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Director - Influencer Development


United States Naval Academy, Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership


Review of applications will begin on October 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 


The United States Naval Academy is a unique institution of higher learning located in desirable Annapolis, Maryland.  As an historic officer accession program and premier undergraduate college, the United States Naval Academy has its own distinctive niche amongst American educational institutions. Our talented faculty and staff are united by one common purpose--to develop the next generation of leaders for naval service. In order to deliver on this promise to our nation, we recruit from all segments of society to find faculty, instructors, and support staff who model the highest professional standards.

The United States Naval Academy is committed to building a diverse workforce who collaborate to provide a multi-disciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and leadership development.  We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.

Every year more than one million people tour "the Yard" to experience what our employees already know — the United States Naval Academy is a special place, with a special purpose. Those selected for employment will find challenging and rewarding work; state-of-the-art facilities which inspire academic and athletic excellence; the benefits of Federal employment; and exceptional quality-of-life.


The Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy invites applications for the “Director, Influencer Development” position to begin as early as January 2022. USNA is a service academy and top tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in ethical leader development.  The Director oversees all aspects of the ethical leadership development program offered to those who influence the personal and professional development of the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to the Director of the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.
  • Design an ethical leadership development program for those who influence the personal and professional development of the Brigade of Midshipmen, specifically the Academy’s staff, faculty and coaches.
  • Develop, monitor, and assess the operational plan for this ethical leadership development program.
  • Determine resource requirements for this ethical leadership development program.
  • Develop and present ethical leadership programming for staff, faculty and coaches.
  • Develop and oversee special events associated with this ethical leadership development program.
  • Identify and secure appropriate external experts who will engage USNA staff, faculty and coaches in presentations, workshops, virtual engagements, and other venues.
  • Employ psychometric instruments and leverage USNA data hosting systems to survey and assess the strengths and needs of USNA.
  • Work with the Director of the Stockdale Center Innovation Laboratory to explore innovative techniques to communicate ethical leadership concepts to the staff, faculty and coaches.
  • Provide briefings to new staff, faculty and coaches to introduce these new hires to Naval Academy ethical leadership principles and concepts.
  • Survey staff, faculty and coaches on a recurring basis to determine the developmental needs of this audience.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the program on a regular basis.
  • Prepare progress reports for the Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and donors who support the program.
  • Teach courses in the Leadership, Ethics and Law curriculum.
  • Assume other roles and responsibilities as determined by the Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.

This is a gift funded, federal excepted service position.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. 



  • Graduate degree in the social or behavioral sciences; or a graduate degree in a related field with commensurate experience in leadership programming and curriculum development.
  • Demonstrated mastery of current concepts and theories of ethical leadership development.
  • Experience teaching and facilitating, with excellent oral and written communication abilities.
  • Planning and budgeting skills.


  • Terminal Degree
  • Familiarity with psychometric surveys and behavioral analysis tools.
  • Existing scholarly research agenda involving leadership, ethics, or character.
  • Demonstrated success across a wide spectrum of leadership positions.
  • Understand the unique aspects of a service academy environment and the role of staff, faculty and coaches in the development of future military officers.
  • A demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in an educational and/or work environment and a willingness to contribute to the Naval Academy’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and arrange for three professional letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Jeffrey R. Macris, Chair of the Search Committee and Deputy Director of the USNA Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at 


  • As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Further information can be found at:
    • Please indicate in your application materials if you do or do not acknowledge and understand this requirement.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed beginning October 8, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by 11/22/2021 or date of employment (which ever comes later) except in limited circumstances where an exception is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.

  • All Civilian Faculty Positions at USNA are subject to a background investigation. The selected candidate will be subject to a security investigation leading to successful completion of a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. The selectee's failure to meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.  More information about the background investigation process can be found at the Academic Dean and Provost’s website here


Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests.  The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

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

Announcement: SC-21-22-2


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

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