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Job Title:  Academic Specialist (Institutional Research Analyst)
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  National Defense University
Job Announcement Number:  NDU-14-031-1078925

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $116,899.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 28, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service NTE NTE 3 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC View Map
NDU Employees Only


The National Defense University (NDU) is the premier naitonal 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
  • Occasional travel may be requried


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen


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Serves as principal advisor to the NDU Director of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment on a wide variety of projects that develop and support institutional research, planning and assessment functions across the University.


Performs the development and production of statistical and analytical reports in a wide variety of platforms.  Applying a thorough knowledge of empirical research, principles and techniques and skill in their application.


Performs analysis, interpretation and evaluation of data from a variety of sources for presentation to varying audiences.  Directly participates in the analysis, interpretation, evaluation, reporting and dissemination of institutional data to internal and external constituencies to support strategic planning, student enrollment and other University initiatives.


Performs the application and implementation of University-adopted institutional research and effectiveness practices. 

Utilizes sound institutional research and effectiveness methods to benchmark NDU assessment and evaluation processes external standards and practices.


Performs archival research and reporting in the areas of institutional research and effectiveness.


Performs verification assistance for accuracy and internal consistency of reports required for internal and external entities including accreditation, Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


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Required qualifications:


A bachelor's degree in a social science or a social science related field.

A minimum of three years experience in analysis, interpretation and evaluation of data from a variety of sources applying research principles, methodologies, techniques and skills.

A minimum of two years experience collecting, archiving and preserving artifacts and evidence in the areas of institutional research, effectiveness and for the accreditation process.

A minimum of two years experience understanding and applying current issues/trends in higher education and accreditation. 

Ability to utilize software and tools to produce word documents, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.


Desired Qualifications:


A master's degree in social science or a social science related field, or enrollment in a master's program.

Experience working in academic initiatives in the government, DOD, or a University.

Experience utilizing software for survey development, delivery, analysis and reporting and utilizing tools for interface and integration of multiple data platforms.






Occasional travel may be required.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.



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.



  1. Experience in institutional research, analysis, evaluation and reporting.
  2. Experience in institutional research practices.
  3. Experience in archiving and reporting.


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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.
  • This is a National Defense University (NDU) civilian faculty position as provided under Title 10.  Initial appointment is not to exceed 3 years; may be renewed in one- to three-year increments thereafter.


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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: 1078925. 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. 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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