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Job Title:  Dean of Academic Affairs
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  National Defense University
Job Announcement Number:  NDU-14-027-1068240

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$155,500.00 to $162,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 3 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC View Map
All Qualified Candidates


 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.


This position is administrated through the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University (NDU) and will support the Master of Arts in Strategic Studies Program. As one of NDU's five graduate institutions, the college educates selected military officers, interagency civilians, and international students to function successfully in a dynamic and increasingly complex global security environment.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel Requirements: None/Seldom (less than 15%)


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Background investigation is required


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  • Advises the CISA Chancellor on all matters pertaining to the curriculum, accreditation, and faculty.
  • Serves as the College's focal point for academic strategic planning, curriculum development, and oversight of the execution of the CISA Academic Program.
  • As the executive head of the faculty and as chief academic officer of the college is responsible for the development and implementation of the CISA strategic plan.
  • Oversees the CISA Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) and the Office of Student Services (OSS) for the conduct of recurring and/or continuous administrative functions.
  • Advocate for the faculty excellence as teachers and scholars through support of an innovative faculty development program and a collegial and collaborative learning environment, all supported by appropriate resources.
  • Serves on various NDU committees and works to build and maintain collaborative academic efforts across the multiple components of the University.
  • Formulates and advocates policies and strategies for enhancing NDU's academic quality, resources, and environment for students and faculty. 


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Qualifications Required:

For the Dean of Academic Affairs position, you must have doctoral degree in an area relevant to strategic studies, defense policy, or national security studies or a Juris Doctor. you must have experience in the following areas:


  • A substantial record of excellence in teaching in a discipline related to national security strategy at an accredited college or university.
  • Record of successful leadership in organizational innovation and institutional collaboration, and proven ability to lead, mentor and manage faculty and staff in pursuit of institutional and academic excellence.
  • Significant professional experience in policy, diplomatic, legal, intelligence or military areas related to the development and implementation of national security strategy.
  • Significant research experience in a related field demonstrated through curriculum/course development, policy oversight, outreach activities and/or peer-reviewed scholarship; recognition within academic or research communities.


Travel requirement for this position is seldom. You may be required to travel less than 15% of the time.


Applicants will be 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.


• Education
• Teaching
• Leadership
• Policy development/implementation
• Research


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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


  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Appointment will be for 3 years, subject to availability of funds, and may be renewed in one to three year increments thereafter.
  • Travel requirements for this position are none/seldom. The incumbent may be required to travel up to15% of the time.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application package.

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. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status or return to a previous or incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1068240. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print form 1203FX 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.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  2. Copies of your higher education transcripts to verify possession of degree(s) held. Unofficial copies are acceptable at the application phase. You will be required to provide official transcripts at the time of a tentative offer of employment.
  3. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  4. Veterans Preference Documentation - If applicable, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), Standard Form 15, and VA Letter

Please do not provide documents that are not listed above or documents that contain your photo or medical records.


Bill Sass
Phone: (317)212-6379
Agency Information:
DFAS National Defense University DFAS NDU
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN


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, please do not call requesting status. 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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