US Department of Defense - Fort McNair, DC4.3

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

ISMO advances joint security cooperation among international security leaders through student services, education, training, and engagement.


Position Overview:
This position manages the Field Studies Program to include delivery of academic content, assessment of student learning outcomes, curriculum development, coordination with the American Studies program, and coordination with other NDU colleges to integrate Field Studies curriculum objectives within the larger academic objectives of professional military education.

Major Duties:
Develops, plans and implements a comprehensive Field Studies Program (FSP) in order to expose senior International Fellows (IFs) to a free and democratic society while they are in the United States attending NDU. Designs a dynamic and continuous program consisting of multiple field trips throughout the United States to agencies spanning the spectrum of American society, from multinational corporations to town hall meetings. Organizes and schedules local area tours and community cultural activities, in accordance with Security Assistance guidance and regulations.

Researches, plans and executes the selection and scheduling of FSP trips and is responsible for all associated logistical support. Ensures timely publication of academic materials for FSP participants. Requires multicultural, political and diplomatic sensitivity to ensure successful execution to meet USG security assistance and security cooperation objectives. Conducts program assessment to determine the value of visits relative to stipulated Department of Defense criteria for the FSP.

Manages, schedules and de-conflicts with other office functions. Interprets policy and program objectives for practicum planners, and oversees program budgets. Coordinates with leadership across NDU to integrate practicum objectives within the overall PME program objectives and to integrate practicum schedules with the collegiate academic calendars. Coordinates with ISMO staff to identify available planning resources and align available planners with Field Study Practicums.

Sets the strategic direction of ISMO Field Studies Programs, in collaboration with ISMO staff, the Provost's staff and other academic administrators, and provides administrative oversight for curriculum design and new program development.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - 40% or more.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science


Conditions of Employment
Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non Critical 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 position within the agency as a condition of employment.

Must have a Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited higher education institution in a field related to American Studies, Government, International Relations, International Studies, Comparative Politics, American History, Political Philosophy, Political Science, History, Higher Education, and Educational Leadership
One year of experience in strategic planning, curriculum development, program management or academic instruction, to include program and policy development.
Exceptional skill in writing and oral communications techniques in order to develop and convey assessments and recommendations to senior leaders.
Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships across and outside the university; ability to work with campus executives, deans, department chairs and faculty members
Knowledge of applicable federal laws and Department of Defense (DoD) regulations pertaining to security assistance programs, including International Military Education and Training (IMET) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Joint Professional Military Education (JPME)
Proficiency with one or more foreign languages
Additional information
This is a Title 10 Excepted Service Appointment. Appointment is not to exceed 3 years with the possibility for extension. Applications for this vacancy require a narrative assessment questionnaire to be completed by each applicant and uploaded as a separate document with submission. The required narrative questions are listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Responses to the narrative questions must be completed and uploaded with the other specified required documents.

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 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:
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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. NDU uses a multi-tier selection process for academic positions You must attach a separate document with answers to the questions listed below. The following questions will be reviewed by the NDU screening panel.

Experience: Describe your experience in strategic planning, curriculum development, program management, or academic instruction to include program and policy development.
Communication: Describe your skill in writing and oral communications techniques in order to develop and convey assessments and recommendations to senior leaders.
Engagement: Describe your experience developing, maintaining, and strengthening relations with academic and senior leadership across departments and institutions. Highlight examples of successful partnerships in which you have facilitated.
Security Assistance Programs: Describe your experience with activities relevant to areas of security assistance programs especially with international students, university administration and leadership in military and government settings.
Language Proficiency: Describe your foreign language proficiencies.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
Word Document with answers to questions in the How You Will be Evaluated Section of Job Announcement
Complete Assessment Questionnaire
Academic Transcripts
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, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank. If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference - ) substantiating your claim.
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.


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