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Job Title:  Director, Climate Program Office
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  OAR-AA-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
Thursday, October 25, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from all groups of Qualified Individuals/All-Sources (U.S. Citizens Only)


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!

This position, Director, Climate Program Office (CPO), reports to the Climate Goal Champion and the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Programs and Administration. This position is responsible for the overall development and administration, along with NOAA’s Climate Goal Champion and the Assistant Administrator, for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and working in concert with NOAA Line Offices. In this capacity the incumbent assesses science directions and user needs; sets program goals and objectives; plans, organizes, and implements program activities; coordinates implementation with appropriate NOAA components, and performs program evaluations. The position also provides day-to-day direction of climate programs and competitive grants, as well as the administration of grant awards. In this capacity the incumbent works with the external and internal climate science community to sustain critical climate science and service programs and implement new program areas based upon emerging science directions and needs of the agency and information needs of users. The Director also provides support to NOAA's efforts in the interagency climate and global change program.


  • *U.S. citizen
  • *Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Obtain/maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • A one-year SES probationary period may be required
  • If selected, Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure (SF-278) is required


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The Director, CPO is responsible for the development of climate science, services and information products for use by national, regional, and local users both within and external to NOAA. Consistent with USGCRP goals and in response to operational needs the Director organizes activities that:

1. Cooperate with the broad climate research community to set overall research priorities,

2. Work with the national and international communities to establish a global climate observing system,

3. Demonstrate and evaluate climate decision support tools to the national and international community based on an improved climate record and an advanced predictive capability,

4. Sponsor and implement competitively selected climate research and development programs, and

5. Develop, disseminate, and evaluate operational climate services.

The Director, CPO is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Climate Program responsive to identified national and agency needs. The Director is responsible for all program management activities including establishing goals, developing research and development plans, setting priorities, defining program direction, and implementing evaluations for accountability measures.

The Director, CPO is responsible for all operational aspects of the office, including financial management, budget development and justification, personnel management, grants and contract administration. Based upon the expressed requirements and justification of the Strategic Goal Planning Team, with the objectives of the Climate Goal Champion, and the Director allocates, controls, and reprograms present funds annually in order to maintain high quality activities to effectively meet NOAA’s and future climate service needs.

Reviews, analyzes, coordinates, and evaluates new and existing NOAA climate activities and proposals to assure their compatibility with NOAA’s mission as well as the interagency USGCRP. Serves as the NOAA lead representative to the interagency USGCRP. The Director serves as a spokesperson for the NOAA Climate Program in meetings leading to the identification of significant research projects and the establishment of operational objectives.

The Director, CPO performs analyses and evaluates climate plans, activities, and budget submissions in relation to estimated costs, schedule and performance. Ensures that the costs, schedule and performance of climate activities are presented accurately and completely. Initiates actions to ensure that climate activities are designed in accordance with operational requirements and promote the most efficient use of NOAA resources.



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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. 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.


Basic Education Requirements:

A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Specialized Experience:

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. Examples of specialized experience may consist of: 

  • Evaluating experimental atmospheric programs 
  • Providing leadership to a large scientific organization 
  • Leading policies related to climatic initiatives of national and international importance 
  • Designing oceanographic programs


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.  

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

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):

PTQ 1 - Ability to conceive, design, direct, and evaluate theoretical and experimental atmospheric, oceanographic, polar and terrestrial programs of a complex and large scale nature and ability to transition demonstrated research results to an operational environment.

PTQ 2 - Substantial senior level experience in administration and direction of a large geographically distributed scientific organization.

PTQ 3 - Experience which demonstrates the ability to work, interact and service the users of climatic products/services, including Federal and State agencies, academia, and international scientific groups.

MANDATORY:  Occupational Questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions)

To preview questions please click here.


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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 Top 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.



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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/ PTQs –Provide a maximum total of 10 pages(12 point font with 1 inch margins) typed narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Provide 1 typed page per Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Failure to fully respond or address any of the core/technical 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.



Tim Ash
Phone: 301-713-6304
Fax: 301-713-2083
Agency Information:
WFMO/Oceans Client Services Div
1305 East West Highway, Rm. 12615
Silver Spring, DC
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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