Norfolk, Virginia
Sep 22, 2020
Sep 30, 2020
Program Manager
Full Time


National Defense University (NDU) supports the joint warfighter by providing rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.
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Provides the leadership, management, and expertise necessary to accomplish University wide and component: strategic and operational academic program planning and assessment; development; and documentation of required academic policies, guidance, and processes; academic program oversight; and faculty talent and performance management and professional development.

Incumbent Is a member of the University Dean's Council which serves as an academic and educational advisory body for the VP-AA/Provost and senior leadership regarding topics and issues pertaining to and/or impacting the academic programs including the functionally-aligned academic and enterprise business support programs of the University.

At the operational University and component.level the Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs ls the
principal academic and policy advisor to the Component Head and VP-AA/Provost on all matters pertaining to the curriculum, accreditation, and faculty of their associated academic programs.

The Dean is the executive head of the faculty and as its chief academic officer or die college, in collaboration with the Component Head. is responsible for the development, Implementation and assessment of its component strategic plan.

The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs ensures a comprehensive, student..entered college oversight policy and assessment program to deliver an effective, high quality, graduate level academic program. This It accomplished with a faculty development, institutional research and educational policy team managed by the Dean.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Background or Security Investigation: This is a critical 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 critical sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must be a U.S. Citizen


To qualify for this position, you must:

Must have a Doctorate Degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive professional experience in a relevant area and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continual scholarship, and service contributions with an appropriate field of study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred.

Demonstrated successful record of leadership achievements, innovation and management skills. Must have demonstrated successful experience as a department head or as associate dean in an academic institution, or an equivalent leadership position. Must have a proven record for building partnerships and coalitions at similar or larger/more complex organizations.

Must have a record of successfully leading change in an organization of similar or larger size or greater complexity. Must have experience developing the organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resources in a continually changing environment.

Experience providing leadership and strategic direction over personnel across complex organizations. Background and degree in National Securities Studies or related area is strongly preferred.

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


Education Requirement: Must have a Doctorate Degree (or other equivalent terminal professional degree) with progressive professional experience in a relevant area and a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continual scholarship, and service contributions with an appropriate field of study.

Additional information

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.
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Leadership
  • Policy development/Implementation
  • Research/Scholarship

You MUST submit a Word Document, separate from your resume, answering the below assessment questions. Failure to submit this document answering the assessment questions will result in your application package not being reviewed.

Factor 1: Education:
  • Please indicate the response that describes your educational background and specify your area of study and/or concentration.
  • I have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) preferably focusing on national security or higher education academic administration . A focus on planning is highly desired.
  • I do not have the education described in option A.

  • Factor 2: Teaching: Describe the number of years and your record of excellence in teaching in a discipline related to national security, planning, joint campaign planning or military planning.

    Please highlight graduate level teaching experience.

    Factor 3: Leadership: Describe your leadership experience in organizational innovation and institutional collaboration, and proven ability to lead, mentor and manage faculty and staff, and lead internal and external engagement efforts in pursuit of institutional and academic excellence. Please provide positions held.

    Factor 4: Policy Development/Implementation: Describe your professional or academic experience in higher education academic administration, planning, joint campaign planning or military planning.

    Factor 5: Research/Scholarship: Describe your research experience in a related field as demonstrated through curriculum/course development, policy oversight, outreach activities, peer-reviewed scholarship, and/or military doctrinal/posture development; citing evidence of recognition gained within academic or research communities.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    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
  • 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:
    - You must submit a copy of your DD Form-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty", showing the dates of active duty service, type of discharge and the character of service. Alternatively, If you are a current military member in active duty service and do not have a copy of your DD Form-214, you must submit a written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted with your application for this position. The certification should also include your rank, dates of active duty service and what they condition of discharge is thought to be.
    - If claiming 10-point preference and/or are a 30% or more Disabled Veteran, you must submit both a DD Form-214 or expected discharge documentation as described above AND a copy of a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or your branch of service certifying the presence of service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of disability
    - If you are claiming eligibility based on 10-point derived veterans' preference (i.e. a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran claiming veterans' preference when the veteran is unable to use it), you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (SF-15) "Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference" and any required documents indicated on the SF-15 to substantiate the claimed preference.
  • 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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