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Job Title:  Research Professor of Latin American Studies
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army War College
Job Announcement Number:  NEDQ14001944653R

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

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$82,578.00 to $130,713.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Term
1 vacancy in the following location:
Carlisle Barracks, PA View Map
United States Citizens
Top Secret


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
ACADEMIC RANK AND SALARY WILL BE BASED ON EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE.  This is a civilian faculty position at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) as provided under Title 10 USC 4021.  Initial appointment may be up to four years, the first year of which will be probationary.  Appointments may be renewed.  The student body consists of US military officers of all services in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and colonel, upper-level civilians from federal agencies, and foreign military officers.

The Carlisle Barracks is an installation at the center of the Army and Department of Defense senior leadership educational programs.  The historic post supports USAWC missions, including those of the School of Strategic Landpower, Center for Strategic Leader Development, the Strategic Studies Institute and USAWC Press, and the Army Heritage and Education Center.  Carlisle Barracks also hosts the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic.  The post is a vibrant, cutting-edge workplace that supports the education and training of tomorrow's military leaders.  Carlisle Barracks is one of central Pennsylvania's leading and most respected employers.

Who May Apply: United States Citizens


  • 25% or Greater
  • Must be able and willing to travel frequently worldwide.


  • Yes
  • Permanent change of station expenses are authorized.


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements.
  • Must file annual financial statement.
  • Must be available for employement within 90 days of acceptance.


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The Research Professor of Latin American Studies in the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) serves as an expert on security affairs in Latin America and the Caribbean, as they concern the U.S. Army and Department of Defense.  The Research Professor anticipates, conceives, researches, writes, and publishes individual and joint studies providing timely and concise analyses of security issues concerning Latin America and the Caribbean that are important to the U.S. Army; develops policy and strategy alternatives, analyzes and assesses their implications and offers recommendations to Army leaders on security and military strategy; develops and executes, in consultation with SSI leadership, an annual study plan for Latin America and the Caribbean that anticipates and develops Army and broader national security issues, ensures the highest quality analyses, and produces products suitable for senior Army leaders; organizes and attends governmental and professional conferences to represent SSI and disseminate studies; responds to specific requests for research and analysis from the U.S. Army Chief of Staff, the Army Staff, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and other elements of the U.S. military; researches and publishes SSI studies, journal articles, special reports and books or book chapters, which are distributed to military leaders, policymakers, government agencies, think tanks, and academic institutions world-wide; influences U.S. national security strategy regarding Latin America and the Caribbean through other types of publications, interviews by the news media, presentations to a wide range of audiences, and congressional testimony.  Other major responsibilities include:


·         Contributes to the educational mission of the U.S. Army War College.

·         Participates in the College’s Annual Strategy Conference.

·         Helps organize professional conferences, seminars, symposia and meetings.

·         Respond to specific strategic research requests on topics that are normally based on the U.S. Army War College Key Strategic Issues List. 

·         Supports the SSI Academic Engagement Program.

·         Directs students’ research with occasional presentations to USAWC classes.

·         Reviews/referees manuscripts for academic journals.

·         Regularly interacts with Department of the Army Headquarters, National Guard Bureau, and the Office of the Chief of the Army Reserves.


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Selective Placement Factors/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):  Applicants will be rated on the criteria listed below by a panel of subject matter experts appointed with the purpose of identifying the best-qualified candidates.

1.   Required Qualifications:


      a.  Advanced degree in a relevant discipline.  Preference will be given to candidates with an earned doctorate in a relevant field and a substantial record of scholarship concerning Latin America and the Caribbean security issues.

      b.  Demonstrated expertise in Latin American and Caribbean security issues.  Preference will be given to those who have been educated as or have substantial practical experience as a national security and military strategist focused on Latin American and Caribbean regional expertise.

      c.  Ability to speak Spanish and conduct original research in Spanish language sources.

      d.  Preference will be given to candidates with experience in national security affairs at the strategic level; e.g., at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Army Staff, Combatant Command staff, or national security research institute, in the areas of policymaking, military strategy, civil-military relations, and the interagency process.

       e.  Depth and breadth of service inside and outside the candidate’s organization, especially at the national level.


      f.  Demonstrated substantive record of strategy relevant analysis and publication.


      g.  Demonstrated ability to draw policy relevant conclusions and formulate actionable recommendations from strategic-level research and analysis.

      h.  Knowledge of and ability to implement the human subject research protection policies set forth in 32 CFR 219, 10 USC 980, AR 70-25, AR 40-38, DoDD 3216.02, 21 CFR 50, 21 CFR 56, and 45 CFR 46 (Subparts B, C, and D) and other federal, state and local laws as they relate to human subject research. 

       i.  Possession of, or eligibility for, a Top Secret security clearance. DoD Directive 5200.2, Department of Defense Personnel Security Program, paragraph 3.2, specifies that a security clearance shall be authorized only to U.S. citizens. 


   2.  Desired qualifications:


      a.  Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline.

      b.  Expertise in the area of Latin American and Caribbean regional issues related to U.S. national security.

      c.  Ability to speak Portuguese and conduct original research in Portuguese language sources.


      d.  Ability to influence the development of national security strategy, defense strategy and military strategy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Military Service headquarters, combatant commands or other comparable strategy-related organizations, such as a leading national security policy research institute.

      e.  Strong record of research and publication and other evidence of scholarly recognition and entrepreneurship.

      f.  Skill at presenting research and analysis in academic settings and to senior defense officials and military officers.

      g.  Extensive contacts in Latin America and Caribbean strategic analytical communities and in the U.S. military.

      h.  Experience organizing and conducting academic colloquia, seminars and workshops.

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.

Foreign education must be evaluated for US equivalency in order to be considered for this position.  Please include this information on your resume.

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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/probationary period may be required.

Must be available for employment within 90 days of acceptance.

Direct Deposit of Pay is required.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  


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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


    Must provide college transcripts, upon request.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes the items listed below.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

    1.  Letter of Application

    2.  Resume or Curriculum Vitae

    3.  Samples of scholarship (will not be returned)

    4.  Academic Transcripts (graduate)

    5.  List of five professional references, three of whom are disinterested

    Both paper and electronic submissions are acceptable, but the latter is strongly encouraged.   Send complete applications to the Associate Provost, using the contact information shown under the What To Expect Next section.

    Application must be postmarked by the closing date of this job announcement. Announcement closes at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Eastern Time.

    Please Note:  Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.


    Please see the list of required documents in the How To Apply section above.


    Glenn K. Cunningham
    Phone: (717)245-3356
    Agency Information:
    W2H6AA Strategic Studies Institute
    47 Ashburn Drive
    Carlisle, PA


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  Please follow all instructions carefully.


    Requests for further information may be submitted to:


    Dr. Glenn K. Cunningham

    Associate Provost

    U.S. Army War College

    122 Forbes Avenue

    Carlisle, PA  17013-5217



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