Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Full Time


The Defense Acquisition University (DAU) is the recognized leader as a corporate university, advancing the use of technology in all areas of education. Faculty members are "thinking partners" with customers and students, continuously improving product and service delivery to provide the right knowledge and skills at the point of need. This position is for Dean, providing a global learning environment for acquisition professionals across the federal environment

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  • Organizes, directs and manages the regional campus and assigned faculty and staff who operate the education, training, research, and publication program for acquisition personnel.
  • Develops faculty as "thinking partners" with customers and students, continuously improving product and service delivery to provide the right knowledge and skills at the point of need through mission assistance, workshops, classroom offerings and on-line resources.
  • Builds relationships and partnerships with senior leaders from all organizations within their area of responsibility. Elicits customer feedback from Service Acquisition Executives, Program Executives, Program Managers, Buying Command leadership, students and stakeholders to shape the content and delivery of learning assets with the goal of improving the customers' acquisition outcomes.
  • Creates content and coordinates with learning asset and technology divisions, which have central responsibility for development of curriculum, to modify assets and delivery methods as needed.
  • Provides expert advice and support to the President, Vice President, peer Deans and Directors on all matters concerning the DoD-wide acquisition workforce to identify and implement fundamental, reaching measures to effect substantial improvement in the performance of the acquisition system and the acquisition workforce.
  • Partners with the Executive Leadership team to plan and implement goals and initiatives for the overall DAU Strategic Plan, Annual Performance Plan, and DAU products and services to meet the continuing and emerging needs of the defense acquisition workforce in accordance with DoD policies and strategic goals.
  • Establishes objectives to achieve efficient and effective use of available resources by coordinating acquisition education and training programs, and tailoring the content and delivery to support and improve acquisition outcomes for civilian and military personnel in DoD acquisition programs. Prepares, defends, realigns and forecasts budgetary, personnel and scheduling requirements. Also, performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional travel, Up to 25%

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • DAU participates in e-Verify with the DHS and USCIS


You must have specialized experience directly relating to the specific duties of the position, and demonstrate that you have the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully.

For optimum consideration, please ensure your resume reflects how your experience and educational achievements are related to key functional areas of this position including: acquisition knowledge and leadership/management, experience leading change, building coalitions and communicating, experience leading people, experience accomplishing mission and producing results, demonstrated resource management and business acumen, and enterprise perspective
  • Acquisition knowledge and leadership/management: Demonstrated experience in managing and assessing the performance of major defense acquisition systems and projects, including research,development, production and support, workforce management and development.
  • Experience leading change, building coalitions and communicating: Demonstrated ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates enterprise and business unit missions, goals,priorities and values. Experience encompasses: Building partnerships with senior leaders from all organizations within their area of responsibility, building a shared vision, strategic planning, elements of quality management, encouragement of creative thinking and innovation, influencing others,expressing facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiating with individuals and groups internally and externally.
  • Experience leading people: Design and implementation of strategies and objectives that maximize employee potential, foster continuous learning, and achieve high ethical standards. Competency in conflict management, leading and leveraging diversity, developing others and team building.
  • Experience accomplishing mission and producing results: In addition to visioning, strategic planning, goal setting and problem solving, emphasis on accountability and continuous improvement. Ability to make timely and effective decisions that produce accomplish mission, and achieve established performance plan tasks and results.
  • Demonstrated resource management and business acumen: Lead and manage to acquire and administer human, financial, material and information resources in a manner that achieves excellence,accomplishes mission and instills public trust. Knowledge and application of best business practices and tools.
  • Enterprise perspective: This position requires an Enterprise Perspective. This individual must possess the ability to apply a broad point of view and an understanding of individual or organizational responsibilities in relation to DoD or government-wide strategic and DAU enterprise priorities. This individual must demonstrate ability to work with internal and external partners to support national security objectives. This perspective is typically gained through a variety of diverse work experiences.

  • Education

    Additional information

    DAU 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. DAU employees enjoy flexible work schedules, transit subsidy, and the opportunity to telecommute.
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    • If selected for this position, you are subject to the completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
    • You will be required to become a member of the Acquisition Corps. DoD instruction 5000.58R specifies qualification standards for Corps membership (waiver of some of these standards is possible in the limited circumstances described in the instruction).
    • 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.
    • Initial appointment is made for a period of four years, conditional upon satisfactory completion of a DAU probationary period of one year. Every year, as part of an annual review, consideration is given to extending the appointment; thus service at DAU can be extended indefinitely.
    • If selected for this position, you MUST be able to begin work within 90 days of acceptance
    • Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 2 year if one has not already been completed.
    • Drug Testing: This position may be subject to random drug testing.
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): You must be well qualified for the position to receive special selection priority under the ICTAP. A qualified ICTAP eligible achieving a score of 85 or above will be considered "well qualified". For more information, go to:
    • Reemployed Annuitants: Department of Defense has the authority to hire annuitants without reduction in pay. For more information, go to: (htt
    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.

    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Your application (resume and supporting documentation) will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required as listed on the announcement under qualification requirements.

    Veterans' preference eligibility is treated as a positive factor when making a selection from external sources. It is applied when the organization makes a final selection from the candidates with substantially equal qualifications as described in the Best Meets Mission Requirements definition below. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.

    Best Meets Mission Requirements definition: Applicant has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies to substantially exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. This equates to the best qualified assessment criteria established for the vacancy and based on overall demonstrated experience, education, training, appraisals/evaluations, job-related awards, certifications, honors and relevant outside activities.

    Minimum Prerequisites
    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

    President of DAU may waive all criteria.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    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.
  • 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 DAU 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.
  • Performance Appraisal: Current or previous federal employees.
  • Academic transcripts must be provided
  • Note: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered or uploaded are received, legible, and accurate.

    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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