Research Program Director - Organizations Roles & Missions team

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #397
Thursday, September 1, 2022
The Operational Warfighting division conducts field-based research and manages the Field Program. We work on projects that help the Department of the Navy and other government agencies improve operational effectiveness through analysis of training methods, organizational alignment, policy, system performance, test & evaluation, interoperability, training, operational concepts, experimentation, and tactics development.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.We are looking for creative and innovative individuals to help carry out our mission. 

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. This leadership role carries with it personal and corporate responsibility to build and sustain a respectful workplace.

This position develops and maintains a research portfolio focused on the practical application of organizational design, process improvement, and change management to the Department of Defense. The successful candidate will be mission-focused and bring robust analytic skills in operations research, blending qualitative methods, business philosophy, and quantitative techniques to drive efficiency and effectiveness.


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.

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

  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 the following areas:

  • Organizational design
  • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of organizational effectiveness
  • Process improvement and change management
  • Military command relationships and command and control
  • Military operations

  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.

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

Please include a cover letter as part of your application. A cover letter should introduce yourself, briefly summarize your professional background, explain why you are a good candidate and the reason for your personal interest in applying for this job.
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Personal statements will not be used as an elimination criteria for this position. They will only be used to enhance a candidate’s application. 

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