ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/PROFESSOR/PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Fort McNair, D.C
Posted
Mar 05, 2021
Closes
Mar 13, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Perry Center develops and engages the Western Hemisphere's community of defense and security professionals to seek mutually supportive approaches to common challenges in order to develop effective sustainable institutional capacity, and promote a greater understanding of U.S. regional policy.
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Responsibilities

The Assistant/Associate/Professor/Professor of Practice contributes to the WJPC's work on defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere designing policy-relevant academic programs and engagement activities that provide context, promote understanding, establish professional networks and equip hemispheric defense and security professionals to address complex issues effectively. He/she also demonstrates intellectual leadership by contributing to scholarship and clearly articulating desired goals and anticipated impacts relating to the Perry Center's multidisciplinary work on defense and security issues in the hemisphere. Specifically, he/she is knowledgeable about: U.S. policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean; the multidisciplinary nature of insecurity in the Western Hemisphere; the nature, scope and trends relating to Latin America and the Caribbean defense and security sector; national/regional strategies to enhance defense and security outcomes across the hemisphere. The Assistant/Associate/Professor/ Professor of Practice is responsible for: contributing to the Perry Center's portfolio of work in the defense and security realm; developing curricula for academic programs; designing and executing in-residence and virtual courses, workshops and seminars as well as executive-styled academic programs for senior security sector officials; representing the Perry Center in scholarly and policy events; and producing research products in support of the Perry Center's goals.
The incumbent conceptualizes, manages and coordinates the Perry Center's work relating to defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere. He/she identifies and articulates goals to maximize the Center's impact within the portfolio of work, develops and implements a strategy to attain goals and measure impact, and catalyzes professional networks and communities of interest.
The incumbent develops, implements and evaluates assigned academic programs. He/she provides overall direction and management for assigned academic programs by researching scholarly and policy material, designing andragogy, preparing relevant academic material to support programming; building teams of experienced persons to support programs; and preparing instructional guides for adjunct faculty or facilitators. He/she also assesses effectiveness via feedback from participants who, through written evaluations, determine the extent to which programs are meeting the desired objectives.
The incumbent serves as advisor to individual participants or groups of participants during and after academic programs. He/she assists them by explaining key concepts and exploring ways in which they could be applied to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in the countries/organizations represented at the program. He/she promotes careful analysis of complex security-related topics and the development of practical policy-oriented recommendations.

The incumbent conducts professional research on defense and security issues pertinent in the Western Hemisphere in support of curriculum preparation, and contributes original research to the Perry Center research and publications program. He/she conducts policy-relevant strategic analysis and scholarly research, and publishes findings in scholarly/policy journals.

The incumbent maintains a professional network and represents the Perry Center at conferences, functions, and events. He/she maintains professional relationships in order to solicit input to reinforce the quality of Perry Center programs. He/she attends relevant workshops, conferences, and other events that provide an interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that may contribute to the success of Perry Center programs.

The incumbent participates in a range of activities to include serving on administrative committees, leading ad hoc initiatives and mentoring junior staff.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
4

Requirements

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 available for occasional (25%) travel to Latin American and Caribbean countries in support of Perry Center programs.
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be fluent in the Spanish language both orally and written


Qualifications

CRITERIA REQUIRED FOR ACADEMIC RANK
Assistant Professor Required
- An earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
- A minimum of 3 years of professional or academic experience working on defense and security issues in Latin America or the Caribbean (LACC) or relevant university-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing courses and teaching multidisciplinary topics relating to defense and security issues at a regionally accredited college or university.
- Deep understanding of contemporary defense and security challenges, trends, and priorities. Demonstrated experience providing direction and management for LACC-focused academic programs by researching scholarly and policy material, designing andragogy, preparing relevant academic material to support programming.
- Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to contemporary and emerging security issues in the Western Hemisphere (e.g., region-wide security trends; combating violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Perry Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Perry Center programs.
- Professional fluency in Spanish, English. Portuguese or French is desirable.

Associate Professor Required

- An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
- A minimum of 5 years relevant university-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing curriculum and teaching multidisciplinary topics related to defense and security studies pertinent to Latin America or the Caribbean at a regionally accredited college or university of which a minimum of 2 years must be at the graduate level.
- Deep understanding of contemporary defense and security challenges, trends, and priorities in the Western Hemisphere. Demonstrated experience providing direction and management for LACC-focused academic programs by researching scholarly and policy material, designing andragogy, preparing relevant academic material to support programming.
- Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to contemporary and emerging Western Hemisphere defense and security issues (e.g., region-wide security trends; combating violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Perry Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Perry Center programs.
- Professional fluency in Spanish, English. Portuguese or French is desirable.

Professor Required

- An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
- A minimum of 8 years relevant university-level teaching experience or equivalent level of instructional experience designing curriculum and teaching multidisciplinary subjects relating to defense and security studies impacting defense and security in the Western Hemisphere at a regionally accredited college or university.
- Deep understanding of defense and security challenges, trends, and priorities in the Western Hemisphere. Demonstrated experience providing direction and management for LACC-focused academic programs by researching scholarly and policy material, designing andragogy, preparing relevant academic material to support programming.
- Demonstrated in-depth experience in conducting scholarly and policy research with publication track record relating to contemporary and emerging defense and security issues in the Western Hemisphere (e.g., region-wide security trends; combating violent extremism and terrorism; enhancing defense/security sector institutional capacity, oversight, and accountability; and security cooperation).
Excellent communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Perry Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Perry Center programs.
- Professional fluency in English, Spanish is required. Portuguese or French is desirable.

Preferred Qualifications
- Experience in national security policy development with governmental and/or non-governmental organizations.
- Established network of professional contacts, especially with senior civilian and uniformed actors engaged in the Western Hemisphere's defense and security sector, LACC think tanks, universities, NGOs and strategic studies centers.

Professor of Practice Required

- An earned masters degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.
- A minimum of 10 years professional or academic experience working on defense/security issues impacting the Western Hemisphere. Demonstrated experience/ability to advise Western Hemisphere leaders by explaining key defense and security concepts and exploring ways to apply them to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in Latin American/Caribbean countries/ organizations.
- Deep understanding of Western Hemisphere defense and security challenges, trends, and priorities.

Excellent multi-lingual communication and presentation skills and demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies and organizations. Must demonstrate the ability to maintain professional networks and represent the Perry Center at conferences, functions, and events that interface with a wide variety of institutions and individuals that contribute to the success of Perry Center programs.
- Professional fluency in English and Spanish is required. Portuguese or French skills are desirable .

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

Assistant Professor Required
An earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.

Associate Professor Required
An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.

Professor Required
An earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in a national security affairs related or other appropriate discipline or field.

Additional information

WJPC 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. WJPC 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: http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/1400.25-V300.pdf
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. DSCA uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. The following questions will be reviewed by the DSCA 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 Center's curriculum focus for which you are applying in your responses.

1. Please describe your experience working on defense and security issues impacting the Western Hemisphere, advising program participants and/or Latin American/Caribbean leaders on key defense and security concepts and how to apply to problem-solving, policy development and institution strengthening in LACC countries and/or organizations.

2. Please describe your ability to develop and execute Western Hemisphere defense and security focused academic programs through curriculum development, research and preparing course materials.

3. Please describe your experience and ability to conduct scholarly and policy research and to publish scholarly articles relating to contemporary and emerging defense and security issues impacting the Western Hemisphere.

4. Please describe your ability to build collaborative relationships across agencies/organizations and your ability to present on topics and engage in effective communication to maintain professional networks.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
No

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

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

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- On WORD DOCUMENT separate from your resume
  • 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.