National Defense University — Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs

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National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education 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.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.


The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs fosters institutional collaboration and integration in conjunction with the Dean of Administration, Dean of Students and the functional Directorate Heads; Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Support Services Director (SSD). The Dean reports to the Component Head and is responsible to the VP-AA/Provost for the management and governance of the academic mission and their respective academic/research programs.

The Dean provides the leadership, management and expertise necessary to accomplish University-wide and component: strategic and operational academic program planning and assessment; development and documentation of required academic policies, guidance and processes; academic program oversight; and faculty talent and performance management and professional development.

  • Responsible for the content and qualify of the college’s curricula, the currency, relevance and pedagogical innovation of its component courses, programs and curricula.
  • Chairs the College Academic Policy Council (APC) or equivalent body for academic governance and peer review purposes.
  • Provides academic and faculty leadership for the college.
  • Teaches core, concentration or elective courses as needed to maintain contact with College courses, classrooms and students and to support delivery of the college curriculum.
  • Participates in University and component engagement efforts to share learning and scholarship within the college and throughout NDU.
  • Serves as a Working Group member of the Military Education Coordinating Council (MECC)
  • Performs other duties and projects as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security determination as a condition of employment.
  • All federal employees are required to have direct deposit
  • File a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) within 30 days of entering the covered position, annually thereafter, and within 30 days of terminating from a covered position required by the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA).
  • The incumbent will serve in a probationary status for the first 24 months. If they have served in a supervisory capacity as a Title 10 employee at NDU within the last year, the probationary period is reduced to 18 months.
  • If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of determining appropriate workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, testing, travel, and quarantine.



  • Must have a doctorate degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive professional experience in a relevant area and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continuing scholarship, and service contributions within an appropriate field of academic study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred. Background and degree in a National Security Studies or related is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful record of leadership achievements, innovation, and managerial skills.
  • Must have demonstrated successful experience as a department head or as associate dean in an academic institution, or an equivalent leadership position. Must have a proven record for building partnerships and coalitions at similar or larger/more complex organizations.
  • Must have a record of successfully leading change in an organization of similar or larger size or greater complexity. Must have experience developing the organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resources in a continuously changing environment.
  • Experience providing leadership and strategic direction over personnel across complex organizations.


  • Background and degree in a national security studies, or other related areas is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in the interagency, joint, multi-service or multi-national military environment.
  • Knowledge of public and/or private sector academic institutions’ organization, structure, and operations.
  • Familiarity with the missions, organization, and operations of the Department of Defense.
  • Familiarity with the Joint Strategic Planning System
  • Experience managing at the highest levels within a large diverse academic environment.
  • Senior service college graduate level education preferred.


Education Requirement: Ph.D. or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) related to the duties of this position, with a focus on national security or higher education academic administration.

Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

Additional information

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.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

Supervisory Probationary Period: 18 month probationary period is required regardless if the incumbent previously served in a probationary period status in the Federal government or at NDU

Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described above. A NDU screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions.

You MUST upload a cover letter separate from your resume addressing the following hiring criteria:

Factor 1 Teaching: Describe the number of years and your record of excellence in teaching in a discipline related to national security; strategy, or operations; joint campaign planning; or military planning. Please highlight graduate level teaching experience.

Factor 2 Leadership: Describe your leadership experience in organizational innovation and institutional collaboration; ability to lead, mentor, and manage faculty and staff; and lead internal and external engagement efforts in pursuit of institutional and academic excellence. Please provide positions held.

Factor 3 Policy Development/Implementation: Describe your professional or academic experience in higher education academic administration; strategy, or operations; joint campaign planning; or military planning.

Factor 4 Research/Scholarship: Describe your research experience in a related field as demonstrated through curriculum/course development, policy oversight, outreach activities, peer-reviewed scholarship, and/or military doctrinal/posture development, citing evidence of recognition gained within academic or research communities.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications. All conferred degrees and certifications should be included in your resume for full consideration
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Cover letter with narrative responses answering hiring criteria questions listed in the “How you will be evaluated” section of this announcement. Failure to submit will result in an ineligible rating.
  4. Other Supporting Documents – Refer to the eligibilities section for documents to submit.

NOTE: Transcripts are not required at time of application submission. Your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel to evaluate your qualifications for the position. If selected for an interview, official transcripts will be requested at that time to verify educational requirements are met.

Eligibilities Information: The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.

  1. SF-50 – (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  2. If you claim Veteran’s Preference:
    – You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”, showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
    – If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
    – If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans’ preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans’ preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) “Application for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference” and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
  3. Other documents identified in the announcement.

WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

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. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

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