Job Overview


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.


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 University’s external relationships with governmental, public and private organizations to service the University’s constituencies and stakeholders. 

Develops and expands working relationships with news media as well as the Public Affairs and Legislative Affairs office’s 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 student’s capacity to contribute to national security both in the private sector and in government.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Must be available for occasional travel in connection with assigned duties, and ability to work unusal hours when circumstances demand.

Relocation Authorized

  • No