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Job #: R-00030056
Location: Reston, VA
Category: Training
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes
Clearance: Secret
Referral Eligibility: Ineligible
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

Leidos has an immediate opening for a full-time NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Personnel Recovery (PR) Subject Matter Expert (SME) and instructor. Due to unique skill requirements, Leidos prefers to hire an international candidate through Leidos Innovations U.K. or Leidos International; however, U.S candidates will be considered.   The successful candidate will work closely with the NATO Special Operations Headquarters and other team members for courses and exercises to analyze, develop, and implement solutions related to NATO SOF.  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, as part of a small team, and with the entire support team. The 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.


  • Serve as a subject matter expert on NATO Special Operations and Personnel Recovery.
  • 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.
  • 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 in Special Operations.
  • National special operations qualification including completion of Special Operations recognized personnel recovery courses.
  • Served in the capacity of a personnel recovery coordinator, or equivalent experience, including personnel recovery for the NATO Alliance.
  • Active Secret Clearance; eligible for Top Secret desired (national level) and eligible or holding the equivalent NATO clearance.
  • Experience as a successful instructor/educator.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent; equivalent is defined as four additional years of relevant experience.
  • 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.


  • 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.

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

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Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services 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 annual revenues of approximately $10.19 billion for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. For more information, visit

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