Commandant of Cadets

Job description

Job no: 495923
Work type: Full Time Permanent - Staff
Location: Charleston
Categories: Commandant/Cadet Activities
Payscale: Unclassified


The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, invites applications for the position of Commandant of Cadets.

Founded in 1842 and located on a 130-acre campus in historic Charleston, The Citadel is one of thirteen public, senior institutions within the South Carolina state system of higher education. The Citadel is also one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. The institution is a fully accredited, comprehensive, coeducational college offering undergraduate and graduate degrees through the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics. Through a full-time faculty, the College provides academic programs leading to B.A., B.S., M.A., M.A.E., M.A.T., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S., and Ed. S. degrees. In the current Best Colleges ratings published by U.S. News & World Report, The Citadel is ranked first in its category for a tenth consecutive year.

The Citadel’s mission is to educate and develop students to become principled leaders in all walks of life by instilling the core values of The Citadel in a disciplined and intellectually challenging environment. The cadet lifestyle provides a disciplined environment that supports the four pillars of The Citadel Experience: character, academics, military, and fitness. The Corps of Cadets, all of whom live in barracks on campus, includes over 2,300 undergraduates drawn from almost every state in the union and foreign countries.


The Commandant participates as a key member of the President’s senior staff and strategic planning group. The Commandant must be able to effectively supervise a diverse staff of senior and mid-level reserve and retired officers and civilian employees. A demonstrated commitment to principled, ethical leadership and professional education is required. The Commandant must have recent professional experience in the development of young leaders. The successful candidate should possess and maintain a level of physical condition that will allow participation with cadets during physical training and present the military appearance of the candidate’s respective service. The Commandant of Cadets reports directly to the President and is responsible for the leadership training, administration, fitness (physical, mental, spiritual), housing, 24 hour training schedule, cadet club activities, as well as the overall good order and discipline of the Corps of Cadets. The successful candidate must have the following:

  • Extensive military background with a minimum of 20 years of service in one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and attained the rank of Colonel (O-6).
  • Background in the command of military units (O-6 level) is required in order to provide the senior leadership for the Corps of Cadets.
  • Must have earned a bachelor's degree
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external groups; and individuals.

The Commandant must also have ONE of the following:

  • Experience at a Senior Military College
  • Experience at a Federal Service Academy
  • Graduated from a Senior Military College or from a Federal Service Academy


A master's degree preferred. Preferred education and experience include the following; a degree or formal training in a field related to leadership with demonstrated practical experience in leadership positions responsible for the development of leaders.


This position requires the incumbent to reside in designated quarters on campus.

Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Resumes will not be reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position. Candidates must submit a letter outlining the candidate’s interest for this position with an explanation of how their background aligns with The Citadel vision and mission and qualifies them for this position. Applicants indicating college credit or degree(s) on the application may be required to present an official copy of the college transcript upon employment.

Advertised: Nov 02 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Jan 03 2021 Eastern Standard Time




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Posted: 11/3/2020
Application Due: 1/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time