Professor of Acquisition Management

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jul 31, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

These positions are critical faculty members of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), performing the core mission of creating and sustaining a global learning environment and delivering outstanding learning and development opportunities to advance the performance and results of members of the requirements and acquisition communities in the DOD. DAU is a recognized leader in adult professional learning and development to improve the performance and results of requirements and acquisition professionals. Within DAU, the Defense Systems Management College is responsible for a portfolio of executive acquisition leadership, international acquisition, and requirements management learning assets and customer support engagements.
As a faculty member within the Defense Systems Management College, you will help advance our instructional design and delivery of programs for acquisition professionals in executive and senior leader positions, as well as members of the requirements workforce at all levels. You will contribute to offerings that span classroom and on-line courses, workshops for intact teams, consulting, and a dynamic portfolio of online job aids, tools, and information. For more insights, explore

As a member of the DSMC faculty, early in your tenure you will complete a portfolio of Faculty Performance Development courses on facilitating adult learning and development in the classroom and via workplace workshops. The faculty professional development program also covers creation of effective learning assets, knowledge sharing, and performance consulting, including (optional) Executive Coaching. Faculty are expected to also continuously refresh and expand their professional knowledge in appropriate functional areas.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel (up to 25%)

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • All of the positions to be filled will greatly benefit from expertise leading requirements management or leading/governing acquisition programs, especially major programs, at all phases of the acquisition life cycle. At least one of the positions requires broad program management expertise in leading MDAP or MAIS programs or a large portfolio of programs. At least one of the positions requires experience with requirements and acquisition management of business systems or software-intensive warfighting solutions and familiarity with cybersecurity needs in these capability areas. At least one of the positions will require expertise in defining and managing operational capability requirements, based on the latest threat information and analysis of capability performance gaps in weapon systems, combat support systems, and/or IT systems. For optimum consideration, ensure your resume package clearly describes how your experience and educational achievements provide you key qualifications, including the following:

    • Acquisition Leadership and Requirements Management Knowledge and Experience: Describe your depth of knowledge and executive level experience in the Defense Acquisition, or Requirements Management Systems and your ability to integrate across the three Defense decision support systems--Requirements; Resourcing (PPBE), and the Defense Acquisition System. Describe your experience in managing requirements for, or planning and successfully executing major defense acquisition programs and/or project portfolios, including research, development, production and sustainment. Include any relevant experience leading teams; relate your acquisition leadership and knowledge sharing experience from a government or industry perspective.
    • Analysis and Communication of Complex Information: Describe your experience analyzing complex data/information, development of courses of action and recommendations. Experience effectively communicating system-level perspectives; and communicating frameworks, criteria, and results of critical analysis, to support executive level decision-making. Discuss experience providing critical analysis results even in situations of some ambiguity/volatility, such as capability-based assessments, analyses of alternatives, acquisition strategy development, and/or systems of systems analysis.
    • Performance Consulting and Coaching: Ability to consult with customers in areas related to one or more of the three DOD decision support systems, and regarding interactions among those systems. Experience in coaching individuals or teams, to achieve even greater outcomes than they may view possible. Experience leading process design and improvement efforts or facilitating such efforts.
    • Knowledge Sharing and Curriculum Development: Describe your experience in developing or managing learning assets/products for requirements and acquisition career fields (e.g., warfighting requirements, business system requirements, program management, contracting, engineering & technology, product support, etc.) to aid in improving job performance and mission results. Discuss experience with learning assets for various skills such as needs analysis, business case analysis, critical thinking, analysis and decision-making. Describe any experience with technologies related to designing, developing and deploying residence classes, virtual classes or web-based learning. Desired skills include ability to link desired performance behaviors to learning objectives and to design delivery methods that boost long term retention and application in practice.
    • Experience teaching or facilitating adult learning: Address your experience with workforce management and development, to include supporting the many facets of successful learning and development programs. Discuss experience teaching or facilitating learning for adults, can include experience teaching or leading workshops in small groups as part of consulting with clients. Ability to engage, orally and in writing, multi-generational learners of differing background and experience in learning situations that increase proficiency in managerial and analytical decision-making.

