Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jun 14, 2021
Jun 22, 2021
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. The professional faculty and staff at DAU work in a strong team environment to continuously improve the ways we help our students learn by delivering the right knowledge and skills at the point of need. Come join this dynamic team using your expertise to make a real impact in the acquisition community.

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This position serves as the Dean, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) in DAU, leading a workforce that delivers knowledge and skill at the point of need, and providing strategic consulting and coaching expertise to executive levels and customer organizations across the Department of Defense. The Dean is responsible for creation and sustainment of an enriched environment across four learning centers, delivering learning and consulting services through materials, classes, tailored workshops or one-on-one engagements:
  • The Executive Center - Supports continuous learning by senior acquisition leaders and their teams. Provides high-end consulting support to PEOs and SYSCOMs to help them manage MDAPs and complex services acquisitions.
  • The Requirements Center - Provides congressionally-mandated training for workforce members and executives who manage DoD warfighting capability needs.
  • The International Acquisition Center - Provides training in the areas of international acquisition and exportability across all phases of the capability life cycle.
  • The Leadership Center - Offers a portfolio of learning assets to enhance the development of acquisition leaders at varied career levels. This center also manages the DAU Executive Coaching Program.
    • Incumbent must demonstrate expert acquisition knowledge, leading the DSMC workforce as the college provides executive-level consulting to senior executives, flag officers, general officers and other senior leaders in charge of major federal acquisition programs.
    • Leads and manages programs for strategic consulting, executive coaching, process improvement, innovative practices and management of acquisition program offices.
    • Conducts Program Management Reviews across the DSMC portfolio of learning assets and engagement ensuring across the spectrum of learning, development, and engagement the customer needs are through frictionless learning, world class content, and connected network environment.
    • Partners with the DAU Executive Leadership team to plan and implement goals and initiatives in the 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.
    • Maintains digital fluency, currency and actively use university technology, digital and social media platforms for curation, creation and delivery of learning to customers and students.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel is generally 25% or less for this position

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Top Secret background investigation required
    • Drug Testing designated position


    Pay Band E Minimum Prerequisites
  • At least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal service.
  • You must have achieved DAWIA Level III certification in an acquisition workforce discipline or have the ability to obtain this certification within 24 months of appointment.
  • Experience Required: A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the appropriate acquisition functional area.
  • Experience Highly Desired: Ten (10) or more years of experience in the appropriate acquisition functional area is highly desired, preferably significant program management experience as a senior leader with major acquisition programs, holding positions such as a Program Executive Officer (PEO) or Industry equivalent, Program Manager or Deputy Program Manager of a Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP). Experience may be in government, defense industry, or commercial sector positions.
  • The President of DAU has the authority to waive one or more of these criteria.

  • Education

    Requirements for Band E include a minimum of a Bachelor level degree from an accredited institution, in an appropriate discipline unless waived by the university President. A Master's Degree is highly desired.

    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 telework.

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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 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.
    • 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 1 year if one has not already been completed.
    • Drug Testing: This position may be subject to random drug testing.

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

    Appropriate experts within the Defense Acquisition University will evaluate applications. Salary determination is based on the requirements of the position as well as the qualifications of the selected applicant as aligned with the evaluation criteria for each Pay Band.

    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
  • Transcripts from Accredited college or university
  • 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.
  • Other documents identified in the announcement.
  • 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 the 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.
    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.