Fort McNair, D.C
Feb 17, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
Full Time


NDU is recruiting for Associate/Professor of Practice to serve in 1 of 3 Colleges, in support of the mission and academic programs of NDU through teaching, research, engagement and service.

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  • Prepares and conducts graduate-level seminar instruction in the interdisciplinary academic program, focused on national security topics.
  • Applies teaching methods that stimulate student engagement through faculty-facilitated seminar discussion and experiential learning.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the University's academic programs, research and creation of scholarly knowledge.
  • Provide students with counseling, mentoring, and assessment of their academic performance.
  • Participates in engagement and outreach activities in furtherance of the NDU mission. Advises and consults with senior DOD officials involved in the Defense policy-making domain.
  • Provides service to the College and University community through rotating roles, to include serving and/or leading College or University-wide committees

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Background or Security Investigation: This is a non-critical sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a Secret security determination to occupy a non-critical sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must be a US Citizen

** Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met **


An earned master's degree or other international equivalent terminal degree (doctorate preferred)
from a regionally accredited university in a discipline directly related to national security.

Minimum of 7 years public service or private sector experience as a senior-level practitioner in a field related to national security policy.

Significant experience working in leadership roles in civilian or military components of the U.S. Government, non-government organizations, or other entities in the area of national security strategy.

A record of establishing and maintaining professional relationships with policy makers in the executive and legislative branches of government, industry leaders, and policy experts in academic and non-profit organizations, domestically and abroad.

Experience utilizing leadership and management skills in an academic setting or similar complex organization to include service in senior executive or management positions.

Aptitude in collaboration across institutional boundaries and the ability to develop relationships and coordinate with leaders across government and industry.

- Experience teaching at the graduate level.
- Research experience, demonstrated through scholarship, publications, and/or outreach activities.
- Joint Professional Military Education experience

CIC : Demonstrated practitioner/policy experience in one or more of the following areas: Cyber Policy/Strategy; Cyber Security; Information; Operations in the Information Environment; Emerging Technology; and/or Financial Management/Strategy
ES: Demonstrated practitioner/policy experience in one or more of the following areas: Defense resourcing and industrial mobilization; Defense acquisition and logistics; industry analysis; economics; and/or strategic leadership. Professional certification such as Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III, or comparable federal or private sector certification in an area related to the ES mission.
JFSC: Demonstrated practitioner/policy experience in one or more of the following areas: theater and joint task force operations, specifically planning and execution in the J33, J35, and J5 enterprises.


Associate Professor of Practice requires an earned master's degree and is an outstanding practitioner in defense, government, or the private sector working at the Department level with an outstanding record of at least seven years of public service, professional achievements, specialized certifications, and/or regional, national, or international prominence. Known expert within their field. Must have topical expertise, knowledge, outreach, and contributions that add value to c1itical components of the NDU curriculum.

Professor of Practices requires an earned master's degree doctoral degree or equivalent terminal degree preferred, and an outstanding practitioner in defense, government, or the private sector with an outstanding record of at least ten years of public service, professional achievements, specialized certifications, and/or regional, national, or international prominence. Earned national recognition working at the highest levels of government or industry and is a recognized expert, nationally or internationally. Must have valuable expertise, knowledge, outreach, and contributions that add value to critical components of the NDU curriculum.


Education Requirement: An earned master's degree required or other international equivalent terminal degree (doctorate preferred)from a regionally accredited university in a discipline directly related to national security.

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. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel
  • Education
  • National Security Practitioner Experience
  • Policy Experience
  • Research/Scholarship
  • Engagement
The Assessment Questionnaire collects information on your education, training and experience.

You MUST submit a Word document separate from your resume answering the below assessment questions.

Please include experience specific to the College's curriculum area for which you are applying in your responses.
  • Describe your experience as a government or private-sector senior-level executive in fields related to the national security policy.
  • Describe and substantiate your significant, relevant professional experience in leadership, management, and decision-making activities such as strategic planning, strategy development, policy analysis, or policy formulation related to national security.
  • Describe your engagement with industry leaders, policy makers in the executive or legislative branches of government, or policy experts in academic institutions or research institutes, domestically or abroad. Address your experience maintaining professional relationships with policymakers in the US Government, business community, congressional staffs, non-governmental and academic organizations
  • Describe your professional experiences and accomplishments that qualify you to teach a range of curriculum and conduct research relevant to national security strategy.

  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    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.