Dean, College of Leadership and Ethics

U.S. Naval War College


The President, U.S. Naval War College (PNWC), invites applications for the position of Dean, College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE), in Newport, RI.

The U.S. Naval War College.  The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is a Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) institution serving the nation, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Navy.  U.S. and selected international graduates earn Master of Arts degrees in National Security & Strategic Studies or Defense & Strategic Studies accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).  The College educates and develops future leaders through the development of strategic perspective, critical thinking, and cultural awareness, as well as enhancing the capability to advise and eventually serve as senior leaders and policy makers.  The College also helps to define the future Navy and its roles and missions; supports combat readiness; strengthens global maritime partnerships; and promotes ethics and leadership throughout the force.  We are actively seeking candidates with diverse academic, demographic, and professional backgrounds.  More information on the college can be found at

Dean, College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE). The Dean, CLE is responsible for NWC efforts in support of leader development across the Navy, including curriculum development for the NWC’s resident JPME and associated graduate degree programs.  The Dean, CLE reports directly to the Provost.

Responsibilities. The Dean, CLE is responsible for planning, coordination and overseeing actions, initiatives, and efforts in support of leader development across the Navy. In collaboration with Navy leadership, the Dean leads Navy efforts along a coherent Officer leader development continuum with primary responsibility for Flag Officer development. The Dean provides expertise and critical linkages across the military, civilian section and academia pertaining to leader development and military ethics for the profession of arms in support of the NWC JPME and M.A. degree accreditation programs. The Dean is responsible to the PNWC for execution of the PNWC’s responsibilities regarding Leadership, Ethics, and Character Development for the Navy. The Dean is expected to show significant productivity, achievement and service to the College, beyond these required duties.

Qualifications.  The PNWC seeks candidates who are successful, proven leaders in the field of leader development and ethics.  A master’s degree in leadership, ethics, behavioral science, national security, or a related field is required.  An earned Ph.D. or terminal degree in leadership, ethics, behavioral science, national security, or a related field is preferred.  The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in positions of increasing complex leadership responsibilities in relevant academic, military, public, or private sector organizations; multiple experiences teaching, conducting research, or serving preferably at a Professional Military Education Institution; a thorough understanding of US Government, Department of Defense, and Department of the Navy communities, organizations, processes, and protocols; demonstrated success in building teams and leading collaboratively, working effectively with others in a diverse environment; the ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with NWC personnel and representatives of various external institutions; demonstrated ability to think strategically, critically and creatively; and outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Candidates must be U.S. citizens capable of obtaining a Department of Defense security clearance at the SECRET level.

Appointment.  The appointment is governed by provisions of 10 USC 8748 as delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, and the regulations of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that 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 performance.  This is not a remote work position; however, the incumbent may be eligible for telework as determined by policy and the position requirements.  The incumbent may be expected to travel on occasion.    

Salary Considerations.  Salary is competitive and is accompanied by a generous federal employee benefits package that includes health insurance with employer contribution, retirement savings plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits.  Academic rank and salary are commensurate with experience and credentials in accordance with Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule and NWC policy.

Application Process.  Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-01 and forward their application package to:  The application package should include:  (1) cover letter and (2) curriculum vitae (with names and contact information for three references).  Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm (EDT) 14 December 2023.

Questions about the position or the institution should be emailed to Dr. Thomas Gibbons:

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 date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.  Active-duty members must submit a statement of service with their application. 

The U.S. Naval War College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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