Director, William J. Perry Center

Washington D.C.
Apr 12, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) is recruiting for a Director to lead the Center. The Director of the WJPC works under Title 10 authority of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in close coordination with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), the Combatant Commanders, and with the support of the Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to fulfill the mission ascribed to the Center by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The WJPC is a U.S. Department of Defense institution for defense and security studies in the Western Hemisphere.  Through courses, seminars, outreach, strategic dialogue, and focused research in support of policy objectives, WJPC works with senior civilian and military officials from the Americas to build strong and sustainable networks of security and defense leaders and institutions. In doing so, WJPC promotes greater understanding of U.S. policy, mutually supportive approaches to security challenges, and improved sustainable institutional capacity.  

  • 50% or Greater
  • Extensive overseas travel to developing nations

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • To qualify for this position, you must:
    -Have a master's degree is required in accordance with the National Defense University Regulation 690-4; however, a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline is preferred. 

    -Have 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 Center personnel and representatives of various external agencies.

    -Have demonstrated innovative thought, critical thinking, and structured analysis skills and abilities.  Operate with the highest standards of personal and professional conduct.

    -Have demonstrated ability to act with discretion, maintain confidentiality and display a professional demeanor at all times.

    -Have extensive senior professional level experience relevant to the mission and the region it supports. 

    -Have a successful record of leadership and achievement in supervising and leading civilian employees and military members.

    -Be fluent in Spanish.

    Volunteer Experience:  Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, or AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, or 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.


    Background or Security Investigation:  This is a Special Sensitive position which requires a background investigation.   The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

    Top Secret/SCI

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