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National Defense University — Assistant / Associate / Professor of Strategic Leadership


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 incumbent of this position serves as a faculty member at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (ES), National Defense University (NDU). The position entails multiple activities related to supporting the mission and academic programs of NDU and ES. These activities are aligned with the Teaching, Research, Engagement, Service, and Accountability (TRESA) performance evaluation model. Primary activities are described below.

  • Serving as a strategic leadership subject matter expert, provides expertise as a member of a collaborative team of peers to develop and conduct graduate-level seminar instruction within the interdisciplinary ES core curriculum in areas related specifically to the Strategic Leadership (SL) curriculum such as leading organizational change; influencing culture; scanning and interpreting the national security environment; critical, creative, and strategic thinking; interpersonal skills; and case studies related to governmental organizations, private industry, and the military.
  • Participates in the planning and development of the ES curriculum and serves as the principal proponent for overall outcomes, content, and methods for the Strategic Leader core course, leadership-related electives, and other portions of the ES curriculum. Recommends lecture topics, course content, educational methods, and other curriculum requirements. Plays a leadership role in the planning and development of curriculum material on strategic leadership, to include senior-level decision-making processes; negotiations in complex environments; enhancing the profession of arms; understanding civil-military relations; and exhibiting ethical behavior. Based on needs of the Eisenhower School, conducts research in support of program outcomes and school mission.
  • Maintains and enhances professional relationships with existing ES stakeholders in support of the ES mission, such as: maintains and enhances professional relationships and standing, domestically or internationally, with senior educators, business leaders, industrialists or public officials; enlists stakeholder services in reinforcing the quality of instruction in the ES curriculum; stays abreast of new developments in the fields relevant to the ES curriculum; or, maintains/increases standing in professional organizations/associations in the fields of strategic leadership, national security strategy, or resourcing.
  • Mentors, counsels, and advises graduate students in role of primary faculty advisor to several students, supporting advisees’ orientation to the school, providing feedback on their initial writing assignment, and serving as their liaison/advocate with school administration. Serves as research adviser to individual students and student groups performing research on topics of academic interest relevant to strategic leadership, national security decision making, acquisition, and other aspects of national security and resourcing strategy. In this role, assists students in consultations with highest level officials of the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government departments, senior executives of business firms, and leaders of the civilian academic community. Mentoring may include completing end-of-year student evaluations in accordance with DoD, NDU, and ES policy.
  • In addition to the Strategic Leadership course, prepares and conducts graduate-level seminar instruction in ES multidisciplinary courses related to national security and resource strategy. This could include participation or leadership of an Eisenhower School elective. This could also include participation or leadership of an Industry Study (examining one of 20 industries and their relationships to U.S. national security), leadership of an NDU-wide elective, and mentorship of students in multidisciplinary capstone strategy or resourcing exercises. Some courses require extensive planning and execution of domestic and international field study experiences involving budgetary, logistic and administrative program management and leadership skills. Additionally, service could entail participation on ES and NDU task-specific working groups as directed.


Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. Citizen

Travel is required. Must be able and willing to travel both domestically and internationally. Travel is generally less than 25% of the time.

The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret?security determination to occupy a Non-Critical Sensitive position within the agency.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or be exempt from Selective Service (see



  • A master’s degree (doctorate or terminal degree preferred) with an academic specialty related to strategic leadership in the fields of behavioral science, organizational development/design/culture, sociology, psychology, cognitive science, or related disciplines.
  • A progressive record of teaching excellence at an accredited higher education institution, research institution, and/or significant, relevant professional experience.
  • Research experience, demonstrated through scholarship, publications, and/or outreach activities; recognition within academia, research communities, professional associations, or leadership-related community(ies) of practice.
  • Experience working on collaborative interdisciplinary teams.


  • Experience teaching at the graduate level within the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) system.
  • Experience as an academic administrator or as team leader of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Significant professional experience in developing and managing individual assessment and development programs, to include demonstrated experience using psychological assessment tools, various psychological instruments, and statistical analysis, demonstrated experience training counselors or executive coaches, demonstrated experience providing executive assessment and development counseling to senior military officers and government officials.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education Requirement: A Master’s degree (doctorate or terminal degree preferred) with an academic specialty related to strategic leadership in the fields of behavioral science, organizational development/design/culture, sociology, psychology, cognitive science, or related disciplines.

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.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. This position is governed by 10 USC 1595 and NDUI 1416.01, dated March 2017. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.

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

Background or Security Investigation: This is a noncritical sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a secret security determination to occupy a noncritical sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

COVID-19 WORKPLACE SAFETY PROTOCOLS: To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the below COVID-19 vaccination mandate is not presently being enforced as a condition of employment for this position.

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