Director International Acquisition Learning Center

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is the recognized leader as a corporate university, advancing the use of technology in all areas of education. The DAU faculty and staff team to continuously improve the ways we help our students perform, by providing the right knowledge and skills at the point of need. This position, on DAU's Defense Systems Management College leadership team, leads the International Acquisition Learning Center, responsible for highly effective learning offerings that span classroom and on-line courses, workshops for intact teams, consulting, and online job aids and tools. As Center Director, you will help evolve instructional design and delivery of these programs for DOD international acquisition professionals. Collectively, these offerings develop International Acquisition and Exportability competence and drive the performance and results needed from workforce members to successfully plan and execute international defense acquisition programs.
For more insights, explore the International Acquisition web page at on the DAU web site.

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. The DAU professional development program also Executive Coaching (optional), as well as training for supervisors. Faculty are expected to also continuously refresh and expand their professional knowledge in appropriate functional areas.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional up to 25%

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • The selectee for this position will greatly benefit from expertise in leading or overseeing international acquisition programs and cooperative programs across all phases of the acquisition life cycle. For optimum consideration, ensure your resume package clearly describes how your experience and educational achievements provide you key qualifications, including the following:

    • International acquisition management or policy experience. Discuss your hands on expertise and leadership experience in international acquisition program management; technology security, technology transfer, foreign disclosure, export controls; international cooperative programs; and foreign military sales (FMS). Relevant experiences include: primary negotiator for international agreements, roles in key events such as international program milestone reviews, negotiations, FMS case development, design reviews, and program management reviews, National Disclosure Policy reviews, program protection planning or reviews of Technology Assessment/Control Plans (TA/CPs), or similar events.
    • Knowledge Sharing and Curriculum Development: Describe your experience in developing or managing learning assets for acquisition career fields, e.g., international program requirements, international program planning, contracting support, engineering & technology (such as for anti-tamper and defense exportability features), product support. 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.
    • Performance Consulting: Reflect your experience and achievements, or indicators of ability to consult with individuals or teams in areas related to international acquisition management, FMS, technology security/foreign disclosure, and/or export controls. Experience in coaching individuals or teams, to achieve even greater outcomes than they may view possible is also valuable. Experience leading process design and improvement efforts or facilitating such efforts, with emphasis on:
      • International program policy and process development and improvement;
      • Organization and management of international acquisition programs and related activities;
      • Initiating and managing collaborative activities with foreign partners to include tailored training, seminars and workshops, and consulting efforts.
    • Experience teaching or facilitating adult learning: Address your experience and ability to teach and facilitate learning by adults. Relevant qualifying experiences include 1) conveying (orally and in writing) complex managerial, technical, and business concepts to students with different backgrounds and experiences; 2) delivery methods such as guided discussions, lectures, case-studies, role playing, and leading action-based learning activities; 3) incorporating the learner's experience into the learning process and motivating learners to participate actively in learning activities.

    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 management experience in International Acquisition. Experience may be as a Program Manager, Program Executive Officer, or as a senior 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.



    As a Professor of Acquisition Management and a Center Director within DSMC, you will leverage your acquisition leadership and apply your expertise to teach and facilitate learning and performance by members of the DOD acquisition workforce. The position requires expertise leading or supporting acquisition programs, especially programs with international elements, at all phases of the acquisition life cycle. Primary duties include:

    • Lead the team of faculty and staff that develop, teach, and facilitate learning through a portfolio of International Acquisition Management courses and other learning assets, in support of DOD civilians and military officers.Delivery may be in a classroom, at a customer site, via a virtual classroom, and/or online.These engagements support acquisition workforce members at all levels.
    • Serve as instructor for International Acquisition and Exportability (IA&E) courses using lecture, practical exercises, case studies, simulations, and workshops. This may also include course scheduling, arranging for guest speakers, developing and analyzing learner assessments, and mentoring to ensure the achievement of planned learning outcomes.
    • Guide and contribute to development of curriculum; including case studies, teaching guides, online job aids, tools and templates, and tailored workshops, in accordance with current instructional systems design theory and practice.
    • Provide expert consulting and lead workshops for international acquisition leaders and their teams on matters of International acquisition policy, processes, and procedures; contribute to tailored Defense Acquisition Executive Overview Workshops in the areas of International Acquisition and Exportability. These outreach and mission assistance efforts promote integrated planning and effective stakeholder communications to drive successful foreign military sales or collaborative development program outcomes.
    • Lead and contribute to workplace learning by ensuring design and maintenance of online learning assets. Through these online assets, contribute subject matter expertise, lessons learned and proven practices to individual international acquisition manager and leaders, and their teams. Examples include written products, communities of practice and knowledge sharing activities/events, such as webinars or blog posts or micro-videos.
    • In addition to facilitating learning and development, participate in activities and research to advance the effectiveness of the DOD's international acquisition processes and governance.Examples include:
      • Professional research and professional development activities to maintain currency and increase knowledge and skills, applying those skills to DAU curriculum and other products (e.g., papers or articles submitted for publication, policies, processes, and other documents developed for DAU customers and stakeholders);
      • Lead or support conferences and events related to international acquisition topics, such as PEO Conferences, PM Forums, and International Defense Educational and Acquisition Arrangement (IDEAA) seminars;
      • Develop international acquisition management improvement initiatives with potential for increasing effectiveness of foreign acquisition partnering and sales activities. Also, develop recommendations for improved policy/regulation or legislative proposals to improve international acquisition and exportability processes
      • As requested by OSD, or Service/Agency senior stakeholders, conduct or support foreign outreach with objective of creating and encouraging collaborative opportunities consisting of training or consulting activities. Also, support or serve as host for international visitors or delegations to the DAU Fort Belvoir campus.

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