Academic Specialist (Librarian) – National Defense University – Fort McNair, DC


The National Defense University is recruiting for an Academic Specialist (Librarian) in Reference and Instructional Services. This position provides comprehensive instructional services on research methods, the use of Library resources and curriculum development support services to University students, faculty, staff, and authorized outside users.

NDU develops joint warfighters and other national security leaders through rigorous academics, research and engagement to serve the common defense.

Open & closing dates: 06/27/2018 to 07/25/2018
Salary: $68,036 to $77,000 per year
Pay scale & grade:AD 2
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Term – 3 years


Participates in the development and delivery of a comprehensive instructional program focused on research methodology, development of effective research strategies, and critical evaluation and analysis of scholarly resources.

Delivers highly-customized research and reference services, utilizing an in-depth knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and objectives of librarianship in a graduate level, higher education environment.

Builds partnerships with faculty throughout NDU to provide curriculum development assistance, conducting research to identify and obtain learning materials to support course content and design.

Evaluates library holdings for strengths, weaknesses, and trends to assure currency and balance in the development of a library collection in all formats that aligns with curricular and research requirements of the University.


Conditions of Employment:

Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non- Sensitive position which requires a background investigation.

To qualify for this position, you must:

  • Have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program or academic equivalent.
  • Have a minimum of two years of professional experience in instruction research and reference services in an academic, military, medical, special, or public library.
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of research assistance methodology.
  • Have experience instructing students in information literacy principles and practices.
  • Have experience in selection/deselection/management of library resources in a variety of formats.
  • Have experience working collaboratively with faculty or others to instructional design and curriculum development.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to initiate and maintain positive and productive working relationships with faculty, researchers, students, and colleagues in a group or individual setting.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills, including creating and delivering presentations.
  • Have the ability to think creatively, make decisions quickly, and work productively in a rapidly-changing environment.
  • Have the ability to adjust priorities, take initiative, set goals, and manage projects and time wisely.
  • Have the ability to work harmoniously as a team player and thrive in a team-based environment

Desired qualifications:

  • Professional experience in a graduate-level academic library.
  • Working knowledge of adult learning styles and/or online learning theory.
  • Working knowledge of tutorial software (Captivate, Camta sia, etc.) and course management software.
  • Working knowledge of instructional design and web design.

Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Required Documents:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Résumé: The latest resume submitted will be used to determine qualifications.
  • Complete Assessment Questionnaire
  • Word Document with answers to questions in the How You Will Be Evaluated Section of Job Announcement
  • Other Supporting Documents
  • College Transcripts

The following supporting documents are REQUIRED to verify your individual eligibility status. Not all will apply for each applicant. They MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.

  • SF-50 – (If applicable) Notification of Personnel Action for current or former federal employees- with the exception of current permanent NDU employees, please provide your most recent SF50 or the SF50 reflecting Career/Career-Conditional tenure and the highest grade held on a permanent basis.
  • If you claim Veteran’s Preference, (5 or 10 points) you MUST provide a copy of your DD Form 214 (Member Copy 4) listing the dates of military service and rank. If you are claiming 10 points (10 percent or more disability), you must also provide a letter from the Veterans Affairs Office and a completed SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference – substantiating your claim.
  • Other documents identified in the announcement.

For additional information and to apply, click here.

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