Job Title:  Instructional System Specialist (COMMUNICATION INSTRUCTOR) (AD-01) OR (ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (AD-03)

Department: Department of the Navy

Agency: US Marine Corps

** Previous applicants will be considered and need not reapply**

SALARY RANGE:                        $58,068 - $94,783

OPEN PERIOD:                            23 April 2021 to 26 April 2021
SERIES & GRADE:                      AD-1750-01/03
POSITION INFORMATION:         Full-time – Excepted Service Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS:                     Quantico, VA
WHO MAY APPLY:                       United States Citizens
SUPERVISORY STATUS:             No                                                    


The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting, and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms. The Department of the Navy provides competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and extensive professional development and training. From pipefitters to accountants, scientists to engineers, doctors to nurses – the careers and opportunities to make a difference are endless. Civilian careers – where purpose and patriotism unite!

Vacancies from this announcement may be filled at the following grade levels: AD-01 or AD-03.

This is a Solicitation of Interest to create a pool of qualified candidates to fill an excepted service position (Title 10) of Communication Instructor at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS), Marine Corps University. The Expeditionary Warfare School is located on Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, located 35 miles south of Washington, DC. 

The purpose of this Title 10, Communication Instructor position is to provide EWS students with written and oral communication skills instruction. Topics include, but are not limited to, fundamentals of grammar, organization, research, formats, mechanics, oral presentation skills, and strategy. Formal instruction may also be supplemented to include technology-based tutorials and homework exercises to enhance understanding and retention.

The Communication Instructor will also participate in the EWS Course Content Review Board and make refinements to the curriculum in preparation for the next academic year, track students' progress over the academic year, and support the activities of MCU.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (see www.sss.gov)


  • Developing and providing instruction in both written and oral professional communication skills to students attending EWS.
  • Testing, tutoring, and evaluating students in written and oral communication skills, ensuring all students’ written assignments effectively communicate thoughts and ideas in a logical manner, articulate a thesis, and demonstrate proficiency in English language mechanics.
  • Assisting International Military Officers (IMO) to improve oral and written English language skills by providing feedback on oral presentations and written work.
  • Assisting students and faculty in review of papers, articles, books, and case studies for publication in professional journals and scholarly presses and for use within MCU.
  • Assisting with professional communication curriculum revision and development.


Rating criteria will include experience, education, and training. Required knowledge and abilities include: A minimum of a Master’s degree in English, Literature, Applied Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Communication, or a related field, from an accredited college or university. Knowledge of adult learning theory, methods, strategies, and best practices, as well as expertise in communication skills, English, writing, or a similar field is necessary. A background in one-on-one coaching or tutoring of students is also desirable. A clear understanding of the Chicago Manual of Style is expected for this position.

This opening will be filled under Title 10 Excepted Service, Instructor or Assistant Professor, AD-01 or AD-03, salary range: $58,068 - $94,783, which includes a locality payment. Pay and title will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and MCU pay setting.


Are you using your education to qualify? For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcripts (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned). See OPM’s General Policies for information on crediting education.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited education institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit:



Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense direct deposit of pay program.


The candidate’s background, experience, and training will be evaluated by a selection committee against the criteria listed above. Selected candidates will be interviewed and finalists will have the opportunity to lead an evaluated seminar with EWS students.


Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and a 401K-type retirement plan.


A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

The Department of the Navy used E-Verify to confirm the employment of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit:



If interested in this position, please submit a brief letter of interest with your curriculum vitae and current contact information to matthew.erickson@usmcu.edu no later than 26 April 2021.
For additional information or assistance, please contact: Mr. Erickson, (703) 432-0161 or via email at matthew.erickson@usmcu.edu.

Or write:         Matthew Erickson
                      Operations Manager
                      Expeditionary Warfare School
                      Marine Corps University
                      2077 Geiger Road
                      Quantico, Virginia 22134

This announcement will close on Monday, April 26, 2021 and the application package must be received by that date to be considered.


Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional). Please make sure your resume includes the following: Your First and Last Name, current address, current email address, current phone number, where you worked, job titles, job duties and accomplishments, employer’s name and address, supervisor’s name and phone number, starting and end dates (MM/DD/YYYY), hours per week and salary. If ever employed by the Federal Government, please show the highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment for that position. ** Note: If you submit more than one resume, only the last resume received will be reviewed.

Unofficial Transcripts- Showing Master degree from an institution accredited by a Department of Education recognized institutional accrediting agency through course work in communications, writing, education, or other related field.


Matthew Erickson
(703) 432-0161
Expeditionary Warfare School
2077 Geiger Road
Quantico, Virginia 22134


Following the closeout date the selection committee will contact selected candidates to schedule interviews.