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Job Title:Dean, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, AD-0801-27

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air Force Materiel Command

Job Announcement Number:AFMC-834308-000000-9X-SDC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$153,848.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 05, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the largest, most diverse and complex installations in the Air Force, encompassing approximately 11,000 civilian positions. Whether your career is in maintenance, cutting-edge research & development, or somewhere in between, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may have the job for you.

Position Summary:

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (W-P AFB), near Dayton, OH.  AFIT is a component of Air University (AU), which is a major element of the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC).  The Headquarters of AU is located at Maxwell AFB, in Montgomery, AL.

AFIT’s mission is to advance air, space and cyberspace power for the nation and its partners, by providing relevant graduate education, professional continuing education (PCE), research and consulting services.  AFIT accomplishes its mission at three schools located at its resident campus at W-P AFB:  the Graduate School of Engineering and Management (GSEM); the School of Systems and Logistics; and The Civil Engineer School.  AFIT also manages and supports Air Force students attending civilian institutions around the U.S. and in several foreign countries, i.e., students enrolled in programs at civilian universities, hospitals and medical centers, and with companies in business and industry.

AFIT’s resident GSEM is a research-intensive, defense-focused graduate school, currently offering the master-of-science degree in 26 programs and Ph.D. degrees in 14 disciplines, in various areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Typical enrollment is about 700 students.  The School of Systems and Logistics and The Civil Engineer School offer about 185 PCE courses (in residence and/or by various modes of distance learning).  Students include military officers from all U.S. armed forces, military officers from a number of foreign countries, federal civilian employees, and non-government employees from (primarily) companies in the defense industry.  AFIT also supports about 2,500 Air Force officers who are attending graduate-level programs at more than 300 civilian institutions around the country.  Approximately 485 faculty and staff (military and civilian) are currently assigned at AFIT and annual budgets approach $250 million.

AFIT faculty are recognized nationally and internationally and have made fundamental contributions to national security through basic and applied research in traditional academic disciplines and (especially) in non-traditional, multi-disciplinary areas uniquely designed to serve the defense and national security of the U.S. and its allies.  AFIT is also a highly-valued source of expert advice to the Department of Defense (DoD) and many other federal departments and agencies, including (e.g.) agencies in the Intelligence Community, NASA, and the Department of Energy’s national laboratories.  AFIT provides experimental and demonstration platforms for dealing with a wide variety of exigent military problems. Research and education is conducted at both the unclassified and classified levels. 

AFIT conducts its educational and research activities in collaboration with a wide variety of government and non-government partners.  It has formal strategic partnerships with (e.g.) the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Naval Postgraduate School.  It also has partnership agreements with numerous government organizations, civilian universities, and private-sector companies.

AFIT is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and was recently granted reaccreditation for the maximum ten-year period.  Many of AFIT’s engineering programs are also accredited by ABET.  More information about AFIT is available at the Institute’s public web site:  




  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Recruitment/relocation incentives & Travel expenses may or may not be paid
  • Selected candidate will be subject to a one-year probationary period
  • This is a drug testing designated position.
  • Must be able to obtain & maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Must file an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report


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General Duties and Responsibilities:

·      The Dean is the senior administrative and academic officer of the GSEM.  The incumbent is responsible for:  leading, directing and managing all academic and administrative operations of  the GSEM; overseeing a diverse faculty and staff;  providing the long-term planning leadership for the GSEM; overseeing development and execution of GSEM capital and operating budgets; and advising the Director and Chancellor, the Deputy Director and Vice Chancellor, the Commandant and Director of Staff and other AFIT deans and directors on the full range of graduate education and research programs, including graduate education programs for Air Force officers attending civilian institutions.


·      As the GSEM’s academic leader, the incumbent oversees and ensures the highest standards of academic quality in both graduate and PCE instruction and in the school’s   research programs.  The incumbent helps to oversee the promotion and tenure process; achieving and sustaining institute and program accreditation; development of new, distinctive and innovative academic programs; and long-range planning for sustaining and improving academic program quality.  The Dean also advises the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and others, in recruiting and selection of key faculty and staff members.


·      As the GSEM’s lead administrator, the incumbent, acting within broad guidance provided by the Director and Deputy Director, and with the assistance of the Commandant and Director of Staff, directs all of the GSEM’s operations, including (e.g.) strategic planning, operational planning, validation and prioritization of requirements, allocation of manpower and funding resources, development of policies and procedures, and preparation of programs and budgets, in accordance with the DoD and Air Force Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution system.  The Dean  ensures that annual operating plans meet the school’s short- and long-range goals and objectives.


