Fort McNair, D.C
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Full Time


NDU educates joint Warfighters in critical thinking and the creative application of military power to inform national strategy and globally integrated operations, under conditions of disruptive change, in order to conduct war.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.
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The National Defense University (NDU) is recruiting for a VP for Academic Affairs and Provost to serve as the Chief Academic Officer of the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development and scholarship.
  • The VP-AA/Provost advises the NDU-P on all academic matters within the University and is a key member of the University executive leadership team. Focuses their leadership on academic excellence, research relevance and integration, strategic planning, change management, institutional improvement and faculty management.
  • Ensures delivery of high quality, coherent, and rigorous academic programs, making use of best practices to support joint education, leader development, and scholarship.
  • As the University's Chief Academic Officer (CAO), the Provost is responsible and accountable for the relevance and efficacy of all academic program curricula design and delivery, research and academic and enterprise business support functions including their regional and joint military accreditation.
  • The Provost provides leadership to the Component Colleges, the Institute for National Strategic Studies, International Student Management Office, NDU Library and Learning Services Center, the Center for Applied Strategic Learning, Health and Wellness Directorate and the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Leads stakeholder engagement for the planning and assessment of NDU's academic programs, courses and curricula including new academic program requirement validation, design and development.
  • Lead Change Management Strategist for Academics and Curriculum
  • Provides leadership for NDU efforts to achieve and/or retain institutional accreditation. Oversees processes to maintain federal degree granting authority as well as regional and specialized accreditation. Monitors compliance of programs with accreditation requirements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - travel is generally 20 - 30% for this position

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

Background or Security Investigation: This is a Special Sensitive position which requires a background investigation. The individual selected for this position is required to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security determination to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must be a U.S. Citizen


  • Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent in a field related to the NDU mission.
  • A minimum of 5 years of senior-level management experience in an institution of higher learning and demonstrated effectiveness as a leader in higher education.
  • Strong record of innovation and institutional improvement. Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively and manage a diverse workforce.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty and senior leaders across an institution and leading teams to enable a culture of collegiality and shared governance.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategically develop and implement a shared vision through open dialogue and transparency.
  • Demonstrated ability to create a climate that fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administration from a range of diverse backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop diverse networks and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders in order to achieve the strategic goals and objectives of an organization.
  • A record of sustained University-level teaching effectiveness in a discipline related to national security studies at an accredited graduate level institution; a strong record of excellence in research/scholarship, outreach/engagement and institutional service.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; with a demonstrated ability to build effective and productive relationships.
  • Experience recruiting, developing and leading/managing faculty/staff.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of organizational vision, mission, strategy and goals and implementing the policies and processes necessary to successfully execute within available resources in a continuously changing environment.
  • Demonstrated record of successfully leading change in complex organizations; includes knowledge of change management principles, methodologies and tools, experience with the completion of change management assessments, ability to identify, analyze and prepare risk mitigation tactics, ability to identify and manage anticipated resistance, ability to consult and coach project teams, experience with the creation of actionable deliverables for the five change management levers: communications plan, sponsor roadmap, coaching plan, training plan, resistance management plan.
  • Experience providing leadership and strategic direction over human capital, financial management and information technology resources across complex organizations.


Education Requirement:
Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent in a field related to the NDU mission.

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

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 telework

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:

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. To qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described above. A NDU screening panel will review your resume and narrative answers to the hiring criteria to evaluate your qualifications for the position. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions. The following competencies will be examined:
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Building Partnerships and Coalitions
  • Results Driven
  • Business Acumen
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
You MUST upload a cover letter separate from your resume addressing the following hiring criteria:

Factor 1: Leadership: Describe your experience providing leadership, management and strategic direction over a large and complex academic institution. Describe your experience bringing about institutional change, and establishing an organizational vision, and implementing necessary policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resourcing in a continuously changing environment.

Factor 2: Building Partnerships and Coalitions: Provide examples that demonstrate your ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen relations with all stakeholders, such as the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies, Academic Institutions, and/or other non-government organizations.

Factor 3: Results Driven: Indicate your experience developing and meeting organizational goals; making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, calculating risks and managing resources across an organization.

Factor 4: Business Acumen: Describe your experience providing leadership and strategic direction over human capital strategy, academic information technology and academic programs such as applied learning, institutional research, and library services.

Factor 5: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Describe how your background has brought and will enhance diversity in the academic program and workplace.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

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
  • Cover letter with narrative responses answering hiring criteria questions listed in the "How you will be evaluated" section of this announcement. Failure to submit will result in an ineligible rating.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.