    DAU Faculty Plan Pay Group/Band B: Minimum Prerequisites: You must possess a Master's Degree in a related area from an accredited college or university and at least 6 years of experience in the appropriate functional area in either a government or industry position.

    DAU Faculty Plan Pay Group/Band C: Minimum Prerequisite: You must possess a Master's Degree in a related area from an accredited college or university and at least 8 years of experience in the appropriate functional area in either a government or industry position.

    • You must have at least 1 year of the specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14/O-5 level or above in the Federal service or industry equivalent.
    • If selected for this position, you will be subject to a security investigation. Employment requires completion of the investigation with satisfactory results that support a Secret clearance.
    • You must have achieved DAWIA Level III certification in an acquisition workforce discipline or you must have the ability to obtain the required certification for the position within 24 months of appointment.
    • You will be required to join the DAU Faculty Plan as established by Title 10 of the US Code. This position is in the Excepted Service (non-career). Candidates currently in the competitive service will be required to sign a statement indicating that they are leaving the competitive services voluntarily to accept an appointment in the excepted service.To access instructions related to this requirement, visit
    • If selected for this position, you MUST be able to begin work within 90 days of acceptance.
    • The DAU President has the authority to waive one or more of these Additional Requirements.
    Possess senior or executive-level experience in at least one of the three decision support systems of Defense acquisition (Acquisition, Requirements, PPBE). Experience may be as a Program Manager, Program Executive Officer, Requirements Manager, or as a senior requirements or acquisition leader in the following: a program management office, on a Program Executive Office staff, in a military Service development or sustainment command staff, in a Service/Agency HQ or on the staff of a Service/Agency Acquisition Executive, an industry equivalent, or a combination. Experience leading people and managing resources in organizations involved in Acquisition, Requirements, or PPBE processes or industry equivalent.



    As a Professor of Acquisition Management in DSMC, you will leverage your requirements management and acquisition leadership experience and apply your leadership and managerial expertise. Primary duties of the positions include:

    • Teach and facilitate DSMC's portfolio of Requirements Management or Executive Acquisition Management courses and deliver other learning assets to Department of Defense civilians and military officers; teaching and facilitation may be in a classroom, at a customer site/office, by video teleconference, and/or online. These engagements support requirements managers, DAWIA Level III-certified program managers and functional leaders at the GS-14/15 and O-5/O-6 level, and Senior Executive Service members, flag and general officers in DOD executive acquisition positions
    • Design and maintain continuous learning (on line) assets to develop executive competencies needed to successfully plan and manage warfighting capability requirements, or to plan and lead defense acquisition programs, automated information system programs, and broad acquisition program portfolios. Through these online assets, you will contribute subject matter expertise, lessons learned and proven practices to individual customers, to communities of practice and through knowledge sharing activities/events, such as webinars or blog posts or micro-videos.
    • Design, develop, and maintain learning materials, assets and courses, leveraging innovative learning technologies.In course designs, incorporate the awareness and use of DAU's online resources.
    • Provide expert consulting and lead workshops for requirements and acquisition leaders and their teams to promote integrated planning and effective stakeholder communications to drive successful acquisition program outcomes.These engagements promote the sharing of best practices and lessons learned across the "Big A" acquisition community.
    • In addition to facilitating individuals' learning and development, participate in activities and research to advance the effectiveness of the DOD's requirements and acquisition processes and governance.Examples include:
      • Lead or participate in studies or as an author of knowledge sharing articles, to explore opportunities to improve acquisitions of products or services, requirements analysis and generation, contracting approaches, software and IT management approaches, affordability analyses, and cost estimating. These efforts can also explore opportunities to improve effectiveness and communications among Defense acquisition decision support systems (requirements, acquisition, PPBE)
      • Develop recommendations for changes in policy/regulation or legislative proposals to improve acquisition of weapon systems, services, and/or business systems;
      • Conduct and document requirements or acquisition management related research, individually or as a member of a team.

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