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Job Title:  Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NMFS-PR-2013-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, US

Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals who are U.S. citizens.


Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at the NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

As Director, Office of Protected Resources, the incumbent is responsible for advising the Assistant Administrator (AA) for Fisheries on all matters dealing with marine mammals and marine species listed as endangered or threatened which are under Department of Commerce jurisdiction as well as marine biodiversity. The incumbent directs and administers all activities of the Office. S/he reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations on all NMFS programs authorized by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Fur Seal Act of 1966 (FSA), the Whaling Convention Act of 1949 (WCA) and other relevant statutes.



    Maintains an overview of, and coordinates reviews and evaluates marine mammal and marine endangered/threatened species research activities of the NMFS to assess their relevance to national goals and to ensure timely availability of adequate information. Develops and executes policies and guidelines to facilitate implementation of these programs and to promote efficient performance in the Central and Regional Offices. Serves the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries as the authoritative specialist on these programs and policies, explaining and supporting them at conferences and hearings.

    Coordinates Agency responses to natural or human-induced crises which may impact marine mammals and endangered or threatened marine species and biodiversity.

    Maintains a close liaison with, and responds to inquiries from, the Marine Mammal Commission, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Congress, State and regional officials, other federal departments, foreign governments, the scientific community, environmental organizations, public interest groups and the media concerned with issues pertaining to marine mammals, marine species listed as endangered or threatened, and biodiversity of living marine resources.

    Assists coastal state agencies in the development of marine mammal and endangered/threatened marine species conservation programs.

    Develops and promulgates programs, procedures, and regulations for the issuance of necessary permits for management, enhancement, incidental take or harassment, scientific research, capture for public display, commercial and educational photography, and import/export of marine mammals and marine species listed as endangered or threatened, and for listing, delisting or changing classification of ESA-listed marine species.

    Prepares reports and develops procedures and regulations required by statute, including the Administrative Procedures Act, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Paperwork Reduction Act, and Executive Order 12291.

    Develops, reviews, promotes and coordinates programs, management systems, policies, regulations, proposed legislation and agreements on national and international management, conservation, and enhancement of protected marine resources, biodiversity of living marine resources and ecosystem integrity. Participates, in cooperation with the State Department, in international negotiations on these issues with entities including the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, International Whaling Commission, International Sea Turtles Fora, Convention on Biodiversity, Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Marine Resources, World Conservation Union, World Bank, General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT), Organization of Economic Community Development (OECD), and North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

    Oversees research on fur seal biology and management to conform to the principles and policies of the FSA and the MMPA.

    Develops recommendations and implements programs for management of the Eskimo bowhead whale harvest.

    Coordinate with other elements under the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, as well as other parts of NOAA to assist in the development of improved fishing methods and gear to reduce incidental taking of marine mammals during commercial fishing operations, and to study the relationships between this Office’s programs and other NOAA programs to ensure consideration of protected resource issues during NOAA policy formulation.


    Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

    Specialized experience may consist of, but not limited to: conserving, enhancing, and protecting fish, wildlife, and plants, and their habitants; advocacy and leadership in administering and managing fish and wildlife resources as required by legislation; directing and/or formulating policies, plans, standards, and procedures for comprehensive fish and wildlife conservation and restoration programs;


    A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


    B. Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    C. Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the mandatory ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

    Applicants currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM are not required to address the ECQs but must address all mandatory PTQs.


    All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications.

    To be rated and considered for this position, applicants are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

    When addressing the ECQ and PTQ requirements, please use the first person as you assess and describe your leadership qualifications. (e.g., [In 2009 I led XYZ organization] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led the XYZ organization]).

    SES Executive Core Qualifications:

    ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    NOTE: Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. For more detailed information and samples please see the OPM link


    Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

    1. Experience in environmental and biological sciences, with emphasis in oceanography, marine biology, ecology, resource economics, or conservation biology; or, experience in natural resource conservation and management at the national and international levels, such as experience in the conservation of marine mammals or endangered species, marine biodiversity, habitat conservation, or fisheries management.

    2. Demonstrated ability to review complex marine resource regulations, legislation and related documents with respect to their scientific, technical, economic and/or policy implications.

    3. Experience in close working relationships with diverse constituents and negotiations with high level officials within Federal/state agencies, foreign governments, academic institutions, and private sector organizations.

    To preview questions please click here.


    You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

    Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

    New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

    You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

    You will earn sick leave. More info:

    You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

    This link provides an overview of all of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


    Relocation: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized

    Background Investigation: This position is designated as critical sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated for a Secret clearance in order to establish eligibility.

    Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignments across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. You may be required to travel.

    Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment.

    Signature: Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.


    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.


    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: ECQ and PTQ Documentation should be attached under “Writing Example One” and “Writing Example Two”, respectively, once you have completed the online questionnaire,

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USA JOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.


    A complete application consists of the following:

    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

    • ECQs –Provide a maximum of two full pages (12 point font with 1inch margins) typed narratives per core qualifications.

    • PTQs- Provide a maximum of one full page per professional technical qualification Failure to fully respond or address any of the qualifications will result in an incomplete application and the package WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

    • Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.

    Documentation supporting career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM.

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

    You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.


    DeJoun Taylor
    Phone: 301-713-6333
    Fax: 301-713-2083
    Agency Information:
    WFMO Executive Resources Division
    1305 East West Highway, Rm.
    Room 12613
    Silver Spring, MD
    Fax: 301-713-2083


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified by email of the receipt of your application. The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

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