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Job Title:  Director, Weather Prediction Center
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NWS-2014-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 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

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 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 Weather Prediction Center (WPC) interprets and improves upon advanced numerical weather predictions in the preparation of analysis and forecast guidance products to seven days into the future and beyond. These products, along with the numerical predictions and their derivatives, serve as a basis for forecasts issued by the field forecast offices of NWS and used by other governmental offices, the media, private weather services to the Department of Defense, the emergency management community, the aviation community and the general public.

Among other responsibilities, WPC maintains a forecast verification system designed to determine the value added by WPC forecasters. WPC works with academic and research communities, as well as others in the NWS, to transition research into improved NWS products and services.

 As the Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for:
1. Coordinating and directing the day-to-day preparation and issuance of WPC guidance analysis and forecast products.

2. Maintaining a constant awareness of the current and future weather data requirements of NWS, Defense agencies, the public, the aviation industry, and other governmental and commercial interests.

3. Facilitating the transition of research into operations of scientific developments, new procedures, and other techniques to increase the accuracy, effectiveness, and timeliness of NWS products and services.

4. Directing a comprehensive evaluation program of the accuracy of forecast guidance developed by the Center. Producing regular statistical summaries of various verification scores of Center forecast products. Providing feedback to the Environmental Modeling Center on the performance of dynamical predictions models.

5. Directing an international training program for meteorologists of other National Meteorological and Hydrologic Services under the auspices of the U.S. State Department and the World Meteorological Organization.

6. Responding to requests from television, radio, wire service, and print media for live and recorded interviews during significant weather events, as well as routine weather situations. 


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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 (synoptic/mesoscale);

          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 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.


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 any professional knowledge and demonstrated experience of atmospheric and technical processes and challenges associated with short-range to medium-range weather forecasting and the scientific diagnosis of atmospheric events.

2. Please describe your experience in synoptic meteorology, dynamic meteorology, and advanced meteorological workstations, and the application of each to numerical weather prediction and operational prediction by weather forecasters.  

3. Please describe your experience demonstrating an ability to direct large operational weather prediction programs and projects and to work with and meet the requirements of other governmental agencies and the international community.
To preview questions please click here.


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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." 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.


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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