Job Overview


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.



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.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • PCS is authorized.