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Director, Leadership Innovation Lab

LOCATION:  United States Naval Academy, VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
DATE CLOSES: Application review will begin on 2 October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


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The U.S. Naval Academy invites applications for the Director, Leadership Innovation Lab to begin as early as January 2018 in the VADM James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

The mission of the Stockdale Center is to empower leaders to make courageous ethical decisions.  The Leadership Innovation Lab will support this mission by helping the Naval Academy become the world’s leader in innovative ethical leadership development, preparing junior Navy and Marine Corps officers to succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world.  The Lab will explore, discover, develop, test, and implement cutting edge theories, concepts, practices, and methodologies to ensure the Naval Academy graduates Navy and Marine Corps leaders prepared to protect the peace and win the nation’s wars in the 21st century.  It will be a fusion center of thought and experimentation to determine how to strengthen, individualize, and accelerate leadership development by addressing the challenge of preparing new generations of leaders who absorb, process, and use information for making decisions and providing direction to others in a much different way than generations before them.  Although the Naval Academy’s leadership development process has been successful in the past, current efforts will require significant transformation to ensure graduates are prepared for the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous warfare environment they will encounter in the future.  The Innovation Lab Director will provide executive leadership in establishing and guiding innovation efforts for this transformation. 

The duties of the position include:

  • Lead the Naval Academy’s Leadership Innovation Lab.
  • Orchestrate and maintain alignment around the Leadership Innovation Lab vision with Naval Academy leadership and industry sponsor(s).
  • Develop and implement a detailed strategy for establishing, managing, and advancing the Innovation Lab.
  • Create and manage an innovation process for discovering, developing, testing, prototyping, and scaling ethical leadership improvement concepts.
  • Develop a performance measurement system for the Innovation Lab.
  • Identify and evaluate 21st century leadership and ethics core competencies, and conduct gap analysis relative to the seven graduate attributes currently contained in the Academy’s strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement a 21st century ethical leadership improvement strategy based on the above gap analysis, in order to help guide innovation focus areas and resources.
  • Liaison with other departments in the Stockdale Center to ensure synchronization.
  • Develop and manage a business plan for Leadership Innovation Lab operations.
  • Oversee the development and execution of the Lab’s gift and appropriated fund budgets.
  • Coordinate with the Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation to support their efforts to obtain private funding for the Innovation Lab.
  • Coordinate with Naval Academy cost centers and special staffs to facilitate Innovation Lab programs and activities.
  • Supervise the Innovation Lab’s staff and coordinate internal administration, external contracts, and Lab special events.
  • Build a collaborative network with internal and external partners across academia, industry, and government in areas including, but not limited to:
    • Creativity research
    • Practical moral philosophy
    • Sociology of knowledge and networks
    • Behavioral science
    • Cognitive judgment and decision optimization techniques
    •  “Big data” analytics
    • Intersection of technology and psychology
    • Virtual training
    • Wargaming
    • Modeling and simulation
    • Applied artificial intelligence and machine learning
    • Innovation frameworks, tools, and techniques
    • Advanced pedagogical methods
  • Interface with external organizations requesting support from the Academy in the field of ethical leadership innovation.
  • Present ethical leadership innovation lectures and seminars for midshipmen, staff, faculty, coaches, professional military education schools, and other external organizations.
  • Proactively identify evolving capabilities and changing conditions in the 21st century leadership and ethics landscape, and adjust the Lab’s innovation efforts accordingly in order to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate risks.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.

The term of the appointment will be determined by the Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, but is expected to be three years.  This position is gift-funded and subject to funding.  Renewal of this appointment is contingent upon funding, as well as the needs of, and the emerging plans of the Naval Academy. 



  • Expertise in innovation, collaborative problem-solving, group facilitation, leadership development, and organizational management
  • Well-recognized for impeccable ethical conduct in high-level leadership positions
  • Excellent public speaking and written communication skills
  • Experience with research methodologies, advanced analytics, applied technologies, creativity enhancement, and entrepreneurial activities
  • Experience interacting with high-level officials in the military, business, government and higher education
  • Master’s Degree
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.


  • Terminal degree in a field related to leadership or creativity and innovation 
  • Senior civilian academic with administrative experience and current or past interactions with the military, or senior retired military officer with extensive operational experience
  • Experience with donor development


All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation.  These investigations are conducted to ensure that individuals hired are trustworthy, of good conduct, and reliable. More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


  1. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, leadership and research statements, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three letters of recommendation that address both leadership and research abilities to be sent to Major Ryan Curry, Associate Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, United States Naval Academy, at

2. Applications will be reviewed beginning 2 October 2017 but the position will remain open until filled. 

3. Submit a Demographic Information on Applicants Form to  Your responses will not be shared with the panel rating the applications or to the   official making the selection for this position.

The U.S. Naval Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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