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Job Title:Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-3/4 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:OAR-AA-2013-0016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, March 22, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-1301-3/4

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

4

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

*All qualified United States citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

The Climate Program Office (CPO), created in October 2005, focuses on developing a broader user community for climate observations, research, products and services. It provides NOAA a focal point for program oriented climate activities, leads NOAA climate education and outreach activities, and coordinates international climate activities. The office plans, programs, resources, and implements a suite of climate programs and services intended to enhance the Nation's understanding of and ability to respond to the effects of climate variability and change.

This position is also being advertised as a Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-3/4 under announcement OAR-AA-2013-0015 (Status). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14. The ZP-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12.

* This announcement has a selective placement factor.

* A one year probationary period may be required.

* Relocation expenses are not authorized.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • This is not a bargaining unit position.

DUTIES:

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This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Climate Program Office in Silver Spring, MD. The incumbent will:

  • Develop strategies to attain program objectives, goals, and priorities ocean and earth science programs.
  • Manage fiscal resources with prescribed guidelines formulating the programs annual spending plan.
  • Actively participate in the Climate Programs Offices' broad planning activities to provide information on research gaps for the Earth System Science (ESS) program.
  • Provide advice and guidance in the design and planning of activities, projects and alternatives that are consistent with established policies, objectives and regulations.
  • Maintains and/or advancing the creation of new productive partnerships including working groups within the internal and external communities.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at:  Qualification Standards


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.

OR

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.

This announcement requires transcripts.

*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.

*If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.

For the ZP-3 level: Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade/band or equivalent GS-9.  Specialized experience at this level includes:

  • Experience in climate science research such as assisting in the investigation, evaluation, and analysis of atmospheric and oceanic processes. 
  • Experience assisting in the management of extramural research grants program(s)in the science area of climate variability and predictability, including ocean-atmosphere process studies,sea-level rise and the dynamics of large-scale ocean circulation (e.g., Atlantic meridional overturning circulation).
  • Experience in assisting with strategic planning for climate research programs.

For the ZP-04 level: Applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade/band or equivalent GS-12.  Specialized experience at this level includes:

  • Experience in climate science research such as the investigation, evaluation, and analysis of atmospheric and oceanic processes. 
  • Experience managing extramural research grant program(s) in the science area of climate variability and predictability, including ocean-atmosphere process studies,sea-level rise and the dynamics of large-scale ocean circulation (e.g.,Atlantic meridional overturning circulation).
  • Experience in strategic planning for climate research programs.
  • Experience as author or co-author of scientific and technical documents and reports in relevant subject area.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position go here.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However,your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the"gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How vou will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Knowledge of the theories, principles and practices in the area of physical science, such as oceanic, atmospheric and/or technological applications.
2. Ability to allocate and manage budgets.
3. Knowledge of communication strategies, planning, implementation and evaluation of processes.
4. Ability to speak to audiences with divergent and opposing views.
5. Knowledge of grants management.
6. Ability to effectively communicate.  

For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VRA30% or more disabled veteranPersons with DisabilitiesICTAP



HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at (mgshelp@monster.com) or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Assistant listed in this announcement.

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, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
• Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• 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. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Application of Standards for more information.

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

*Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website- Foreign Credentials. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janet Rizzi
Phone: 816-426-5916
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: janet.l.rizzi@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street, Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:

1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Job Announcement Number:

OAR-AA-2013-0016

Control Number:

340370400