Fort McNair, D.C
Jan 21, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The Director develops and implements Center activities consistent with DoD regional policy guidance as issued by OUSD(P). The Director works closely with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs (DASD (WHA)) who will provide timely regional and/or country-specific guidance. The Director assures that Center activities support the objectives of the National Defense Strategy, and complements other approved guidance by the Department, such as the National Military Strategy, as well as guidance for engagements with allies and partner and conducting security cooperation activities. The Director ensures that activities are conducted in accordance with laws and policies governing U.S. interaction with foreign countries.

The Director exercises authority, direction, and control over the Center with support from staff and faculty. The incumbent establishes internal objectives and, in consultation with DASD-WHA and the lead Geographic Combatant Command (GCC), formulates short and long­ range plans, programs and major initiatives for approval by the USD(P) or his/her representative. The Director shall ensure the Center provides a professional academic program for foreign mid- and senior military officers, civilian officials, nongovernmental personnel, and select U.S. officials.

Program Planning

As directed by the USD(P) or his/her representative, and in coordination with the Director, DSCA, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation, organize the resources necessary to develop, implement, and assess resident and non-resident classroom-based activities and outreach in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 342.

Program Design and Evaluation

Oversee and evaluate an academically-based program for foreign mid- and senior-level civilian officials and military officers from regional nations to stimulate student thinking about strategy, policy, and defense decision-making; deepen their understanding of security threats, challenges, and regional and global cooperation; promote understanding of the security policies and concerns of partner nations; and foster enduring relationships with U.S. partner nations.

Program Direction

Exercise executive direction over all aspects of the Center, in coordination with the policy guidance provided by DASD-WHA. This encompasses the formulation, implementation and refinement of educational and outreach programs that accomplish the mission of the Center and are consistent with current laws, DoD policy, goals, and objectives, and other applicable security cooperation guidance. Direct the resident, non-resident, and outreach programs offered by the Center in accordance with DoD policies. Oversee the design, development, and refinement the Center's core academic program and other curricula.

Resource Management

Oversee all budget and programming activities for the Center. Coordinate the budget with DSCA, OSD Policy, and other relevant DoD entities. Determine the need for financial, manpower and other resource changes based on OSD and GCC requirements and on corporate level knowledge of current and long-range priorities for resident programs, outreach, and research, and provide proposed changes to the USD(P) or his/her designated representative for approval.

Personnel Management and EEO

Exercise overall supervision of all civilian and military positions. Oversee the selection process of all faculty and administrative staff, contractors, and/or consultants. Supervise all aspects of personnel management to include ensuring that organizational objectives are translated into individual performance plans.

Organizational Representation/Liaison

Provide advice and assistance to senior officials throughout the U.S. Government, Congress, the U.S. Department of State, and foreign governments as requested and as approved by the USD(P) and his/her designated representative. Conduct required representational functions with high-ranking visitors, foreign dignitaries, senior government officials, leaders of academic institutions, professional associations, and others. Address public interest in the Center by providing scholarly professional papers, lectures or briefings to groups (or individuals) representing the general public and the private sector.

Policy and Directives Implementation

Implement DoD regulations and directives and OSD Policy guidance for the Center. Ensure implementation of policies through extensive evaluation and direct management of the Center's resident offerings, research, and outreach programs. Maintain close liaison with officials in OSD and GCCs with pertinent areas of regional and functional responsibility, and other U.S. agencies.

Professional Leadership

Prepare and deliver lectures and seminars on subjects associated with the Center's curricula. Assign responsibilities and approve procedures for reporting the Center's academic and outreach activities to DSCA and OSD.

Perform other duties as assigned


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Pursuant to the Executive Order on Requiring COVID 19 Vaccination for Federal Employees, new DoD civilian employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 prior to entry on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law.
  • More details regarding vaccine requirements can be found at Selected candidates will receive further information during the job offer process.
  • Suitable for Federal Employment
  • This national security position, which may require access to classified information, requires a favorable suitability review and security clearance as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.
  • Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Required to file Standard Form 278 Public Financial Disclosure Report
  • Drug Testing required; drug testing designated position.
  • Extensive overseas travel to developing nations is required
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)


Basic Education Requirement: A Master's degree is required in accordance with the National Defense University Regulation 690-4, however, a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline (International Affairs, International Security, or related field) is preferred.

Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish language is required.

In addition to the education requirement and the language requirement, the following specialized experience is required to qualify for this position:
  • Executive level skills or equivalent at the general officer, flag officer, or SES level or in management of senior level training and education programs and knowledge of how these programs operate within DoD.
  • Knowledge of executive level DoD Defense operations in support of national security policy and objectives, and ability to apply such knowledge to an international education mission.
  • Knowledge of Western Hemisphere security, and policy issues to include U.S Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and international security affairs in the Western Hemisphere theater
  • Ability to develop cooperative relationships with executive and ministerial level leaders of the Western Hemisphere [Perry Center's Area of Responsibility (AOR)] governments and international organizations.
  • Ability to acquire, integrate, and administer resources necessary to accomplish a complex international educational mission.
  • Ability to lead an educational institution.

  • Additional Qualifications
  • Demonstrated success in building teams and leading collaboratively, working effectively with others in a diverse environment; ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with Center personnel and representatives of various external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability for innovation, critical, strategic, and analytical skills, and operate with the highest standards of personal and professional conduct
  • Demonstrated ability to act with discretion, maintain confidentiality and display a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Extensive senior professional level experience relevant to the mission and the region it supports.
  • Successful record of leadership and achievement in supervising and leading civilian employees and military members.

  • 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 is not substitutable for specialized experience for this grade level.

    Education Requirement: A Master's degree is required in accordance with the National Defense University Regulation 690-4, however, a doctoral degree or equivalent terminal or professional degree in an appropriate discipline (International Affairs, International Security, or related field) is preferred.

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

    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 telework.

    Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 18 months.

    Supervisory Probationary Period: 18 month probationary period is required regardless if the incumbent previously served in a probationary period status in the Federal government or at NDU/DSCA/WJPC.

    Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at