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Job Title:Director, Climate Prediction Center

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-2014-0014

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

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 01, 2014 to Monday, June 16, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
College Park, MD View Map


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






About the Agency

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period


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The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) delivers climate services consisting of the operational prediction of climate variability (related to extreme weather events, including extreme heat/cold, water weather, droughts and floods); monitoring of the climate system, the development of databases for determining current climate anomalies and trends, and analysis. These services cover climate time scales ranging from weeks to one year, extending into the future as far as technically feasible, and cover the domain of land, ocean and atmosphere, extending into the stratosphere. Climate services are delivered to the users in government, the research community, private industry and the public, both nationwide and internationally. CPC supports and stimulates the application of climate information and services with particular attention to applications in agriculture, energy, transportation, water resources, and health. To support these services, maintain their vitality and expand the utilization of climate prediction, the CPC engages in diagnostics research and studies of model output to improve the monitoring, analysis and prediction of the physical climate system. A close connection with research programs is accomplished through extramural sponsored research, collaborative research, cooperative institutes, and climate workshops.

The incumbent will apply new technology and new approaches to the analysis, diagnosis and prediction of climate fluctuations and trends on a regional and global basis. He/She will maintain awareness of current climate fluctuations, weather variability’s, and their impact on energy, natural resources, transportation, water resources, and health, both domestic and international. 


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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  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.

Degree Requirement:
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 minimun of:
          a. Six semester hours of atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics;

          b. Six semester hours of analysis and prediction of weather systems


          c. Three semester hours of physical meteorology; and

          d. 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

     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,

         eronomy, 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.


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



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 MUST fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and in each 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 an organization....] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led an 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
Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):
1.  Please describe your professional knowledge of and experience in meteorology and climatology as related to the provision of climate monitoring, diagnostics, predictions and applications.

2. Please describe your experience which demonstrates a full knowledge of physical processes and problems associated with long-range weather forecasting, analyses of short-term climate fluctuations, and physical diagnoses of atmospheric and oceanic processes and events.

3. Please describe your experience which demonstrates ability to direct large-scale operational and research programs/projects and fosters the acceleration of research into operations.
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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

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.


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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 and click on "Application Status." 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.


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 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".


Yolanda Knights
Phone: 301-713-6307
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Executive Resources Division
1305 East West Highway
Room 12629
Silver Spring, MD
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your application is received, it will be evaluated by an HR Specialist and rated 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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