Program Director and Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Program Director and Senior Fellow for its Military, Veterans, and Society Program. This individual will be responsible for leading the program; conceptualizing and executing research projects; informing and elevating national debates about issues related to veterans and service members; and convening and engaging with stakeholders dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and members of the military. He or she will also contribute to CNAS’ broader work related to national security, and ensure that the health and well-being of veterans and service members continues to be viewed as an essential element of America’s national defense.

The CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program conducts research and provides timely, pragmatic, fact-based policy solutions to address the issues and challenges faced by service members, veterans, their families, and the institutions and communities they are part of. The program aims to contribute significantly to national discussions regarding the changing nature of the military and military service, and inform policy and systems change that helps our nation optimize the relationship between civilian society and the all-volunteer force.


The following is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.

Program Leadership

  • Develop and implement a vision, strategy, and research agenda for the Military, Veterans, and Society Program.
  • Advise and manage research assistants, adjunct fellows, outside authors, and other CNAS and external contributors.
  • Work with CNAS leadership to develop resourcing plans and manage program budgets.
  • Raise funding for the program’s work, together with the Center’s development team.
  • Integrate into projects executed by other research programs around the Center.

Research and Analysis

  • Conduct original research and analysis to advance understanding and improve public policy related to the U.S. military and veterans.
  • Write and publish reports, policy memos, articles, op-eds, and other written and multimedia products related to core program themes.
  • Engage other experts to conduct research and analysis as part of the program’s mission.
  • Collaborate with other CNAS research programs.


  • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through public speaking, press opportunities, and other outlets.
  • Lead and participate in events, such as working groups, panel discussions, roundtables, and donor meetings.
  • Conduct consultative meetings and outreach to senior government officials, thought leaders, and members of Congress and staff.
  • Engage foreign partners both in the United States and abroad.

Institutional Responsibilities

  • Draft project proposals and liaise with current and prospective donors.
  • Participate in the Center’s personnel processes.
  • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at external events.
  • Mentor colleagues.
  • Staff CNAS events as needed.
  • Participate in networking and outreach.


Candidates should possess the following:

  • Strong education, research, and policymaking background in U.S. national security, service members, and veterans.
  • Demonstrated track record of policy-related publications.
  • Established networks in relevant sectors.
  • Project management experience and an ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to CNAS’ mission of developing the next generation of national security leadership through training and mentoring junior staff.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with elected, appointed, and military officials, donors, and other colleagues.
  • Demonstrated experience working with the media (print, television, radio, podcasts, and other multimedia) and familiarity/experience with social media.
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

CNAS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Apply online using this link:

A complete application will include a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position, together with a resume or CV. Writing samples may be requested.