Fort McNair, D.C
Aug 20, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Analyst, Research
Full Time


CSWMD prepares national security professionals to address challenges posed by WMD through education and leader development, research and direct support, and outreach activities across the full spectrum of WMD issues including strategic deterrence.

NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.

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1. Designs, develops, and executes studies and analyses to enhance understanding of both the WMD threat to U.S. interests and U.S. responses to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate the threat in support of the Center's JPME and research activities. Coordinates the efforts of other staff in these areas. 30%
2. Teaches and develops curricula and tools for use in the entire range of Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institutions in support of the WMD Center's responsibilities for enhancing the teaching of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) in the Joint Professional Military Education system. Coordinates activities of other staff in this area. 30%
3. Designs, develops, and executes exercises, workshops, conferences, and/or other meetings in support of the Center's JPME and research responsibilities, to enhance understanding of both WMD threats to U.S. interests, and U.S. responses to prevent, mitigate, or eliminate the threat. Coordinates the efforts of other staff in these areas. 30%
4. May supervise the work of more junior personnel, as assigned, including setting annual work objectives, conducting performance evaluations, identifying training requirements, monitoring work performance. and setting work priorities. 10%
5. Interacts on a professional basis and builds productive relationships with Center staff and personnel from the National Defense University, U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, academia, and the private sector, as required.
6. Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel, up to 30%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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 security determination to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.


Possess at least an earned Master's or equivalent graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in a discipline relevant to countering weapons of mass destruction; an earned doctorate or other terminal degree is preferred.

Has a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in a field relevant to countering weapons of mass destruction, preferably in a senior or leadership position associated with civilian or military components of the U.S. Government.

Demonstrate the ability to undertake research and analysis projects related to countering WMD, to include serving as the principal investigator, conducting literature reviews and interviews, organizing and leading workshops and tabletop exercises, preparing and supervising the preparation of cogent written products, and developing and delivering concise and effective oral presentations.

Demonstrate the ability to teach and to develop curricula and pedagogical tools for use in
graduate-level education.

Demonstrate the ability to interact of a professional basis and build productive relationships with Center staff and personnel from the National Defense University, U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, academia, and the private sector, and to lead collaborative efforts.


Additional information

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension. Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document with submission. The required narrative questions are listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Responses to the narrative questions must be completed and uploaded with the other specified required documents.

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.

Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.
Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to:
If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the assessment questions to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. You must attach a separate document with answers to the questions listed below. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel.
  • Describe your professional experience in the countering WMD area. Identify what aspects of WMD you worked on, what organizations you worked for and with, at what level you served, and your duties and responsibilities. Identify your most notable accomplishments in the WMD area.
  • Describe your experience and ability to undertake research, analysis, and policy support projects related to countering WMD. Identify the focus of your research, analysis and policy support efforts, what products (written and oral) you produced, which written products were published or posted and by whom, the organizations for whom you did the research or analysis, and your understanding of the impact of your efforts. Describe your experience in organizing and leading workshops and tabletop exercises.
  • Describe your ability and experience in teaching, developing curricula, and/or developing pedagogical tools for use in graduate-level education. Identify the types of education support you provided, in what subjects, and for what organizations. Indicate to what extent your graduate education support concerned WMD matters. Describe your knowledge of the Joint Professional Military Education system.
  • Provide examples of how you have built productive relationships through professional interactions with colleagues, U.S. and foreign government officials and military officers, officials of international organizations, academics and/or private sector professionals. Describe the levels at which you have built those professional interactions. Describe your leadership and supervision experience.

  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Sensitive Compartmented Information

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  • Word Document with answers to questions in the How You Will Be Evaluated Section of Job Announcement
  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • Academic Transcripts
  • The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.
  • SF-50 - (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  • If you claim Veteran's Preference, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank. If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference - ) substantiating your claim.
  • Other documents identified in the announcement.
  • WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application.

    It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered or uploaded is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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