Dean of Leadership and Ethics




The President, U.S. Naval War College, invites applications for the position of Dean of Leadership and Ethics.

The U.S. Naval War College: The Naval War College is a Professional Military Education (PME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy. U.S. graduates earn a Master of Arts degree in National Security & Strategic Studies, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The College has four main goals: to educate future military and civilian leaders; to conduct research relevant to the Navy and the country, to ensure that naval officers are prepared to plan and lead joint and combined operations worldwide and to strengthen international cooperation to ensure maritime security. More information on the college can be found at

Additionally, the Naval War College is responsible to the Chief of Naval Operations for leadership and professional ethical development of the uniformed members of the Navy at all ranks and is the Executive Agent for Character Development in the Navy.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Dean is responsible to the President, via the Provost of the Naval War College, to plan, coordinate, and oversee actions, initiatives, and efforts in support of leader development across the Navy. Additionally, the Dean will lead in the development of a coherent leader development continuum for Navy personnel in the grades of E-1 through O-10. The Dean will also ensure leadership and ethics curricula within this continuum support the goals established by the Navy Leader Development Strategy and further amplified by the Navy Leader Development Framework. The Dean will coordinate the efforts of the Leader Development Continuum Council (composed of Flag Officer level representatives of the various Navy communities) so that a coherent, synchronized, and integrated leader development continuum is established in all 16 Navy communities and that applicable personnel programs and policies are aligned.

Qualifications: The President seeks candidates who are successful proven leaders in the field of leader development and ethics. Candidates’ accomplishments must merit appointment as a full professor at the Naval War College. The successful candidate must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing military and civilian professionals to include: critical thinking, ethical decision making and strategic and operational leadership. The ideal candidate must possess extensive experience in personal, leadership, and organizational development, strong interpersonal and team building skills, and ethical issues impacting the Department of Defense and a strong commitment to leadership education for the 21st century military and civilian professional.

The ideal candidate must also possess the following:

  •  Demonstrated experience working with senior leadership of the military (civilian and uniformed leadership) relating to the development of personnel.
  •  Demonstrated experience managing and leading organizations to include resource and personnel management within the Department of Defense.
  •  Familiarity with the Department of Defense’s initiative to focus on strengthening the Profession of Arms, especially as it relates to leadership and policies and planning of the force.
  •  An advanced degree in behavioral science, leadership studies, philosophy, education or a related field.

Desired Qualifications:

  •  Demonstrated experience of research processes and associated requirements in order to conduct research in the field of personnel development, especially as it pertains to military members.
  •  Understanding of Navy’s leader development strategy and frameworks.
  •  Terminal degree in the above listed subjects or a related field.

Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and capable of obtaining and maintaining a Top Secret SCI clearance. The selected candidates will be subject to pre-employment drug test screening and to random testing thereafter.

Appointment: This appointment is governed by provisions of 10 USC 7478 as delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, and the regulations of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management which apply to "Excepted" appointments under Schedule A. For the successful candidate, the initial term of appointment is expected to be four years in length with provision for renewal dependent on level of performance.

Salary Considerations: Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous Federal Civil Service package that includes health insurance and retirement saving plans (with employer matching contributions), paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule.

Applications: Applicants must reference VA#NWC-17-20 and forward their application package to: Applications will be accepted until 7 April 2017. The application package must include: (1) cover letter and (2) curriculum vitae (with names and contact information for three references). Any current or prior military service should be described, including assignments, positions held, highest rank attained, and dates of service in the CV or resume. Questions can be emailed to: The Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.