Newport, RI

Application Deadline

Apply By Mar 1st, 2024


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Newport, RI


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Minimum Education


Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


Job Description

The Library Director at the NWC plays a multifaceted role. The Director reports to the Provost via the Associate Provost for Academic Services and will collaborate with senior leadership, ensuring the Library's goals align with the College's vision while fostering innovation, excellence, and a culture of continuous improvement. The Director manages personnel by promoting teamwork, overseeing recruitment, and emphasizing professional growth, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director handles budgetary concerns, manages the Main and Classified Library collections, and ensures operational excellence by integrating library functions with the broader NWC community and optimizing space and resources. The Director stays updated with industry trends, sharing insights with the NWC community; collaborates with academic departments; introduces student programs; and partners with similar institutions. Lastly, the Director leads outreach initiatives, building ties for resource sharing, promoting the Library's offerings, and establishing partnerships for mutual benefit.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

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 the Department of the Navy Faculty Schedule and NWC policy.

Additional Info & Requirements

Qualifications. Qualified candidates must possess a PhD or EdD in the field of library science, history, military history, international relations, education, or a related field. The preferred candidate will also have a master’s degree from an American Library Associate (ALA) accredited program and experience in supervising a sizeable team in an academic or research library. The Director should possess demonstrated experience to include: visionary leadership, fostering teamwork and inclusivity, understanding academic libraries roles, fiscal management, and effective communication skills. Candidates should also include experience in higher education or government, strategic planning, outreach and grant acquisition. A strong record of professional service, scholarly publishing or research is also desired.

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

Appointment. This appointment is governed by provisions of Section 8748, Title 10, U.S. Code 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 three years in length with provision for renewal dependent on performance. This is not a remote work position; however, the incumbent may be eligible for situational telework as determined by policy and the position requirements. The incumbent may be expected to travel on occasion.

The Community

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

Henry E. Eccles Library. Academically, the Library supports the College's NECHE-accredited Master of Arts degrees, research centers, and diverse educational programs, including those offering JPME Phase I and II credits. Under the military and government umbrella, the Library operates with oversight from the Department of the Navy, Defense, and the U.S. federal government, ensuring both restricted and public access to resources based on national security considerations. The Library's collection is specialized, focusing on graduate-level content relevant to national security and defense. Additionally, the Library is essential in bolstering the NWC's multiple research centers and U.S. Navy research needs. You can learn more about the Library at our webpage:

HR Info

Applicants must reference VA#NWC-24-04 and submit their application package via email to: The application package should include: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae or resume; and (3) names and contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm (EST) 1 March 2024.

Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Michael Bush via email,

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/CV and attach supporting documentation (DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submission. 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 of the claimed disability (e.g., disability letter from the VA). The 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 Active duty members must submit a statement of service with their application.

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.

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

Posted Feb 1, 2024