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Strategic Analyst / Strategic Initiatives Specialist
Falls Church, VA

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) is a Combat Support Agency responsible for supporting joint operating forces across the range of military operations and in support of combatant commanders executing military operations. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services throughout the Military Health System. It executes the Department’s medical mission, manages the execution of policy and serves as the program manager for TRICARE health and medical resources.

Cherokee Nation Assurance, LLC. (CNA) is seeking a Strategic Initiatives Specialist to join our team. The ideal candidate will work as an extension of the Director, Defense Health Agency, as a member of the Director’s Action Group (DAG) to own and drive ad hoc projects and proposed initiatives to successful completion. The person in this role should be able to work autonomously with minimal guidance to execute projects at the highest level.

The DAG provides senior executive support to the Defense Health Agency Director. The DAG consist of a dedicated team that performs forward-looking and related, strategic functions. DAG responsibilities will ensure the Director’s executive resources are properly aligned with the Director’s vision, strategy, and priorities. Further, the DAG is expected to bring creative yet critical analysis that supports this vision.

The DHA DAG is in need of a Strategic Initiatives Specialist to assist with analysis and development of improvements to initiatives, operations and procedures.


  • Draft for review, explorative and innovative solutions to inform and advance the Director’s      initiatives and other identified strategic issues affecting the DHA.
  • Conduct targeted research to answer questions of immediate and long-term relevance to the            Director.
  • Coordinate with DHA Directors to monitor progress and performance for select strategic    initiatives of the Director.
  • As required, coordinate with the Chief of the DAG and the applicable Office of Primary     Responsibility to respond questions and/or to develop indicatives identified by the Director, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff.
  • Identify and support evaluation of complex strategic issues
  • Gather information on systems/programs to find ways to improve or enhance initiatives
  • Upon completion of issue reviews, work with the team to prepare all-inclusive reports that communicate recommendations to develop, release, and improve the strategy or initiative


  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to advance concepts and ideas into fully developed Courses of Action
  • Knowledge of management principles, organizational theory, and techniques of analysis and evaluation
  • Knowledge of military administrative regulations and operating procedures
  • Knowledge of the mission, functions, and structure of the Military Health System, and able obtain data and information regarding work operations and to prepare a report of findings
  • Working knowledge of the United States Military and the Department of Defense to include but not limited to, ranks and titles of uniformed service members
  • Highly proficient in MS Office Tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Minimum of 5 yrs. exp. and bachelor’s degree in related field. Master's Degree can   supplement 3 years of experience
  • Active security clearance, Position of Trust, or Common Access Card (CAC) required
  • Ability to travel up to 10%
  • Knowledge of health information systems, medical research and development, and community outreach activities is preferred
  • Strong consideration given to experience supporting the Defense Health Agency, Military    Health System, Department of Veterans Affairs, and/or Congressional Offices  
  • Native Americans and Veterans encouraged to apply

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) is a technology solutions provider specializing in delivering information technology, management consulting program support and professional support services. CNA’s full scope of computer and technology-related services include enterprise architecture, application development, database administration, systems administration, networking, security compliance, configuration management, infrastructure services, video surveillance, access control and professional IT services. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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