Dean, School of Security Cooperation Studies, AD-1701-09
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Required Education: Master’s
Salary: $97,962 -$183,300
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: B 424
Defense Security Cooperation University
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
Wright Patterson AFB, OH or Arlington, VA
(Salary Range $97,962 - $183,300)
This is an Excepted appointment for an initial three years, which may be renewed every three years. This position is located in the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Defense Security Cooperation University (DSCU).
DSCA's mission is to advance U.S. defense and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign partners in order to encourage and enable allies and partners to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation (SC) enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners.
DSCA administers SC programs that support U.S. policy interests and objectives identified by the White House, Department of Defense (DoD), and Department of State (DoS). These objectives include developing specific partner capabilities, building alliances and partnerships, and facilitating U.S. access.
DSCA integrates SC activities in support of a whole-of-government approach; provides execution guidance to DoD entities that implement SC programs; exercises financial and program management for the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system and many other SC programs; and educates and provides for the long-term development of the SC workforce.
DSCU is the DoD’s Center of Excellence for security cooperation education and training, and international training, education, and advising. DSCU supports the DSCA’s mission of training, educating, and providing for the long-term development of the SC workforce and enabling partner nations (PNs) to effectively and responsibly manage their security institutions. The School of Security Cooperation Studies is responsible for providing the education and training required to complete Security Cooperation Workforce certification requirements. Through the work of DSCU, U.S. and PN personnel become SC community practitioners and responsible, effective members of security establishments committed to the rule of law, civilian control over the military, and respect for democracy and international human rights.
Primary duties include:
The duties of the Dean of the School for Security Cooperation Studies (SSCS) encompass policy and program development, Supervisory Duties and Program Advice and Consultation.
The Dean serves as the Deputy Assistant Director (Deputy AD)/Dean of the SSCS. Serves as the Chief Executive Officer for SSCS and has overall responsibility for the School of Security Cooperation Studies.
As the Deputy AD/Dean, serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the School and is responsible for the development and implementation of the educational policies and procedures necessary to achieve the academic objectives of the university.
Provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the school’s programs, including academics, accreditation, finance, planning, student affairs, enrollment, advancement, and other key areas. The incumbent is responsible for the development of a dynamic, visionary, and cohesive leadership team within the school.
Ensures the strategic direction and policies of the SSCS are aligned with the larger DSCU mission.
Responsible for overseeing the accreditation process for DSCU on behalf of the President.
As the Deputy AD, the incumbent’s principal responsibility is planning, development, implementation, assessment and improvement of all programs and policies.
The incumbent works to advance SSCS as a highly regarded educational entity, renowned for academic rigor, innovation, and the achievements of its community of scholars which includes the schools’ commitment to research and scholarship with a distinctive emphasis on excellence in strategically defined areas.
Develops programmatic metrics to facilitate the full integration of operations in order to support reports to Congress and Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD), and to develop program reviews and evaluations. This includes performing continuous review and analysis of the overall program accomplishments (via information briefs, technical reports, etc.) to evaluate the technical quality of accomplishments, compliance with mandates, and program performance.
In coordination with the directors of subordinate SSCS academic elements, the incumbent determines the faculty and resources required to devote to instructional activities. Defines and justifies short and long range requirements and develops alternative programs and recommends changes in program emphasis and program policy to higher level authority, as appropriate.
Determines means to effectively use available funds and, as necessary, reduce costs.
Selects and/or approves the selection of staff and performs related managerial duties. Supervises professional staff ranging across both the General Schedule (GS) and Administratively Determined (AD) Pay Schedules. Carries out first line-supervisory and second-line supervisory responsibilities.
The incumbent plans the work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short term priorities, sets deadlines for completion of work, and assigns work to subordinates based on priorities. Furnishes advice and guidance on problems. Reviews completed work for conformance to established standards, policies, and regulations and responsiveness. Reviews and approves performance appraisals.
Ensures immediate response to emergent requirements by reassigning employees and approving overtime as needed. Makes formal and informal recommendations for other personnel actions; Hears and resolves complaints and grievances from employees; refers unresolved complaints to higher level management; and effects minor disciplinary action, such as warnings and reprimands and recommends other action in more serious cases; Identifies employees’ developmental needs and approves/provides for necessary training.
Oversees the development of reports and other assessment tools for a myriad of complex reporting requirements, both external to DSCA and for internal Agency use.
Monitors the effectiveness of ongoing SSCS programs, and establishes and oversees comprehensive reviews of program functions, processes, and services in each functional area to ensure a high level of performance and customer satisfaction.
Establishes metrics, performance standards, and short and long-range strategic plans and schedules action plans necessary to implement goals and objectives of programs supporting the mission of DSCA. Independently plans and accomplishes all assigned responsibilities, making authoritative decisions, when necessary. Completed work is considered to be technically authoritative and sound, and normally accepted without significant change.
