Strategic Studies Institute as provided under Title 10 USC 4021. Initial appointment may be up to three years, the first year may be a trial period. The appointment may be renewed in one- to five-year increments thereafter. Academic rank and salary will be based on the selectee's academic credentials, experience and professional accomplishments.

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    • Serve as Research Professor of National Security Affairs in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the USAWC.
    • Performs research and publishes SSI studies, journal articles, policy-oriented essays, op-eds, blog postings, books and/or book chapters, which are distributed worldwide. (50%)
    • Conducts self-initiated research and directed research in geostrategic threats, national security strategy, and defense policy at the request of senior-level officials at the Army Staff, Joint Staff or Office of the Secretary of Defense.
    • Works independently and collaboratively to develop recommendations to achieve key national security objectives specifically oriented toward those factors that impact U.S. defense priorities, especially those of the U.S. Army.
    • Designs individual and collective annual research and publication plans, in consultation with SSI leadership, addressing contemporary national security issues.
    • Conducts both internal and external service in national security related areas. (30%)
    • Liaises with and provides briefings and expertise in response to requests from aforementioned key stakeholders and other audiences.
    • Leads, organizes, and implements SSI and USAWC professional collaboration, conferences, seminars, symposiums, and meetings.
    • Attends and participates in relevant academic conferences by presenting papers and/or acting as panel chair or discussant.
    • Contributes to the educational mission of the USAWC through teaching, lecturing and supervising student research projects. (20%)

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel (domestic and/or international) may be required up to 25% of the time.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
    • Must provide official college transcripts, upon request. Unofficial transcripts are suitable for application purposes.
    • Must comply with the Drug Testing Program requirements (pre-employment and random testing after appointment).
    • Must be available for employment not later than 1 August 2021.


    Who May Apply:

    U.S. Citizens

    To qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your résumé must clearly describe your relevant experience; your transcripts are required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is available at http://www.armycivilianservice.com/JOA/Transcripts.pdf

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS/KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Applicants will be rated based on the criteria listed below by a panel of subject matter experts appointed with the purpose of identifying the best- qualified candidates.

    1. Must have a master's (required) degree in national security studies, international relations, international political economy, political science, public policy, regional studies or related field. A PhD or equivalent evidence of extensive original scholarly research and writing is preferred.

    2. Record of research and publication (or evidence of great potential) on key national security issues with the ability to influence policy at the strategic level (National Security Council, DoD, combatant commands, interagency).

    3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as demonstrated by the publication of books and articles, workshops and conference presentations, lectures, and podcasts, etc.

    4. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to serve as a project team lead for collective research projects, and as a faculty advisor for student research projects.

    5. Ability to contribute to the educational mission of the USAWC through teaching, including supervising student research projects, lecturing in the core curriculum, regional studies and/or electives.


    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.
    For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • One year trial period may be required.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information.
    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
    • Include the job announcement number on your application.
    • Must provide official college transcripts upon request (unofficial transcripts are required at the time of application).
    • Telework eligible -- Mission-dependent with locality pay at Carlisle, PA.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    The application review process to determine if you meet the experience and education requirements found in the job announcement begins upon the closing date of the announcement. If you are one of the top candidates, you may be invited to interview by the selection official. If selected, you will receive a tentative job offer. Depending on the strength of the applicant pool, this process may take several months after the closing date of the job announcement.

    Please follow all instructions carefully, as failure to submit a complete application could invalidate your submission. In this regard, please be sure to read the HOW TO APPLY and REQUIRED DOCUMENTS sections.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness, National security

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    Required Documents

    Please see the list of requirements in the "How to Apply" section.

    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates could contain personal information for someone other than the applicant. Redact these documents to remove the personal information of others before submitting your application. You may be asked to provide an un-redacted version of the documents to confirm your eligibility for selection.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in the job announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    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 which includes the items listed below. Applications must be postmarked or e-dated by the closing date of this job announcement. Please include the job announcement number on the application.

    Army network servers have an overall limit of 10 MB per email. To ensure delivery of your application, we recommend that applicants limit overall email size to no more than 5-8 MB. You may send documents in several emails to reduce overall size.

    The USAWC G1 will provide email confirmation of all received applications. If you do not receive delivery confirmation within three business days please contact the USAWC G1 at (717) 245-4596 or (717) 961-2256, or via email to


    Failure to provide these documents may result in disqualification for the position. Please note that this is NOT a Title 5 (General Scale) position, and the routine procedures for filing through the USAJobs.gov automated system should NOT be followed. Instead, please submit your complete application package and any requests for further information directly to the USAWC G1 at the email address listed below.
    • Curriculum vitae or résumé.
    • Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, passport).
    • Academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level). Unofficial transcripts are required with your application submission. You must provide official college transcripts upon request.
    • A three to five page overview that addresses your expertise, experience and capabilities to meet the KSA/qualifications for this position as outlined above.
    • Sample(s) of written scholarship (no more than three examples and not to exceed 50 pages each). Electronic format is preferred, as hard copies will not be returned without a self-addressed and metered envelope.
    • Letters of Endorsement (no more than three references and please include contact information) from disinterested professional associates (i.e., persons who can affirm the candidate's qualifications, but have no stake in the outcome of the selection). PLEASE NOTE these letters MUST be included with the application submission and will not be accepted if sent separately.
    • Documentation supporting any request for Veteran's Preference (such as a DD Form 214 and/or VA statement of disability).
    • A short narrative of one page or less that describes how you would contribute to an atmosphere of diversity at the U.S. Army War College through research, scholarship, teaching, and/or service.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

    Both paper and electronic submissions are acceptable, but the latter is strongly encouraged. The preferred method of submission is by e-mail with .pdf attachments.

    Submission Process: Please note that this is NOT a Title 5 (General Scale) position, and the routine procedures for filing through the USAJobs.gov automated system should NOT be followed. Instead, please submit your complete application package and any requests for further information directly to the G1 Office at the email address listed below.

    Submit your complete application package and any requests for further information to:
    U.S. Army War College Office of the G1
    46 Ashburn Drive (Anne Ely Hall, Room 233)
    Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013


    (717) 245-4596 or (717) 961-2256

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    Army Applicant Help Desk


    Carlisle, PA 17013
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    The Army War College is the U.S. Army's most senior institution for professional military education. It educates the top echelon of U.S. military officers of all services, U.S. government civilians, and military officers from up to 80 foreign countries yearly. It develops strategic leaders by providing a variety of rigorous curricula of theoretical and professional subjects. The senior-level curriculum is delivered two ways -- through a ten-month resident program (about 385 students) and a two-year distance education program (about 750 students); both lead to a Master's of Strategic Studies accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition to the Master's degree, the USAWC administers numerous professional development programs focused on strategic thinking and leadership. These programs range from a fourteen-week course for junior officers qualifying as Army strategists to shorter courses for general officers, senior colonels, and command sergeants major.

    The principal organizations of the USAWC are the School of Strategic Landpower, Center for Strategic Leadership, Strategic Studies Institute, the Advanced Strategic Education Program, and the Army Heritage and Education Center. They work collectively to accomplish the institution's mission: "Educate and develop leaders for service at the strategic level while advancing knowledge in the global application of land power."

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    Your application package (résumé, supporting documents, etc.) will be reviewed by a specially appointed selection committee to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/598616900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.