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Job Title:Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-04 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NSDIS-NCDC-2013-0020

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $101,322.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Thursday, July 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-1301-4

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive: Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent-Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

4

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Asheville, NC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All Qualified United States Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information (NESDIS) is looking for great people to manage our world-class operations.  Our satellites monitor US and global weather conditions and we also have three world-class data centers.  The data from NESDIS satellites help save lives and resources. Come be a part of NESDIS!

This position serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) of the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program. The position is organizationally assigned to the Director's Office of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), within the (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). NCDC is the world's largest active archive of weather data, producing numerous climate publications and responding to environment information requests from all over the world.

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. 

This position is also being advertised as a Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-4 under announcement number NSDIS-NCDC-2013-0021 (status). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.
Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.  A one-year probationary period may be required. This is a non-bargaining position. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • All requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.

DUTIES:

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In this position, the incumbent will:
  • Coordinate and lead the operational activities in the NCO of the USGCRP, to include the strategic planning, management, and implementation.
  • Develop new strategic directions and goals, as well as build team consensus around emerging scientific and programmatic plans.
  • Oversee interagency coordination across the participating agencies and departments of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, in strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation, annual prioritization, communications, and the development of decision-support resources and tools.
  • Develop work priorities within the NCO, and oversee the financial operations of the office.


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 qualification standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS SERIES:  

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.

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level (ZP-3 or GS-12).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-4 level:

Specialized experience:

Experience in enhancing or improving methods and programs related to the access of environmental information (especially climate-related information) across both national and international agencies and organizations. Experience in communicating verbally and in writing to coordinate with scientists, data managers, and other key decision makers for external groups (e.g., agencies, organizations, scientific institutions, data centers, steering committees, and/or scientific panels) on a national and international level about climate and global change information with decision-support.

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: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1301.htm 

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 self-assessment questions, 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 you 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:

  • Knowledge of climate observing systems and climate data  and applications.
  • Ability to coordinate competing scientific inputs into a single point of access for decision makers.
  • Knowledge of climate data management (access/delivery).
  • Ability to formulate and implement plans and budgets for staffing and training.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to act as an authority on programmatic and policy regarding USGRP.
  • Ability to create strategic plans.

For more information on category rating, please go to: http://hr.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@cfoasa/@ohrm/documents/content/dev01_006408.pdf


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:

More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

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, certification from the National Guard Bureau of 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 last 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:

* http://www.opm.gov/strategic_management_of_human_capital/fhfrc/FLX02020.asp#item1 - VRA

* http://www.opm.gov/strategic_management_of_human_capital/fhfrc/FLX02020.asp#item3 - VEOA

* http://www.opm.gov/strategic_management_of_human_capital/fhfrc/FLX02020.asp#item2 -30% or more disabled veteran

* http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp - ICTAP



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 "Update Application" 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 Specialist 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 along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s).  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: http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp.
  • 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.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. 

Note:  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.  You must provide all required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose  consideration for this vacancy.

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 - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.  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:

Marcy McAdams
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: marcy.mcadams@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/KC 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 ineligible (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:

NSDIS-NCDC-2013-0020

Control Number:

347241100