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  1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Director, Meteorological Development Laboratory

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-2013-0064

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 12, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ES-1340-00

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Silver Spring, MD View Map
Silver Spring, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.
 
 

JOB SUMMARY:

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 resources...it'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 Weather Service (NWS) makes observations and measurements of atmospheric phenomena as required for meteorological and climatological services.  The NWS develops and distributes forecasts of weather and climate conditions and warnings of severe storms and other adverse weather conditions for protection of life and property.  It collects and disseminates weather and climatic information.  The NWS operates the climatological field program.  It maintains continuous watch over river stages and those weather conditions which produce floods; provides warnings of impending floods; furnishes regular forecasts of over flow and stage as well as seasonal water supply; and participates with other Federal agencies in hydro-meteorological investigations for overall planning and development for water resources. 
The NWS makes observations and measurements of ocean conditions as required by marine interests.  It develops and distributes forecasts and warnings of waves, tsunamis and other ocean conditions for protection of life and property and efficiency of marine operations.  The NWS collects and disseminates ocean information.  It develops the national meteorological, climatological, hydrologic, and oceanic service systems as well as improved procedures/techniques and meteorological, hydrologic, and oceanic measurements/forecasts and their dissemination.  The NWS develops techniques for the application of climatological data to meet user requirements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized

DUTIES:

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This Senior Executive Service position is located in the Meteorological Development Laboratory (MDL), in the Office of Science & Technology (OST), National Weather Service (NWS).  The MDL conducts and sponsors applied research and development aimed at improvement of diagnostic and prognostic weather information intended to be used as guidance in making official weather forecasts, and carries out studies for the general improvement of prediction methodology used by the National Weather Service.  The incumbent has full responsibility for the following essential organizational functions:

  • Directs the applied research effort of the MDL in developing and implementing new and improved methods of weather forecasting and analysis. 
  • Collaborates with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, the Environmental Research Laboratories, NWS Regional offices, and other components of NOAA in utilizing the results of basic research for the development of new computer applications, especially for user-oriented weather analysis, prognosis, and data interpretation.
  • Directs a program to test and evaluate the techniques developed within the Laboratory.  This involves the establishment of evaluation criteria and tolerances, and the design of experimental operational environments through physical or theoretical testing techniques. 
  • Makes results of the Laboratory program known to the scientific community through seminars, reports, papers, speeches, and other professional activity.  Collaborates with other agencies of the Government in arranging, performing, and reporting cooperative research activities. 
  • Reports the development of a local forecast applications program for the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS).  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of an executive.  To be considered for this position, all applicants MUST address each Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQ) and Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) questions listed in a separate narrative document.  Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions.  For detailed guidance on writing ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp.  Failure to meet the basic qualification factors will result in an automatic disqualification.
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.
 
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.


A. Degree: meteorology, atmospheric science, or other natural science major that included:

  1. At least 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of credit in meteorology/atmospheric science including a minimum of:
    1. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;*
    2. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems (synoptic/mesoscale);
    3. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and
    4. Two semester hours of remote sensing of the atmosphere and/or instrumentation.
  2. Six semester hours of physics, with at least one course that includes laboratory sessions.*
  3. Three semester hours of ordinary differential equations.*
  4. At least nine semester hours of course work appropriate for a physical science major in any combination of three or more of the following: physical hydrology, statistics, chemistry, physical oceanography, physical climatology, radiative transfer, aeronomy, advanced thermodynamics, advanced electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and computer science.
* There is a prerequisite or corequisite of calculus for course work in atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, physics, and differential equations. Calculus courses must be appropriate for a physical science major.

or

B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All applicants will be evaluated to determine the degree to which they possess the mandatory executive core and professional/technical qualifications. 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). ECQ and PTQ documentation should be attached under "Writing Example One" and "Writing Example Two", respectively. 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:
ECQ1. 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 http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf
 
Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):
 
1. Please describe your professional knowledge and practical experience in the theories, principles and practices of modern weather forecast and analysis systems; and applied research in the fields of hydrological, engineering, or oceanography.
 
2. Please describe your demonstrated experience in conceiving and directing large-scale projects and programs.
 
3. Describe your specific knowledge and experience with real-time, distributed processing and communication systems.
  
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BENEFITS:

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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#FEHB. Life insurance coverage is provided. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#life 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: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#retr You will earn annual vacation leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#VACA You will earn sick leave. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp#SKLV You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info: http://www.usajobs.gov/jobextrainfo.asp This link provides an overview of all of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/benefits.asp.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.
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. 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: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at  http://www.sss.gov/default.htm. Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
EEO:  NOAA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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.


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.

NOTE:  ECQ and PTQ documentation should be attached under "Writing Example One" and "Writing Example Two".

To apply, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USA JOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ 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 at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION WHICH INCLUDES YOUR RESUME, NARRATIVE RESPONSES TO ALL ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS, AND ALL REQUIRED SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED. 
1. Education: You must submit an official or unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned by the closing date of the announcement. If documentation verifying education is not received by the closing date of the announcement, you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.
If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization.  Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
2. If you are a current, retired or former Federal employee, you must provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify your status. If you successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, please provide a copy of your certificate. All required documentation must be provided on or by the closing date of the vacancy.
3. ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example One".
4. PTQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example Two".

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Yolanda Knights
Phone: 301-713-6333
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: yolanda.c.knights@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Executive Resources Division
1305 East West Highway
Room 12629
Silver Spring, MD
20910
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your application is received it will be evaluated by an HR Specialist and rated and ranked by a merit staffing panel of executives. The panel will make recommendations to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You may check your application status any time after the announcement closes. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to the system to drive status updates notification for applicants. We recommend that you update your USAJOBS profile to receive these status updates via email after the announcement closes. We will continue to update your status on-line as changes are made.

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Job Announcement Number:

NWS-2013-0064

Control Number:

351455600