Leidos has an immediate opening for a NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Operational Planning Instructor and Subject Matter Expert (SME). The successful candidate will work closely with other instructors, curriculum developers and government representatives to analyze, develop, and implement online and in-resident planning, integration, command and control, and staff process curriculum for NATO SOF. The SME will provide special operations subject matter expertise during the development and presentation of NATO Special Operations Component Command (SOCC) Planning Course. This two-week course combines lectures, theory, application, and a practical exercise. The position requires being conversant with the strategic, tactical, and (especially) the operational level of war; the development and application of operational art; and the ideas of dominant military thinkers such as Carl von Clausewitz, Antoine Jomini, Alexander Svechin, and Shimon Naveh. The instructor should also have experience with planning at the operational level, ideally with Special Operations Forces, and possess a sound foundation of military history and campaigning. The position requires the application of operational planning for SOF utilizing the NATO Comprehensive Operational Planning Directive (COPD) and teaching its concepts while facilitating international military students (senior NCOs and mid-grade officers) in the application of operational planning. The position requires excellent public speaking and mentorship skills. The successful candidate will be expected to analyze educational needs of NATO’s special operations community, and then develop and present high quality instructional materials for intermediate and senior level personnel. Candidate will be expected to lead highly interactive student seminars and in-class exercises in order to facilitate the adult learning model. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to perform research to support lesson/curriculum development and build targeted lessons, classroom exercises, and discussion groups for students who are not native-English speakers. Candidate may be required to research and write doctrine, manuals, and publications.
Successful candidate must be a graduate of a national special operations qualification course (land, maritime, or air/aviation) or equivalent from a NATO member nation and have 7-10 years of experience. Candidate must have experience as successful classroom instructor/educator. Must be able to write, speak, and teach in English and demonstrate outstanding speaking, writing, and organizational skills. Experience with Microsoft Office® suite of automation tools is required. Must possess a SECRET clearance upon hiring and be able to obtain a NATO Secret clearance.
Experience with NATO SOF education is highly desired. Experience on a special operations staff at the joint force command level and/or current experience at the SOCC level as a planner or leader are/is highly desired. ISAF staff experience and experience with NATO command and control software are also desired.
A Master’s degree (graduate) from an advanced military studies program or Bachelor’s degree with two years of relevant operational/strategic planning experience is required.
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems Global Solutions business (IS GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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