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Director of Applied Communications and Learning Laboratory

U.S. Army War College
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
$127,277-$146,476 per year.

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Director of Applied Communications and Learning Laboratory




U.S. Army War College


Office of the Provost




About the Position: This is a full-time faculty position as provided under Title 10 USC 4021. Initial appointment may be up to three years, the first of which may be a trial period. Appointment may be renewed in one- to five-year increments thereafter. Academic rank and salary will be based on academic credentials, experience, and professional accomplishments.



This job is open to


The public


U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.



Clarification from the agency


See "Who May Apply" in the "Qualifications" section for more information on who is eligible to apply for this position.





Provide effective and innovative leadership to a team focused on executive communication in an adult learning environment.


Form cohesive and high functioning teams from across the institution; develop an organizational vision and lead efforts to realize that vision.


Directly supervise up to 5 employees and indirectly manage additional contract support personnel.


Provide financial management and oversight of funding and contracts.


Develop and manage programs for developing senior and executive-level communication competencies applied in a national security context.


Engage in outreach; identify best practices; connect and develop relationships with academic, civilian, and military institutions.


Identify opportunities for innovation and experimentation in developing executive communication skills.


Serve as a change agent. Lead efforts aimed at organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development.


Work collaboratively across a wide range of stakeholders to improve communication outcomes across all educational programs.


Teach, conduct research, and provide internal/external service relating to the items described above.




Conditions of Employment


Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.


Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


This position has a travel requirement up to 10% of the time.




Who May Apply: US Citizens



This is a full-time term appointment in the excepted service not to exceed 3 years. Appointment may be extended in one- to five-year increments thereafter. As a term employee you will be eligible for medical insurance, life insurance, retirement, dental and vision. You will be eligible to earn annual leave and sick leave.



Qualification Requirements:



Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; or Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; or Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.



In addition to meeting the Qualification Requirements above, applicants will be rated on the following:



SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR/KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Applicants will be rated on the criteria listed below:



1. Demonstrated skill in leadership and management such as experience with project management, including personnel and financial management.


2. Skill in refined verbal, writing, and visual communication such as, advising senior governmental leaders and assessing and/or developing executive communication.


3. Ability to provide graduate-level professional military education and faculty development in an adult learning environment.


4. Interpersonal skills such as, working collegially with diverse (military, civilian, foreign) graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators; professional network enabling access to academic institutions, think tanks, government agencies, senior military commands, non-governmental organizations, etc.


5. Demonstrated ability as an instructor, curriculum developer, instructional designer, and/or faculty developer, particularly at the graduate or executive level and preferably in a professional military education environment.


6. Ability to advise student and faculty research projects.


7. Academic Accomplishment: Graduate degree in communications or a field relating the curriculum of the Army War College is preferred. A terminal degree is preferred.





FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:



Additional information


Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.


You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.


One year trial/probationary period may be required.


Direct deposit of pay is required.


If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.


This is an Engineers and Scientists (non-construction) Career Field position.


Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.


When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit more information.


Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.


Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized.


This position is not eligible for regular and recurring telework. This position is eligible for situational telework only, including emergency and OPM prescribed "unscheduled telework". Situational telework is sometimes also referred to as episodic, intermittent, unscheduled, or ad-hoc telework. Situational telework is approved on a case-by-case basis, where the hours worked were not part of a previously approved, ongoing, and regular telework schedule.




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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



How You Will Be Evaluated


You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.



Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the experience and education requirements listed on this announcement. If you are one of thetop candidates, you may be invited to interview. Depending on the strength of the applicant pool, this process may take several months after the closing date of the job announcement. If selected, you will receive atentative job offer. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.



Required Documents


1. Letter of application addressing the required KSAs and other qualifications, as listed in the QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED section above.


2. Curriculum vitae or résumé.


3. Academic transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level). Unofficial transcripts are required with your application submission. You must provide official college transcripts upon request.


4. Name, title, address, and current contact information from three disinterested professional references (i.e., persons who can affirm the candidate's qualifications but have no stake in the outcome of the selection).


5. A short narrative of one page or less that describes how you would contribute to an atmosphere of valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the U.S. Army War College through teaching, scholarship, and/or service.



If you claim veteran's preference, you must submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD 214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, Letter from the VA, etc).



NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.



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.



How to Apply


To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.



The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on06/21/2024 to receive consideration.



To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (


Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.


You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.


Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.


To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:


Agency contact information


 Army Applicant Help Desk











Carlisle Barracks, PA 17013




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Next steps


If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.



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