Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

CNA, 3003 Washington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America Req #658
Tuesday, June 25, 2024


The Senior Vice President (SVP) General Counsel (GC) and Secretary to the Board of Trustees ensures CNA’s legal compliance with federal, state and local regulations governing our business. The GC also serves as the Corporate Secretary to CNA’s Board of Trustees and provides counsel to the Board, the President and CEO, and other members of CNA’s leadership team and staff. The GC also represents CNA to Congress. The GC is a corporate officer of the company and a member of the President and CEO’s Executive Team.


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.


1. General. Provide legal advice to the CEO and staff on general legal matters, including ethics and financial disclosure and reporting; manage and ensure compliance with export control regulations and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; serve as the chief legal officer on transactional matters including leases, contracts, licenses, intellectual property filings, data use agreements; legal disclosures, and employee relations matters; liaise with other general counsels at other Department of Defense Federally Funded Research and Development Centers; coordinate engagements with outside legal and law enforcement officials; manage all litigation and use of outside counsel; negotiate and resolve data sharing agreements; advise on best practices associated with privacy and data protection laws; oversee legal and regulatory aspects of data collection and use as well as privacy disclosures and transparency.


2. Corporate Board Secretary. Serve as the Corporate Secretary to the Board of Trustees; ensure that all Board decisions are properly recorded, and appropriate records maintained; serve as the CNA staff liaison to the Governance and Ethics Committee of the Board of Trustees; provide legal advice to Trustees on ethics, conflicts of interest and financial disclosures; provide legal counsel on corporate law and governance; assess potential conflicts of interest of prospective Trustees; and keep pace with trends in corporate governance.


3. Congressional Affairs. Represent CNA with Congress; monitor and coordinate legislative/congressional activities including analysis of pending legislation, testimony and subpoenas, and compliance with lobbying restrictions placed on CNA because of its FFRDC status; stay informed of research results that could be relevant to members of Congress and/or their staffs; work to convey that information to Congress.


4. Interdepartmental coordination. Build and maintain mutually supportive relationships with all levels of management, staff, outside agencies and vendors.



1. Education: Must have a Juris Doctor.


2. Experience: At least 12 years legal work experience at a corporate level or in government. Must also have public policy and public management expertise. Work experience in a not-for-profit or government contractor environment is highly desirable.


3. Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with clients and external parties. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to generate trust and build relationships. Proactive with effective problem solving skills.


4. Other: Ability to obtain and maintain security clearance.


5. Remote/Hybrid Work Eligibility: This position is eligible for telecommuting or hybrid work arrangements at the discretion of the Supervisor. Employees may be required to work at CNA headquarters or other work locations resulting in changes to the scheduled telecommuting or hybrid work arrangements.

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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 here: "EEO is the Law" Poster""EEO 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.

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  • Job Family Senior Management/Executive
  • Job Function Career Path III - Senior Management/Executive
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