Provides subject matter expert (SME) advice, assistance, and recommendations to senior/executive DSCA/OSD and other defense officials. Exercises professional and technical judgment, innovative thinking, and collaboration with a broad set of Agency, inter-agency, and other stakeholders to solve problems and advance the Agency’s mission. Positions SSCS to be a leading edge organization to provide consultation and advice in an educational setting; brings SSCS to the forefront in not only training and education, but in adult education for professionals in the security sector – and brings knowledge and guidance for how to successfully administer curriculum in virtual learning environments to benefit U.S. and Partner Nation students.
Serves as one of the principals within DSCU for interfacing with foreign representatives on SC education support matters. Represents DSCU, DSCA and the United States Government (USG) in meetings with international leaders, both in the U.S. and abroad to further DSCA's strategic outreach goals and objectives.
Ensures the School faculty develops and maintains professional, mutually-supportive relationships with organizations fostering a strong sense of partnership and cooperation.
Participates in various Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) and other classroom instruction to aid the School in ensuring compliance with mandatory DoD educational policies, DSCA travel policies, and DSCU policies. Will meet with senior USG, industry, and international representatives during these events to coordinate educational efforts as needed and provide feedback to DSCU and DSCA leadership.
A graduate degree (PhD preferred) in a discipline that support the needs of DSCU and significant prior experience in international security policy and strategy development, comparative political systems and defense organization and management, with a focus on Security Cooperation activities.
Possess mastery of leadership and communication skills.
Demonstrated leadership experience in an academic, government or military setting.
Mastery knowledge of the instructional programs and an extensive knowledge of educational theory, research based best practices, National Standards, Core Learning Goals, and Learner outcomes.
Extensive knowledge of the school improvement planning process and curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation.
Ability to collect, analyze, and use data to plan for curriculum reform.
Writing and technology skills necessary for producing comprehensive reports and making presentations.
Must have demonstrated leadership experience in an academic, government or military academic setting.
Skill in persuasive negotiation with senior officials in order to justify, defend and resolve significant and/or controversial program issues.
Skill in making sound and authoritative decisions and recommendations to resolve inquiries on technical and administrative problems.
Ability to plan alignment of curriculum, assessment, and instruction in compliance with standards.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster open communication and collaboration.
Excellent oral and written communications and human relations skills.
Must be a United States Citizen.
Must be able obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.
Must be able to pass pre-employment and random drug testing.
All Federal Employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 by November 22, 2021. Proof of vaccination will be required. To ensure you are in compliance with this mandate, please review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following: https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/
Must submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450.
Must be able to work other than normal hours, which may include evening, weekends, and/or holidays and/or overtime.
Must be able to travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
Recruitment and Relocation Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates and salary will be based on commensurate experience/education.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
This position may be offered situational telework.
In addition to qualifications, DSCU is also looking for the following Core Competencies in an applicant:
Academic Excellence: Commitment to personal, professional, and SC workforce innovation and growth through academics and integrity.
Accountability: Maintaining the highest integrity in meeting the standards of the DoD, Congress, and the U.S. taxpayer at a reasonable cost.
Agility: Providing education, support, and relevant information in a timely and efficient manner.
Collaboration: Leveraging the knowledge of the SC community in order to develop valuable and timely SC academic curriculum.
Community: Dedication to building and upholding relationships within the SC community and adding value to the workforce.
Diversity: The university workforce is a rich representation of diverse experience and thought.
Applications are accepted from October 7, 2021 to through October 28, 2021 at midnight EST. Please include: A CV/resume and a statement of interest which includes (professional expertise, specialty, and relevant research, publications) Names and contact information for references may be requested later. (The system only allows you to send three documents. Any additional documents can be sent to the e-mail address below). A copy of your graduate degree transcript(s) is required. We will accept an unofficial transcript during the application process, however you must provide an official graduate degree transcript before a contingent offer can be extended.
NOTE: IF YOU ARE A VETERAN, Veteran’s preference is treated as a positive merit factor for DSCU positions. We strongly encourage you to indicate if you are a veteran in your application when applying to DSCU positions and you must provide a copy of your signed DD-214 (member 4 copy), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation.
Are you a current active duty service member? If yes, you are required to submit a statement of service printed on command letterhead and signed by the command. The statement of service must provide the branch of service, rate/rank, all dates of service, the expected date of discharge and anticipated character of service (Honorable, General, etc.).
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DSCA’s mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. DSCA leads the broader U.S. security cooperation enterprise in its efforts to train, educate, advise, and equip foreign partners.Organization Type: Government AgencyDSCA delivers effective, enduring, and timely partner capabilities that advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.