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Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  National Defense University
Job Announcement Number:  NDU-14-025-1066243

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$149,995.00 to $166,953.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014
Full Time - Term NTE 3 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Not Applicable


The National Defense University (NDU) is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader of development and scholarship.

Under the direction and leadership of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the oversight of the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (J-7), NDU offers a collegial and collaborative academic environment to support the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. Students are selected for their leadership potential and attend classes at Fort McNair in Washington DC; the Joint forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA; and at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, NC. A variety of on-line courses are offered as well. At NDU, students are encouraged and taught to think creatively, critically, and imaginatively in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security. The curriculum combines information technology and classroom experience with many other aspects such as international travel and exposure; interaction with industry, members of the inter-agency community, and international allies and partners; and participation, research and professional exchanges with local and national consortia of national security academic institutions.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25% of the time


  • Yes
  • Relocation may be authorized


  • Background Investigation is required
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain US work authorization


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  • The Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO) is a member of the NDU senior leadership team and reports directly to the NDU President.
  • The EVP/COO provides leadership and strategic planning expertise across the enterprise to assist the NDU in implementing its strategic plan in a constrained resources environment. Coordinates and prioritizes needs/resources across the NDU enterprise in conjunction with the Senior Vice President (SVP), the Provost and the Director of Research and Strategy
    Support to ensure alignment with the strategic plan and the NDU President’s vision.
  • The EVP/COO coordinates critical NDU resource/administrative actions at the highest level of the Federal government including with senior members of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Agencies, Combatant Commands, the Military departments and Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of
    Personnel Management and others as appropriate. Establishes and maintains close and effective relationships with principle executives and officials of these organizations.
  • Incorporates Secretary of Defense priorities, the CJCS's guidance, customer and stakeholder feedback and inter/intra agency discussion in the NDU Strategic planning and organizational management actions.
  • Develops and implements policies, processes, and procedures that deliver high quality support to the academic programs and research activities carried out by the university’s colleges and components.  Oversees all administrative management operations including IT, budgeting, facilities, and personnel management resources.
  • Has primary responsibility for synchronizing the day-to-day institutional support across the NDU enterprise and finds solutions for long-term resource challenges while fostering a customer-centric service delivery culture.
  • Participates in teaching and research activities.  Serves as a mentor and advisor to a small group of students each year.  Researches and applies best management practices in higher education to the NDU enterprise.


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       Required qualifications

  • A master's degree is required; PhD or terminal degree is desirable.
  • Must possess extensive managerial/leader experience at high levels within the military, public or private sectors to be able to effectively carry out the overarching and holistic supervisory, managerial, and technical duties of the position. 
  • Demonstrated ability and success in developing, implementing, measuring performance and analyzing a variety of complex programs, projects, and services for a large customer-base with diverse program requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively and work effectively with others in a diverse environment; ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with University personnel and representatives of various external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, critically and creatively, and to promote strategic, critical, and creative thinking into his or her people.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead institutional change in a resource constrained environment by developing innovative and creative solutions.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required.

       Desired qualifications

  • Previous Flag Officer, SES, or Civilian VP/COO experience with similar or greater responsibilities in organizations of similar or greater complexity.
  • Experience working at the interagency, joint, multi-service, or multi-national level.
  • Knowledge of public sector academic institutions’ organization, structure, and operations.
  • Familiarity with the mission, organization, and operations of the Department of Defense.

    • Background or Security Investigation:  The individual selected for this position is required to complete a background investigation.


      HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.   Applicants meeting the basic requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire.   If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  

      The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:  

      • Leadership
      • Leading Change
      • Building Partnerships and Coalitions
      • Results Driven
      • Business Acumen


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      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.  To find out more, go to


      Initial Probationary Period:  You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 1 year if one has not already been completed.  You will be required to serve a supervisory/managerial probationary period of 1 year unless one has previously been completed.

      Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  You must be well qualified for the position to receive special selection priority under the ICTAP. A qualified ICTAP eligible achieving a score of 85 or above will be considered "well qualified". For more information, go to:

      Special Hiring Authorities: You may be considered for the vacancy if you are eligible for a special appointment authority such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam Era and disabled veterans; volunteers returned from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc.  For more information, visit the following OPM websites:  USAJOBS Resource Center:; VetsInfo Guide:

      Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA):  Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing an initial 3-year term (not less than 2 years and 11 months) may apply regardless of their current geographical location.  Veterans must submit their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to be considered under this authority. 

      Military Spouse Preference (MSP):  You may be eligible for MSP, if you are the spouse of an active duty military member and you are ranked among the best qualified for this vacancy.

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


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      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. 


      To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1066243. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


      You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you cannot apply online:

      1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

      2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

      3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



      • In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.   The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
      • When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.


      You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

      1. Résumé:   The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
      2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
      3. 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: Current or former federal employees must submit a Notification of Personnel Action.
      2. Veterans Documentation: Veterans must provide a DD-214 copy 4.  Click here to review these authorities and documents verifying eligibility - VEOA, VRA and/or 30% disabled veterans hiring authorities.
      3. ICTAP Eligibles: A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.
      4. Special Hiring Authority: Documentation verifying eligibility.
      5. Performance Appraisal: Current or previous federal employees.
      6. Military Spouse Preference - Spousal Travel Orders.
      7. 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 USJOBS 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, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.   HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant. 


      Bill Sass
      Phone: (317)212-6379
      Agency Information:
      National Defense University Title X
      300 5th Avenue Bldg 62 RM 201
      Washington, DC


      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, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. 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.  

      It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.  

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