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Job Title:  Assistant Administrator for National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Services
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NESDIS-AA-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
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD View Map
Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.
Top Secret/SCI


About the Agency

This position is located the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). NESDIS administers an integrated program for the development and use of all operational civilian satellite-based environmental remote sensing systems and the national and international acquisition, processing, dissemination, and exchange of environmental data. This program includes the design, development, and operation of a series of civilian satellite systems for the purpose of observing land, ocean, and atmospheric conditions and the sun; and the processing and distributing of satellite products and services to domestic and foreign users on a recurring basis. NESDIS is responsible for acquiring, processing, archiving, analyzing, and disseminating environmental data from satellites and other sources for use by government, commerce, industry, the scientific and engineering communities, and the general public. This position requires a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) and a Top Secret security clearance and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) clearance.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required.


  • Yes
  • PCS is authorized.


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


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The Assistant Administrator, National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Services (NESDIS) is responsible for the direction and administration of all activities of NESDIS, resolving operational and technical management problems, maintaining surveillance over operations, and ensuring the timely and adequate implementation of established goals and programs. The Assistant Administrator is responsible for the discharge of the following organizational functions:

  • Assures effective operation of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), including acquisition and development of new satellite systems; utilization of satellite data in meteorology, land, oceanic and near-space services; management of all operational satellite program within NOAA, coordination of research-oriented satellite activities with NASA and the Department of Defense, management of the nation’s primary repositories for climatic, oceanographic, geophysical, and solar-terrestrial data; and development and management of new and improved environmental data management techniques.
  • Determines and validates requirements for environmental land, oceanic, and solar-terrestrial satellite services, and develops long-term plans for satellite-based earth remote sensing systems.
  • Determines and validates program requirements for atmospheric, oceanic, land, and near- space data acquisition, validation, distribution, storage, and dissemination.
  • Conducts program to encourage international cooperation relating to the development and operation of the U.S. civil operational remote sensing satellite systems and environmental data acquisition, storage and dissemination; develops and maintains relationships, both formal and informal, with domestic and foreign governmental entities necessary to achieve this coordination. Oversees the management of climatological research, product development, and data processing facilities supporting environmental satellite, data, and information needs of government users, the private sector, researchers, and individual users.
  • Oversees the planning, acquisition, development, operation, and data delivery for NOAA meteorological satellites, including arrangements for system development, launch services, negotiation and coordination of support arrangement with other federal agencies and contractors.
  • Ensures financial integrity through the NESDIS CFO with an integrated accounting and financial management system. Including financial reporting and internal controls.
  • Ensures efficient management of NESDIS personnel and other resources.
  • Maintains the cognizance of programs and requirements of the National Weather Service, National Ocean Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to ensure that the satellite and information services of NESDIS meet their requirements.
  • Administers programs for support in time of civil emergencies and ensures cooperation between NOAA and DOD in times of declared national emergency.
  • Discharges federal coordination functions assigned to NOAA relating to civil operational remote sensing satellite systems, including issuance of licenses for commercial land remote sensing as required by law, and performs other functions as may be assigned by the Administrator.


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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:
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.


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.

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


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. 
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. Substantial executive-level experience in administration and direction of complex acquisition programs for technologically advanced satellite systems, space systems, or other system of similar complexity, including identification of requirements, development of objectives, evaluation of options, and determination of final courses of action.

2. Demonstrated ability to lead major organizational change in a challenging environment, including formulating effective strategies and building support with key stakeholders, including high-level Federal officials, the Congress, private sector executives, and international partners, on complex programs and/or operational missions.

 3. Demonstrated experience and technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: scientific program planning and policy development, technology assessment, satellite engineering, data quality, systems design, program management, or a closely related field.

4. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction to operational programs, data services, and system engineering development with satellite, space systems, or other system of similar complexity. 
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 (OGE-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".


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  • 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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