U.S. Naval War College — Chair of Strategic and Operational Research Department


The President, U.S. Naval War College, invites applications for the position of Chair, Strategic and Operational Research Department in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies.

The U.S. Naval War College is a Professional Military Education institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy. The student body consists of members of all the Services, interagency civilians, and international officers. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award a Master of Arts Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies for the College of Naval Command and Staff and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies for the College of Naval Warfare. The College is also accredited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to award certification in Joint Professional Military Education Phase I & II.

Strategic and Operational Research Department: The Strategic and Operational Research Department produces innovative research and analysis for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. interagency, and the broader national security community. It also generates new scholarship and actively participates in the broader community of scholars. The department is one of two in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College, the other being the War Gaming Department. The department is home to a number of specialized centers, institutes, and advanced research groups that foster deeper levels of research, analysis, and teaching on subjects of critical interest for the Navy: the China Maritime Studies Institute, the Cyber and Innovation Policy Institute, the Russia Maritime Studies Institute, Institute for Future Warfare Studies, and the Gravely, Halsey, and Mahan advanced research programs. The department’s faculty employ varied and multi-disciplinary approaches to national security issues, generating new knowledge for the Navy and the Department of Defense. The department’s faculty are educated in a range of social sciences, humanities, sciences, and critical languages, and the faculty consists of civilians and retired and active-duty military officers. For more information, see the department’s webpage: https://usnwc.edu/Faculty-and-Departments/Academic-Departments/Strategic-and-OperationalResearch-Department

Responsibilities: The Chair of the Strategic and Operational Research Department, working under the supervision of the Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, provides leadership for all aspects of the Department’s operations including: setting research priorities; engagement with Navy, Joint, DoD, and USG leadership, analytic and academic engagement and outreach; and faculty recruitment, retention, and development. The Chair oversees the preparation, review, management, and execution of the Department’s annual research and operations budget. The Chair works closely with the College’s leadership, fostering and maintaining cooperative relationships with other departments and programs, and encouraging integration across College departments.

Qualifications: The President seeks candidates who are successful, proven leaders in the academic or analytic world. Qualified candidates must have a research-oriented Ph.D. in an appropriate field and a record of research and/or analytic work in national security issues. The successful candidate must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience leading and managing a diverse group of professionals. A candidate’s accomplishments must merit appointment as a full professor at the College. Familiarity with naval/maritime strategies, operational concepts, and capabilities is highly desirable. A highly desirable candidate should also have strong team building skills and experience in developing innovative approaches to research and analysis.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a Department of Defense TOP SECRET/SCI security clearance. The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screening test and to random drug testing thereafter.

Appointment: The appointment is governed by provisions of 10 USC 7478 as delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, and the regulations of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that apply to “Excepted” appointments under Schedule A. For the successful candidate, the initial term of appointment is expected to be four years in length with provision for renewal dependent on performance. Expected start date is no later than summer 2019.

Salary Considerations: Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous federal benefit package that includes health insurance and retirement saving plans (with employer matching contributions), paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule.

Applications: Applicants must reference VA#NWC-18-17 and submit their application package to: hro-sord-18-17@usnwc.edu. The application package must include: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) names and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted until 14 November 2018.

Active duty members may apply under this announcement but are subject to eligibility requirements of the Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW). Active duty members must submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide branch, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). Please note: you will be ineligible for consideration if your statement of service is not submitted with your application or it shows an expected discharge or release date greater than 120 days after being submitted with your application.

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement dated to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

Questions should be directed to the search committee point of contact, Dr. Peter Dombrowski at: dombrowp@usnwc.edu. The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.