Job Title: Director of Strategic CommunicationsJob Announcement Number: NDU-14-032-1079808
Department: Department of Defense
Agency: National Defense University
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/ Per Year
Friday, March 21, 2014 to
Monday, April 21, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Excepted Service Term NTE 3 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
National Defense University was founded in 1976 "to ensure excellence in professional military education in the essential elements of national security" for leaders in policy, command, strategy, and resources for national security. NDU educates, develops, and inspires national security leaders of wisdom, character, and strength through a comprehensive and collaborative academic experience to anticipate and confront national and global security challenges. Our vision is to become the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development and scholarship. Our commitment to this vision requires a combination of excellent faculty and subject matter experts, rigorous curricula and programs, and quality fiscal and physical resources to serve a highly selective student body of military and civilian national security professionals.
The National Defense University, under the direction and leadership of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and oversight of the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff (J-7), offers a collegial and collaborative academic environment to support the joint warfigher 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 in order to anticipate and overcome future challenges to national security.
- Occasional Travel
- Must be available for occasional travel in connection with assigned duties, and ability to work unusal hours when circumstances demand.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Background Investigation is required
DUTIES:Back to top
The NDU Director of Strategic Communications reports directly to the NDU Senior Vice President and is responsible for assisting the University President in accomplishing the mission to develop, maintain and extend the Universitys external relationships with governmental, public and private organizations to service the Universitys constituencies and stakeholders.
Develops and expands working relationships with news media as well as the Public Affairs and Legislative Affairs offices within the Department of Defense, other Federal Departments and Agencies.
Responsible for planning, direction and coordination in the functional areas of marketing, media relations, command information, and community relations, and serves as liaison for the University President and senior staff for congressional requests.
Serves as the primary National Defense University (NDU) spokesperson and is the first point of contact for the outside media and other DoD and government agencies Public Affairs and Congressional Offices.
Counsels and advises NDU senior leadership on the issues likely to generate significant public and/or congressional interest, and coordinates efforts of full-time or collateral duty public affairs managers assigned to components.
Advises NDU leadership on the development of a comprehensive and effective communication strategy and program to ensure NDU students, faculty, staff and key stakeholders remain informed concerning University mission, programs, priorities and activities.
Prepares and delivers lectures and seminar instruction for the Colleges, Centers, and Special Programs in the area of mass communications and media relations. Instruction and assistance rendered contributes to the students capacity to contribute to national security both in the private sector and in government.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
B.A. or B.S. required; Masters in Communications, Journalism or related field desired.
Minimum ten years experience in public affairs/communication in US government or relevant private sector work; thorough understanding of Defense Department public affairs regulations and practices.
Demonstrated success in building teams and leading collaboratively, working 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
Demonstrated ability to act with discretion, maintain confidentiality and professional demeanor at all times and operate with the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.
Relevant senior professional experience in public relations, legislative affairs, public affairs, communication in a higher education institution or comparable organization.
Experience developing a branding campaign and a social media strategy for a large complex organization is highly desirable.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
How candidates will be evaluated:
3) Political Savvy
4) Strategic Thinking