Vice President and Director -Enterprise Systems & Data Analysis

800 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA Req #149
Thursday, January 14, 2021

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. 


The Vice President & Director (VP/Director) Enterprise Systems Data Analysis Division (ESDA) reports to the Executive Vice President (EVP), Institute for Public Research (IPR) and is supported by VP, Business Development; and Managing Director and Center Directors and Chief Scientists in their role.

The VP/Director ESDA is responsible for leading all aspects of the division to include, but not limited to, the day-to-day and long-term success of the division. Responsibilities include the development, monitoring and execution of the ESDA budget and the overall management of the strategic relationships of ESDA. Responsible for ensuring ESDA’s strategy, investments, research and management practices are aligned with the needs and aspirations of clients and prospective clients. Ensuring that the division’s work and service to our clients are relevant, timely, high quality, on budget, and delivered in a form that is useful to decision- makers. They are also responsible for identifying, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce, which includes members of the division’s management team.

Provide insightful and credible leadership to the EVP Institute for Public Research and Corporate leadership. They provide support, direction, and solutions that are creative and forward-looking. This leadership role also carries with it personal and corporate responsibility to build and sustain a respectful workplace.


1) Develop and shape the domestic business strategy and long-term vision for the division coordinating business development activity for the two ESDA Centers, the Center for Data Management and Analytics and the Center for Enterprise Systems and Modernization.

2) Develop and execute a business intelligence gathering process for use in capture planning. Generate new ideas in assigned market area that can be further developed and marketed to clients.

3) Develop the domestic business pipelines and annual budgets for ESDA, and establish criteria for market research and cost benefit analysis for the pipelines and budget development.

4) Responsible for establishing the ESDA marketing strategy, held accountable for developing and executing assigned marketing budget, and for submitting a comprehensive Center marketing plans to the President, IPR. Work actively with Managing Director and Center Directors to execute the ESDA marketing plan, which includes the qualification and pursuit of procurements.

5) Ensure that internal communications within ESDA, across IPR and CNA Management enable a professional and open dialogue for effective and successful business development and execution of research projects.

6) Develop and maintain effective client and business partner relationships for ESDA. This includes the establishment and maintenance of the team’s network of government clients, universities, not-for-profits, for-profits, foundations and public service organizations needed to develop and execute ESDA business.

7) Serve as an official representative of IPR/CNA on ESDA matters to engage general audiences, symposiums, and other open forums for the purpose of promoting corporate recognition, publicizing our research and contributing to the betterment of public service goals.

8) Exercise sound financial management of the division.

10) Mentor and provide for the professional development of the staff.

11) Build effective, high functioning teams and select and develop the division’s leadership team. Set clear objectives and measures, and hold staff accountable for outcomes. Motivate and coach direct reports to acquire skills and capabilities that contribute to a high performance team.

12) Leverage various approaches to communication to ensure employees are aligned with organizational goals and regularly receive other timely information. Engage employees and promote a collaborative work environment.

13) Be a strong corporate leader and contribute to the success of the IPR and CNA as a whole. Proactively support the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

14) Support the growth and development of the next generation of CNA leaders.

15) Perform other duties as assigned.




Education: Bachelor’s degree in related discipline required. Advanced degree/doctorate preferred.

Experience: Minimum12 years’ experience in the assigned market field and 10 years of demonstrated experience at the management/executive level preferred. This should include several years experience in interactive positions of leadership with government and/or public sector decision makers.  Should have current experience directly interfacing with senior leaders of customers and potential partners in assigned market based organizations. Should have a track record of successfully leading and motivating people, and managing major programs. Business development experience and the management of similarly scoped professional services business are highly desirable.


  • Knowledge of the missions, goals, organization, programs and procurement practices of the federal, state and local assigned market agencies, is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of government clients, and be willing to learn contractual requirements for a number of agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Authentic leader and manager with a collaborative and inclusive approach in assessing individual/organizational challenges, problem-solving, and developing partnerships.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and proven record of accomplishment of developing and maintaining collaborative relationships across a broad range of professionals and government sponsors at all levels, including senior levels.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills with demonstrated ability to be persuasive and communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with a record of accomplishment of effectively leading performance and outcome based programs and staff.
  • Demonstrated thought leadership both internally and with clients.
  • Proven ability to handle a variety of demands simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple, competing priorities.
  • Experience in recruiting, managing, developing, retaining and objectively evaluating performance of research staff, program/project managers and other professionals.
  • Commitment and support to create a diverse and inclusive work environment in which employees are encouraged to be forward leaning and share ideas; demonstrated success negotiating and managing problems to positive resolution; and ability to build and sustain a respectful workplace.

Other: This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a minimum of a GENSER and Active Secret/or higher security clearance. Preferably, the candidate will already hold an active security clearance. Required to travel and work long hours on specific tasks and special assignments with many members of corporate staff at all levels.

CNA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service and protected veterans, or other non-merit based factors. In addition to federal legal requirements, CNA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. These protections extend to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting and hiring practices, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training and career development programs. For more information about EEO protections, please view the EEO is the law posters below: "EEO is the Law" Poster; "EEO is the Law" Poster Supplement. The pay transparency policy is available here: Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Poster


To be considered for hire, all individuals applying for positions with CNA are subject to a background investigation. For positions requiring access to classified information, U.S. citizenship is required. Individuals will also be subject to an additional government background investigation, and continued employment eligibility is contingent upon the ability to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Other details

  • Job Family Senior Management/Executive
  • Job Function Career Path III - Senior Management/Executive
  • Pay Type Salary
  • 800 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA