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Job Title:  Director of Strategic Communications
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  National Defense University
Job Announcement Number:  NDU-14-032-1079808

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,972.00 to $157,055.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 21, 2014 to Monday, April 21, 2014
Full Time - Excepted Service Term NTE 3 years
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort McNair, DC View Map
U.S. Citizens
Top Secret


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.


  • No


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


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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.


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Qualifications Required:

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.



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:


1) Communication

2) Partnering

3) Political Savvy

4) Strategic Thinking


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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. The first 18 months of employment will be probationary. Appointment NTE 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.   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. 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: 1079808. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. 


You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. 




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

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

  1. Fax the completed 1203 FX 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. You may fax or upload 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 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


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. Please do not call requesting status. Once a selection is made all applicants will be notified via email.


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

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