Principal Advisor - Energy Infrastructure & Environment

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #418
Thursday, September 29, 2022
CNA is a not-for-profit research and analysis corporation running two major business units, CNA, the Department of the Navy’s Federally Funded R&D Center (FFRDC), and the Institute for Public Research, which provides analytic support to non-DOD government sponsors. RFR is a division within the FFRDC. Our primary clients are the Navy and Marine Corps. We also support OSD and other components of DOD. As our name implies, RFR focuses on a full range of resource issues. Six programs within RFR address problems in manpower, personnel, training and education; energy, infrastructure and the environment; cost, acquisition processes, material and supply readiness and logistics; and health analytics and medical readiness.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. 


Lead and support large or complex studies and act as a subject matter expert in projects related to DOD infrastructure, energy, and the environment. Become a partner with project directors or managers by providing them advice that can help shape CNA’s EIE research program. Be responsible for maintaining professional contacts with the following offices relevant to CNA’s EIE research program: SECNAV, OPNAV, NAVFAC, CNIC, and MCICOM. The subject of expertise in the duties below relate to DOD infrastructure, energy, and the environment. 



1. Works independently to lead and manage the largest and/or most complex and significant projects that address a subject of expertise.


2. Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of principles, theories, and concepts to conduct research and analysis in support of projects within a given subject of expertise.  Has a strong knowledge of other related fields and/or has developed a deep expertise within discipline.


3. Lead the preparation of project reports and briefings.


4. Provide expert level knowledge and expertise related to project development.


5. Identify and pursue business development opportunities related to a subject of expertise.


6. Develop and maintain professional contacts with decision makers and contract administrators at targeted agencies.


7. Lead the development of proposals and marketing efforts in areas of expertise.


8. Advise management on planning, pursuit and success related to projects associated with proven areas of expertise.


9. Perform other duties as assigned.


1. Education: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Architecture, or related field required. Advanced degree preferred.


2. Experience: Minimum 12+ years’ experience in the field(s) of expertise.


3. Skills: Strong interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of best thinkers and policy practitioners in related fields. Good project management and computer skills. Demonstrated experience with one or more programming languages, mathematics, data analysis & visualization, and general problem-solving skills strongly preferred.

4. Background as a former Navy CEC Officer or long experience in the Navy shore community is a big plus.
5. Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance 
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