·      The Dean is an executive-level, Administratively Determined (AD), federal service position. The incumbent is responsible for all GSEM academic and administrative matters. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

·       Academic leadership and direction for the faculty of the school, in the identification, planning, and operation of all instruction, research and outreach programs.

·       Executive administrative and managerial direction and operational control of the school’s programs, activities and resources, including military and civilian personnel, facilities, supplies and equipment and funding.

·       Leadership in recruiting, development, retention, performance evaluation, promotion, sanction, and/or merit recognition for all faculty and staff assigned to the GSEM.  Recommends faculty-related actions to the Deputy Director and Vice Chancellor and to the Director and Chancellor, as required or appropriate.

·      Directly supervises subordinates, including (e.g.):

o   Associate Dean of the GSEM

o   Associate Dean for Students

o   Six academic department heads:

§  Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

§  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

§  Department of Engineering Physics

§  Department of Mathematics and Statistics

§  Department of Operational Sciences

§  Department of Systems Engineering and Management

o   GSEM executive support staff


·      Maintenance and development/growth of AFIT contacts, presence and reputation in all areas of U.S. STEM higher education and research.  Knowledgeable in current and projected professional trends and requirements in STEM-related higher education and research, with particular emphasis on institutional and program accreditation (e.g., by the HLC of the NCA and by ABET).

·      Represents AFIT to the national and international STEM communities, both academic and professional.

·       Remain cognizant of current and projected future requirements for STEM-educated military and civilian personnel in the Air Force, throughout DoD, and in other government and non-government organizations having a responsibility for, or interest in, national security (including, e.g., defense, intelligence, homeland security, etc.).

·       Develops and recommends school and Institute initiatives to sustain and enhance AFIT’s brand recognition and respect within government, industry and academe. 

·       As a member of AFIT’s executive leadership team, the Dean of the GSEM collaborates with and supports the deans of AFIT’s other schools, to help ensure the continued success and growth of those schools and their programs, thereby contributing to the success and growth of the Institute.

·      Participates in faculty governance activities, as appropriate.

·      Promotes and supports GSEM faculty and student research, to enable experiential, graduate-level learning;  faculty recruitment, development and retention; and development of new operational capabilities to support Air Force and DoD missions.

·      Performs other duties and responsibilities, as directed by either the Deputy Director and Vice Chancellor or by the Director and Chancellor


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Mandatory Qualifications:

·       An earned doctorate degree (PhD preferred) in an academic field relevant to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) mission of the AFIT GSEM and experience appropriate for appointment as a full professor in the GSEM, with tenure.


·       At least three or more years of significant academic and administrative leadership and management at an accredited, research-based, doctoral degree granting university experience (preferably at the dean or department chair/head level).


·       Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively with other senior leaders within an academic institution.


·       Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and working effectively with a faculty council/senate.


·       A comprehensive understanding of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense and joint and combined operations.  (Previous command experience at the squadron level or above or senior staff experience in a military or defense organization is highly desirable).


·       Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing (in English) to a wide range of diverse audiences, on both technical and non-technical subjects. 

Desirable Qualifications:

·       Experience in leading and managing a large, complex organization, including experience in (e.g.) strategic planning, team building, resource management, program development and management, etc.  

·       Be a nationally-recognized leader in engineering and/or science higher education and research. 

·       Experience in building collaborative partnerships with (e.g.) government organizations, other academic institutions, and industry. 

·       Experience with seeking institutional and/or academic program accreditation or reaccreditation. 

·       A strong record of scholarly publications. 

·      Demonstrated record of success in attracting government-sponsored grants for research or education and satisfactorily completing those projects or programs.






PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 









·       Active duty military members must indicate retirement eligibility

·       Position requires frequent travel within the United States and overseas

·       This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment, and participation in random drug testing.

