Academic Dean for the Department of Defense, African Center for Strategic Studies

Closing Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 

Salary: $131,535.00 to $169,867.00 / annual

The position of Academic Dean requires a doctoral degree relevant to the Africa Center’s, e.g., African Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Strategic Studies, Defense Policies, National Security Studies, or related field.

The Academic Dean is an integral member of the Center’s Leadership Team and serves as the primary advisor to the Director on all academic matters. The incumbent serves as both Academic Dean and Professor. As Dean, the candidate’s primary academic duties will include providing strategic leadership of academic programs; overseeing the conceptualization, development, execution, and evaluation of the Center’s academic programs; and cultivating and engaging the Center’s stakeholders in support of academic programs. The Dean is responsible for directing faculty (including adjunct faculty) recruiting, hiring, and professional development and renewal processes. As an Africa Center professor, the Dean delivers lectures; facilitates seminars; advises participants; represents the Center in academic and other fora; and conducts research consistent with the Center’s mission.
Some of the duties of the Dean position:

• Develops and implements academic policies and oversees the design and execution of academic programs for African and American security sector participants in support of the Africa Center’s annual Program Plan and in accordance with relevant guidance from the Department of Defense.
• Works with the Director to frame overall academic guidelines and procedures for Africa Center academic programs, including formulating and implementing the Center’s academic peer learning methodology.
• Supervises faculty portfolio and program content development and program execution; leads periodic academic portfolio reviews to inform the Center’s annual strategic planning processes. As necessary, introduces new programs and activities based on the Center’s annual strategic planning.
• Serves as the principal supervisor of all Academic Affairs staff to include permanent faculty, adjunct faculty, facilitators, guest speakers and panelists, and academic support staff.
• Maintains professional relationships with senior government officials, leading African stakeholders, international officials, and academic experts to advance the Center’s academic programming and extend its outreach to relevant audiences.
• Manages the academic relationship with the NDU Provost to ensure that academic standards and credentials are maintained and builds synergies with relevant NDU colleges related to Africa Center academic programming.
• Conducts professional research on matters of African security policy or strategy to make original and innovative contributions, particularly on topics of academic interest for the Africa Center and policy relevance for the Department of Defense.
Conditions Of Employment:
• Must be a U.S. citizen and able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security clearance.
• If selected, must provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for determining appropriate workplace safety protocols, such as those related to masking, testing, travel, and quarantine.
• Incumbent must be available for travel to Africa in support of Africa Center programs.
Basic Education Requirement: The position of Academic Dean requires a doctoral degree relevant to the Africa Center’s mission such as: African Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Strategic Studies, Defense Policies, National Security Studies, or related field. Official transcripts will be required at time of selection to verify educational requirements are met.

Required Qualifications:

In addition to the basic education requirement, the following specialized experience is required to qualify for this position:
• A minimum of 20 years of professional experience working on African political, security, or development issues.
• Significant professional experience as an academic administrator.
• At least eight years, or the instructional equivalent, of full-time teaching experience at a regionally accredited university with at least three years at the graduate level.
• Significant record of scholarship, publications, and expert-level contributions; recognition within academic or research communities
• Extensive knowledge of U.S.-Africa policy
• Extensive network of professional contacts, especially with African security sector institutions, think tanks, universities, NGOs, strategic centers, and diplomatic communities.
• Demonstrated record of leadership achievement, organizational innovation, and strategic planning.
• Proven ability to manage, lead, and inspire staff and engender highly effective teams.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Fluency in French, Portuguese, or Arabic.
• Experiencing living and working in an African country.
Additional Information:
The Academic Dean is hired for an initial term of three years, with a one-year probationary period. Upon satisfactory completion of the first year, the term may be extended for an additional two years, renewable.

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