Data Science Research Program Director

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #390
Friday, August 19, 2022
The Data Science Division (DSD) is part of the Center for Naval Analyses. The mission of the DSD is to develop innovative, cutting-edge analytics that are relevant, impactful, and actionable.   The DSD provides data science expertise and support to the Department of the Navy and Department of Defense. The division collaborates with our sponsors to transform their operations by making data and analytics an integral part of their decision-making. As part of the Navy’s only dedicated FFRDC, we use our analytic skills and our knowledge of naval operations to help create a competitive advantage for the Navy. That advantage has never been more critical than it is today, with great power competition challenging the Navy in several concurrent theaters and across all warfighting domains.   The division has full time and part time analysts with advanced degrees in data science, operations research, statistics, economics, computer science, physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and other technical disciplines. The Data Science Division has a large set of core technical competencies, including: Developing supervised and unsupervised machine learning models, such as artificial neural networks, random forests, and clustering, to predict outcomes and assist decision-makers Leveraging high performance computing to obtain insights from big data Developing custom analytical simulations using techniques such as continuous time, discrete event, and Monte Carlo approaches to approximate existing systems to quantify the effects of changes to improve those systems Building and deploying dashboards and dynamic decision support tools in the Navy’s cloud environments Identifying optimal solutions using mathematical programming techniques such as mixed integer programming, network analysis, and linear/non-linear programming. Leading and facilitating human centered design workshops to ensure data-driven solutions meet stakeholder requirements and preferences   The DSD develops models and analytics to support Navy problems across all Navy domains, including aviation, surface warfare, undersea warfare, cyber, logistics, readiness, force generation, sustainment, acquisition, and cost modeling.  DSD analysts support decision-makers by identifying key drivers of both successful and poor performance to improve Navy and Marine Corps outcomes. The division currently supports the Navy’s Performance-to-Plan forum, which provides senior Navy leadership forward‑looking performance forecasts, which are foundational to articulating Navy progress toward readiness and capability goals. Projects generally involve large datasets and complex questions that demand advanced coding skills as well as statistical and modelling techniques. The division leverages agile project management techniques to support faster cycle times to insights and to develop analytic minimum viable products.   CNA fosters an inclusive culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Our flexible and engaging work environment encourages iterative and creative collaboration at every stage of the problem solving process. Our employees are committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to better manage their programs through scientific, data-driven approaches.

ABOUT THE POSITION
This leadership role carries with it personal and corporate responsibility to build and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace. The successful candidate will be mission-focused and bring robust analytic skills in operations research, statistics, data science techniques, and other relevant areas such as machine learning, data visualizations, python, R, cloud computing, MLOPS, and databases.  S/he will have demonstrated attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and experience in leading large, complex, and fast-paced data science efforts. S/he will also have a vision for the research program and the energy, skills, and experience to turn that vision into reality to support our Navy and DOD sponsors
 
PRIMARY PURPOSE
Responsible for oversight and management of the research program, to include: production of analytic products that meet CNA quality standards; development and maintenance of relationships with program sponsor base; management and professional development of program staff; and development and sustainment of a stable funding base to support program research.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND/OR DUTIES
1. Assist the Research Division Vice President in developing the division research plan, allocating personnel and resources to execute the plan, and managing the plan to meet all assigned financial and execution objectives.

2. Provide guidance and support to project directors.

3. Support corporate, division, and program (if applicable) goals for business development by developing a stable funding base to support program research and supporting the business development efforts of other research program directors across the FFRDC.

4. Develop and maintain strong, trust-based relationships with program sponsors. Demonstrate through program products and personal interactions that we are committed to their success. Maintain and cultivate these relationships over time and throughout 
their career. Facilitate the formation of new relationships elsewhere in the FFRDC as appropriate and relevant to the

evolution of their career path and command postings.

5. Conduct analysis and research.

6. Create and foster a collaborative work environment.

7. Exercise oversight of assigned projects to ensure they meet CNA’s quality standards.

8. Support division and business unit recruiting and retention efforts to develop and maintain a high-quality, diverse workforce.

9. Guide and assist assigned program staff with their professional development.

10. Provide the primary formal performance evaluation of assigned program staff.

11. Exercise oversight of work conducted by any assigned field reps.

12. Develop staffing pipelines for any assigned field billets and support the field slating process.

13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Research Division Vice President.

JOB REQUIREMENTS
1.  Education: Advanced degree in physical sciences, engineering, operations research, mathematics, statistics, economics, international relations, computer science, or related discipline.

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  Experience: 8 to 10 years’ experience in research and analysis. Prior experience as a study director on major projects for sponsors. Significant experience or expertise in a scientific or policy area relevant to sponsor needs and CNA programs. Field experience desirable

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  Skills: Ability to oversee completion of multiple research projects; conduct independent research and direct research of individual analysts and program projects; perform quality assurance reviews of projects and ensure they are completed on time and within budget; assemble and present complex analyses and communicate effectively to clients; understand and objectively critique research being carried out; understand client's needs and integrate those needs into CNA's ongoing research program; and prepare objective, constructive performance evaluations for assigned staff.

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 Other: Must have ability to obtain and maintain security clearance.

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