Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs

U.S. National Defense University
  • Location
    Fort McNair, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Oct 26

Position description

The National Defense University is recruiting for a Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs for the College of Information and CyberSpace (CIC.) The Dean is principally responsible to the VP-AA/Provost and their Component Head for the management and governance of the academic mission and their respective academic/research programs. Serves as the executive head of the
faculty and as chief academic officer, in collaboration with the Component Head, with responsibility for the development, implementation and assessment of its college's strategic plan.

The CIC serves as the Department of Defense's (DoD's) principal educational resource for the Services, the Joint Staff, the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD(P)) senior staffs for senior-level education regarding information and cyberspace strategy, policy, and warfare. As such, the CIC is responsible for a number of programs associated with leveraging information and information technology to achieve strategic objectives through cyberspace capabilities.

NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.

This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension.


Principal academic and policy adviser to the VP-AA/Provost and Component Head on all matters pertaining to the curriculum, accreditation, and faculty of their associated academic programs.

Provides the leadership, management, and expertise necessary to accomplish University-wide and component: strategic and operational academic program planning and assessment;

Ensures a comprehensive college oversight policy and assessment program to deliver an effective, high quality, graduate-level academic program.

Leads a rigorous process of planning and assessing the curriculum to ensure: it remains relevant to the national security environment; compliant with governing commissions, the curriculum appropriately reflects the mission of College; and is pedagogically sound.

Serves as an academic and educational advisor on University Dean's Council, the College Academic Policy Council (APC) and other governance councils

Teaches core, concentration, or elective courses as needed to maintain contact with College courses, classrooms, and students, and to support delivery of the College curriculum.

Maintains currency, expertise, and professional stature in the field through research and publication of scholarly work.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

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 Top Secret/SCI security determination to occupy a Special Sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.


To qualify for this position, you must:

  • Have a doctoral degree or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or international equivalent) in a cyberspace, information operations, information technology, information warfare, systems management, computer science, law, public policy or related field. Professional experience in cyberspace or related field
  • Have a substantial record of excellence in teaching, continuing scholarship, and service contributions within an appropriate field of academic study. Experience in graduate-level education is strongly preferred.
  • Have a demonstrated successful record of leadership achievements, innovation and managerial skills.
  • Have demonstrated successful experience as a department head or as associate dean in an academic institution, or an equivalent leadership position. Must have a proven record for building partnerships and coalitions at similar or larger/more complex organizations.
  • Have a demonstrated record of successfully leading change in an organization of similar or larger size/more complex including involved in developing the organizational vision and implementing policies and procedures to achieve this vision within available resources in a continuously changing environment.
  • Have experience providing leadership and strategic direction over personnel management across complex organizations.


  • Experience working in the interagency, joint, multi-service, or multi-national military environment.
  • Knowledge of public and/or private sector academic institutions' organization, structure, and operations.
  • Familiarity with the missions, organization, and operations of the Department of Defense.
  • Experience managing at the highest levels within a large diverse academic environment.
  • Senior service college graduate level education preferred.

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.

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