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U.S. Naval War College
Newport, Rhode Island

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The U.S. Naval War College invites applications and nominations of qualified candidates for the position of Provost to commence the appointment no later than 1 August 2022. 

The Institutional Setting:  The College is first and foremost a federally-funded graduate level Professional Military Education and research institution serving the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense, and the Nation.  Since its founding in 1884 by Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, the Naval War College has been “…a place of original research on all questions relating to war and to statesmanship connected with war, or the prevention of war.”  Annually the College conducts six resident professional military education programs to over 500 students.  The student body consists of members of all the military services, civilians from governmental agencies, and officers from many partner nations.  The College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education to award a Master of Arts Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies, and by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to award Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I and Phase II credit.  The College of Distance Education conducts seven nonresident programs currently reaching 350,000 students, providing JPME I, Introductory, Basic, and Primary PME to sailors stationed around the globe.  The College’s Center for Naval Warfare Studies (CNWS) serves as the research arm of the College, providing maritime-focused war gaming and strategic research with the goal of assisting the Navy’s leadership in defining the future Navy.  Since 1956 the College has maintained a vigorous international program through the Naval Command and Naval Staff Colleges.  With over 55 countries represented each year, a majority of our international graduates go on to achieve the rank of admiral or general in their Service and many become chiefs of their Navy.  The College of Maritime Operational Warfare (CMOW) provides intermediate- and senior-level leadership development and combat readiness programs.  Its curriculum centers on the ever-evolving ethical, operational, and tactical challenges facing today’s naval officers.  CMOW assists the Navy in maintaining Fleet operational readiness.  The College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE) is responsible for leader development and associated strategies for U.S. Navy flag officers delivering courses and tailored activities.  CLE also supports 17 Navy communities in the development and execution of their respective leader development strategies through the Navy’s Leader Development Continuum.  As part of the core curriculum, resident students will take the Leadership in the Profession of Arms (LPA) course.  The primary objective of the LPA course is to provide a developmental experience through a self-learning journey that combines education rigor and professional relevance.  We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds.  More information on the college can be found at

The Position:  The Provost serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the College, and, except for those tasks that must be executed by an active duty officer as a matter of law and/or policy, assumes the responsibilities of the President in their absence.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Exercising effective oversight and coordination of the accomplishment of the College’s functions of professional military education; research, analysis, and gaming; leadership; maritime operational level education, international programs; and mission support.
  • Providing effective oversight of the development, deployment and maintenance of the College’s Strategic Planning Framework to accomplish its mission, functions, and tasks. This shall include but is not limited to the College’s Missions, Functions, and Tasks Statement, the College’s Strategic Plan, its Physical Resource Strategy, its Technology Investment Strategy, its Financial Resources Strategy, the College’s Human Resources Strategy, and the College’s Strategic Communication Plan.
  • Serving as Dean of Faculty and principal advisor to the President on matters pertaining to the recruiting, development, evaluation, promotion, and discipline of civilian faculty members.
  • Overseeing business operations, financial management, internal controls, development of a human capital strategy that embodies the Department of the Navy’s vision for workforce development and talent management and exceeds DoD EEO and Diversity and Inclusion standards. Coordinating the preparation of the College’s annual budget and the College’s participation in the Navy’s Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution process.
  • As the Senior Civilian at the College, the Provost serves as the approving authority for all civilian personnel actions, which includes, but is not limited to, new hires, renewals, promotions, reassignments, details, classification of positions, pay matters, suspensions, reductions in grade, adjudicating administrative grievances, and EEO resolution.
  • The following positions report to the Provost:  all Deans, Associate Provost, Deputy to the Provost, and Library Director.

Required Qualifications and Competencies:  The College seeks candidates who are successful, proven leaders in the academic world.  Candidates must be qualified to hold the appointment of Professor at the College.  Graduate degree required; an earned terminal degree (e.g. Ph.D., Ed.D.) is desired, but candidates with comparable executive-level experience successfully leading large organizations will be considered.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background in teaching, experience with academic institutions, the ability to lead and manage a diverse group of faculty and staff, financial and managerial competence, and an understanding of the unique niche the College occupies for the Navy and the Department of Defense.  The ideal candidate will enable a collaborative executive leadership team that supports a vibrant and diverse community in their pursuit of excellence in education, research, and outreach.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens and capable of obtaining a Department of Defense Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance.  The selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment drug screening test and to random drug testing thereafter.

Appointment and Compensation:  This appointment is governed by provisions of 10 USC § 8748 as delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, and the regulations that apply to “Excepted Service” appointments under Schedule A.  For the successful candidate, the initial term of appointment is expected to be four years in length with provisions for renewal dependent on level of performance.  The entire term of the Provost cannot exceed eight years.  Salary is competitive and accompanied by a generous federal benefit package that includes health insurance and retirement saving plans, paid vacation, paid sick leave, and other benefits.  Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with the Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule.  Expected start date is no later than the 1 August 2022 at the College’s campus in Newport, RI.

Address applications to:  The application should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  Candidates desiring to apply for this important position should send their application package by email to:  [email protected] and must reference VA#NWC-21-10.  Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm (EST) 29 November 2021.

NOTICE OF VETERANS PREFERENCE:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to the excepted service; however, the Department of Defense considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor for hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions. Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim 10-Point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and supporting documents required for specific type of preference claimed. (SF 15, which lists the types of 10-Point Preference and the required supporting documents, is available from the Office of Personnel Management Website at 

Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement dated to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.

The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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