·       Post-Government Restrictions – this position may be subject to the post-government restrictions of Sections 207(a) and (f) of Title 18, United States Code



Applications will be evaluated against the foregoing qualification requirements.  Failure to meet any one of the standards listed under “Mandatory Qualifications” will eliminate the candidate from further consideration.  Standards listed under “Desirable Qualifications” will be used to evaluate only those candidates who meet all of the “Mandatory Qualifications.”  A screening panel composed of a diverse mix of senior military officers and civilian executives will evaluate the candidates for this position.  Panel members will be selected to provide a variety of organizational and/or functional backgrounds relevant to this position.  The panel members will individually review each of the applications against the Mandatory and Desirable Qualifications.  The stated qualifications are considered to be the minimum requirements for the position.  Each panel member will apply a rating schedule to determine which candidates are considered to be “Best Qualified.”  The panel members will then meet to discuss each application and reach a consensus as to whether an application is considered to be “Best Qualified,” “Qualified,” or “Not Qualified.”  The panel will interview all of the best-qualified candidates, based upon consistently applied criteria.  The panel will then make a recommendation of those best-qualified candidates who should be referred to the selecting official in priority order.   The selecting official will consider the recommendation of the panel, resolve any questions or concerns, and offer the position to the highest-ranked candidates, in priority sequence. 



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Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.


MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE (MSP):  Click here for specific program requirements.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employment must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


Reemployment Annuitant: Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.   Click here for more information.


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     To receive full consideration, each applicant must submit ALL documents listed under Required Documents:


Applications will be accepted in electronic format only.  Items (1). ( 2) and (3) must be

submitted in a single Microsoft Word document.  Items (4) and (5) must be scanned in   

a single PDF document.  E-mail both documents to:, with

subject line:  Announcement #AFMC-834308-000000-9X-SDC. 

Confirmation of receipt will be provided by e-mail.


If you are unable to deliver via the method described above, please contact: Ms Leanne Heagle at telephone number (937) 255-6565, ext. 3142 (or DSN 785-6565, ext.3142).


          To be considered, applications must be received by 11:59PM (EST) of the closing date shown on the first page of this announcement.




Ms Leanne Heagle, GS-13, DAF

Chief, Human Resources Force Support

Air Force Institute of Technology

Phone:  937.255.6565 ext 3142

DSN:  785.6565 ext 3142

Fax:  937.656.5057



Please provide information in the order listed below;  all self-typed documents must be 12-font size, Times New Roman font, and cannot exceed 1-inch margins):


(1)   Resume (limit 4 pages):

·      Job Information:   Announcement #AFMC-834308-000000-9X-SDC

·      Personal Information:  Full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers and e-mail address(where you would like to receive communication regarding your application)

·      Country of Citizenship:

·      Current Security Clearance:

·      Highest Federal civilian and/or military grade held (please give effective dates of highest grade and/or rank held)

·      Education:  For each earned degree, please provide the type of degree, name of the college or university at which the degree was earned (include city and state where the institution is located) and the year the degree was received.

·      Work Experience:  Please provide a chronology of your work experience, including (e.g.) the position title, employer name and location, dates held (starting and ending dates), scope of responsibilities (do not send job descriptions)

·      Other Qualifications (e.g.):

o   Licenses and certifications

o   Significant professional appointments

o   Professional societies and organizations

o   Honors and awards

o   Selected publications

o   Notable achievements


(2)   Technical Qualifications (limit 8 pages total):   Address each of the Mandatory and Desirable Qualifications:

·       Brief Summary of Your Qualifications:  Please begin with a brief (e.g., ½-page) summary/overview of your technical qualifications

·       Mandatory Qualifications (limit 6-7 pages)

·       Desirable Qualifications (limit 1-2 pages)


(3)   References:  Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers (and/or e-mail address) of three individuals who can comment on your qualifications for the position.


(4)   Current Performance Appraisal:  (If current or former government employee or otherwise available)


(5)   Submit one copy of the following forms:

·       SF-50:  Most recent Notification of Personnel Action (this applies only to current or former civilian government employees – a copy noting your current position, grade level and salary level).

·       OF-306:  Declaration of Federal Employment (form available at

·       SF-181:  Race and National Origin Identification (optional) (form available at

·       SF-256:  Self-Identification of Handicap (optional) (form available at


Please do not  submit any additional information:  Extraneous materials (e.g., position descriptions, award certificates, etc.) will be removed and not considered.


Phone: (937)257-3590
Agency Information:
Civilian Personnel
Dayton, OH


·       Once your application is received, an acknowledgement will be sent by e-mail.


·       The AFIT Force Support office will notify applicants within 30 days of the announcement closing date by one of the following methods:


o   Telephone and/or e-mail notification of scheduled interview date/time, if the candidate has been rated as best qualified.


o   E-mail notification to advise that the candidate was not rated among the best qualified and not invited for interview.

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