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Job #: R-00017251
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Training
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes
Clearance Required: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Group: Defense


Job Requisition:

NATO Special Operations SME and Instructor

Job Description:

Leidos has an immediate opening for a full-time NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Operations Subject Matter Expert (SME) and instructor.  The successful candidate will work closely with the customer as well as other team members for courses and exercises to analyze, develop, and implement solutions related to NATO SOF Operations at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.  The successful candidate will be expected to analyze the needs of NATO’s special operations community and then develop and present high-quality solutions for intermediate and senior level personnel.  The selected candidate will lead highly interactive training and education seminars, courses, support mobile training, provide exercise support, develop doctrine, and other capability development requirements.  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to perform research to support curriculum development and build targeted lessons, practical exercises, and discussions for allied and partner nation students who are not native-English speakers.  Members of the team are expected to support NATO exercises and readiness events in order to incorporate lessons identified into curriculum updates.  This is a position on a unique, diverse, international, and distributed team that offers challenging work that requires someone who is technologically savvy and can work effectively alone or with the team.  Position is remote (tele-work from home 75%; 25% overseas travel).  The successful candidate must demonstrate they are diligent ‘self-starters’ who can excel in a diverse working environment with little supervision or guidance in order to meet SOF Operations support requirements and deadlines.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                           

  • Serve as a subject matter expert on operations support to special operations.
  • Develop and deliver (instruct) training and educational curriculum based on adult learning and English as a Second Language (ESL) standards, principles, and procedures.
  • Serve as a primary facilitator and/or mentor to students during courses, NATO and national-level exercises, evaluations, or readiness events.
  • Prepare lesson plans, teaching plans, lectures, presentations, briefings, and lead discussions for a vast target audience at various levels and in multiple environments (e.g. classroom, syndicate, laboratory, exercises, evaluations, events, etc.).
  • Develop and maintain web-based course manuals, exercise/training support packages, software tools, handouts, study aids, and assessments as required.
  • Collaborate virtually and in person with team members to analyze and design resident curriculum to meet NATO Special Operations School standards.
  • Ensure course materials are maintained, updated, and improved to remain current and relevant and participate in educational quality improvement activities.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with members of the NATO Special Operations Headquarters on training, education, doctrine, exercises and evaluations related to operations support for special operations and the integration of SOF capabilities.
  • Participate in exercises, evaluations or other events as required and incorporate observations and lessons identified into curriculum, doctrine, or training as required.
  • Conduct research, collaborate, and update SOF doctrine, publications, and manuals related to operational support to special operations and associated techniques.


  • Citizen of a NATO member nation and have at least 7-10 years of experience as a SOF Operator at the tactical and operational levels.
  • Service in at least one mid-level assignment/position in a special operations organization with significant direct experience providing SOF Military Assistance (Foreign Internal Defense), Special Reconnaissance, and Direct Action activities (as a member of a deployed SOF task force).
  • Served in an assignment that included six months-duty as a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) or Air Operations Centre (AOC) Director (J33), Battle Captain, or J3 of a Special Operations Component Command (SOCC) (JSOTF).
  • Active Secret Clearance; eligible for Top Secret desired.
  • Experience as a successful classroom instructor/educator.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree desired (years of SOF battalion command/staff or higher may serve in lieu of education).
  • NATO/NATO SOF experience (or experience with multi-national SOF operations).
  • International and/or NATO SOF training and education experience.
  • Able to write, speak, and teach in English for an English as a Second Language (ESL) audience, and demonstrate outstanding speaking, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills. (Scholarly writing sample submitted with resume)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, experience working as a senior member of a team.
  • Highly capable of operating independently and effectively in a distributed workforce.
  • Fully competent with Microsoft Office® suite of automation tools including: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and SharePoint.


  • Command or senior leadership experience at the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG/SOATG/SOMTG) level or higher.
  • Graduate of advanced military education e.g. SAMS, SAWS etc. desired.
  • Experience with developing training solutions, scenarios, or simulations to aid training, education, mission preparation, or to enhance technical development.
  • Formal education or experience with adult education, education technology, instructional system design, and/or e-Education.  Three years as an instructor within military education system or Master’s Degree desired.
  • Experience at the NATO joint force command, joint task force, joint special operations task force, and/or special operations component command.
  • Collaborate and participate in e-Education curriculum development to meet distance-learning requirements.  Serve as a solutions architect for e-Education, digital knowledge bases, and digital tools to aid product delivery, training support, collaboration, and communications.
  • Experience operating NATO functional area systems (FAS) and other applications (e.g. TOPFAS, JChat, NCOP, JOCWatch).

    The job does not require moving; telecommuting is authorized.  Travel is approximately 25%, mainly to NATO and partner nation European locations.

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