Job Overview


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!

The Director, Satellite Ground Services (SGS) acquires and administers satellite systems and common ground service standards for spacecraft, launch services, sensors, communication, and ground receipt of data.  The incumbent conducts definition studies, provides overall satellite systems planning; performs detailed system integration, installation, and acceptance for the major components of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) civil operational remote-sensing satellite systems.  The incumbent will be responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the satellite and common ground services program (mission management, enterprise management, product generation, product distribution, access services, network services, short-term storage, archive and science and stewardship data processing, ingest and retrieval) across all NOAA satellite and associated acquisition programs in support of acquiring, processing, archiving, analyzing, and disseminating environmental data from satellites and other sources for use by government, commercial, the scientific and engineering communities, and the general public.


This position has specific degree requirements.  To determine if you are eligible please refer to the “Qualifications Required” section of this job announcement. 


As Director, Satellite Ground Services, the incumbent has full responsibility for the implementation and direction of the following essential organizational functions and duties:

Directs and coordinates the technical support activities of the common ground services (enterprise management and data/product distribution and access of satellite system services) across all NESDIS satellite and data acquisition programs.

Serves as key senior official in NESDIS with responsibility for planning and execution of all common ground services across all satellite and data acquisition programs.  The incumbent is accountable to the DAA, NESDIS and to NESDIS senior management for the common ground services portfolio.

Administers a comprehensive requirements identification and analysis process; establishes common ground services objectives, performance, engineering and cost criteria, and provides engineering and technical consultation regarding service capability, development, implementation and deployment for common ground services.

Directs the financial, programmatic, technical, contractual oversight, and performance metrics of common ground services.

Develops and manages the program acquisition for development and execution of common ground services.

Defines and direct satellite and common ground services research, development, and engineering activities that support the mission of OSGS and determine the potential impact upon overall program resources of accommodating new technologies.

Coordinates the technical transition of common ground services and satellite data to satellite operations by working with appropriate NESDIS counterparts such as the Director, Systems Engineering Program  and Director of Satellite and Product Operations.

Coordinates the integration and end-to-end testing of all NESDIS common ground services with program specific requirements related to NESDIS satellite and satellite acquisition programs; and,

Establishes mechanisms to ensure that the appropriate levels of management within NOAA and  partner agencies (e.g., NASA) are kept current on the program progress, problems and recommended solutions, and that the reporting requirements and actions from oversight.