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 National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) provides national leadership in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes science that builds the strong scientific foundation essential for sustainable use of coastal resources.  NCCOS capitalizes on comprehensive, integrated research, monitoring, assessment, and technical assistance capabilities to address critical national coastal environmental problems, build better linkages among NOAA's coastal programs that are responsible for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, and strengthen the scientific basis underlying effective coastal management.  NCCOS provides high-quality science for predicting coastal ocean, Great Lakes, and watershed processes, and delivers data, information, products, and technical assistance to other parts of NOAA and to Federal, state, academia, non-governmental, and public partners.  NCCOS establishes effective mechanisms to ensure the scientific and technical merit of NOS' coastal science programs.  NCCOS capitalizes on a strong regional presence and partnerships between NOAA and external scientific and technical expertise to improve the scientific basis for environmental decisions in the U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters.


As Director, NCCOS, the incumbent is responsible for building a base of programs which combine high-quality and innovative science that are relevant to NOAA's coastal mission and responsive to user needs and expectations.  Specific duties include the following:

  • Plans and oversees management of NCCOS activities ensuring effective management techniques are utilized to develop and implement short- and long-range plans to meet NOS needs and objectives.
  • Responsible for advising on the impact/effectiveness of policy decisions, and the ability of NOS/NCCOS to comply with proposed regulatory/legislative initiatives.
  • Develops long-range program plans to meet agency/organizational objectives and user requirements, assesses new requirements and current policy guidance; analyzes NOS/NCCOS capabilities; establishes new procedures/processes; determines alternative courses of action; and, recommends program priorities.
The incumbent also oversees the implementation of NCCOS' human and budgetary resources ensuring financial, administrative, and ADP activities are integrated with NCCOS' procedures and systems, and supports the NOAA and NOS strategic planning process by siding in the definition of financial and other resources needed to efficiently and effectively run NCCOS and those essential elements in the near and long-term.