National Intelligence University (NIU) President

Bethesda, Maryland
Mar 31, 2023
Apr 08, 2023
Full Time

Serve as the President of the National Intelligence University (NIU), the Intelligence Community's (IC) sole accredited, federal degree-granting institution with a 60-year history of producing strategic intelligence leaders. Educate and prepare the next generation of IC leaders in the evolving field of intelligence to improve national security decision-making through insights, innovation, and expertise in service of U.S. national security. Serve as a member of the Director of National Intelligence's executive leadership team and as NIU's Chief Executive Officer in accordance with Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) institutional accreditation requirements. Support the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff JF in maintaining the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I program accreditation.

Provide visionary leadership to ensure NIU prepares IC strategic leaders meet the institutional learning outcomes: communication, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, engagement, expertise, and research.

Maintain academic accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and maintain an effective system of internal and external shared governance that ensures the university fulfills its mission and meets stakeholder requirements.

Lead a strong and cohesive senior leadership team that manages NIU's faculty and staff assignments and the daily operations of the university.

Champion and maintain a culture of academic freedom for faculty and students to ensure the highest quality scholarship in intelligence flourishes at NIU.

Deliver curricula responsive to strategic guidance and priorities from the Director of National Intelligence and the NIU Board of Visitors.

Lead NIU's academic engagement with members of the IC, academia, and the private sector.

Develop and lead the implementation of the university's strategic plan and continuous improvement process to shape the next phase of NIU's journey to becoming a truly world-class intelligence university.

Lead NIU's relationship with the NIU Foundation in support of this critical partnership.

Promote a "One IC" culture that values diversity across organizational boundaries to accomplish a common mission. Lead, manage, and drive the ODNI core values of Excellence, Courage, Respect, and Integrity, and lead through example to ensure the efficient use of personnel and funding resources while maintaining ODNI commitment to diversity and opportunity.

Work directly for the DNI. Obtain guidance and oversight from the NIU Board of Visitors.

Collaborate with the NIU Intelligence Community Senior Advisory Board to review and improve NIU's academic programs and focus on national security and IC requirements.

Collaborate with other U.S. Government organizations having academic and educational responsibilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen residing in the United States
  • Appointment is be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance based on an SBI with eligibility for sensitive compartmented information (SCI)
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • A two-year trial period is required for all new permanent appointments to the ODNI.


Mandatory and Educational Requirements

Possess an earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to build consensus, influence key stakeholders, and build broad coalitions to accomplish NIU's mission.

Demonstrated ability to work with senior government officials, build and sustain professional networks in a diverse, fast-paced, multi-task environment, and to manage competing priorities.

Extensive experience leading complex, high impact missions and organizations.

Professional experience in higher education.

Demonstrated leadership and experience in intelligence.

Ability to hold TS/SCI clearance with Counterintelligence polygraph.

Desired Requirements

Higher education experience serving as a President, Provost, Dean, or other academic administrator.

Graduate of NIU or experience with federal higher education institutions.

Possess an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Prior service as a senior leader in the Intelligence Community.


Possess an earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact the NIU Transition Executive, Mr. Timothy Phillips, 703 275-2994 (non-secure), 917-2994 (secure), Unclassified Email:

PLEASE READ: This is an opportunity for a SNIS Executive Tier 3, staff reserve position in the ODNI. Staff reserve appointments are term-limited appointments for a period of three years, with the potential for an extension of two years. These term-limited appointments do not exceed five years.

Federal Retirees: Federal retirees may apply for this position as a reemployed annuitant. A reemployed annuitant's salary will be offset by the amount of the annuity they receive each month.


Job Interview Travel: Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C. area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. The top three candidates will be requested for an in-person interview - any travel or lodging will be at ODNI's expense.

Salary Determination:
  • The ODNI uses a rank-in-person system in which rank is attached to the individual. A selected ODNI candidate or other Federal Government candidate will be assigned to the position at the employee's current grade and salary.
  • For a selected non-Federal Government candidate, salary will be established within the salary range listed above, based on education and experience.
  • Reemployed annuitant salary will be offset by the amount of monthly annuity received.
Relocation Expenses: For new ODNI employees, ODNI will provide reimbursement for relocation expenses.

The ODNI is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.

The ODNI is an excepted service agency, therefore because this position is in the excepted service, it may not be filled by competitive appointment, and acceptance of the proposed appointment will take applicants in competitive service positions outside the competitive service while occupying the excepted service position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: The ODNI provides reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified applicants with disabilities. IF YOU NEED A REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Reasonable Accommodation Office Representative by classified email at and, by unclassified email at, by telephone at 703-275-3900 or by FAX at 703-275-1217 . Your request for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION TO THE EEOD EMAIL ADDRESS. THIS EMAIL IS FOR REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS ONLY.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the ODNI will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Safer Federal Workforce Task Force guidance on other Federal agency safety protocols based on vaccination status remain in effect.

Therefore, the ODNI may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purpose of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.