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Job Title:  Director, International Affairs and Seafood Inspection
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NMFS-AA-2014-0021

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$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 31, 2014 to Friday, August 29, 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


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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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!

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is responsible for the management, conservation and protection of living marine resources within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. NOAA Fisheries also plays a supportive and advisory role in the management of living marine resources in coastal areas under state jurisdiction, provides scientific and policy leadership in the international arena and implements international conservation and management measures as appropriate.

Under this mission, the goal is to optimize the benefits of living marine resources to the Nation through sound science and management. This requires a balancing of multiple public needs and interests in the sustainable benefits and use of living marine resources, without compromising the long-term biological integrity of coastal and marine ecosystems.

Many factors, both natural and human-related, affect the status of fish stocks, protected species and ecosystems. Although these factors cannot all be controlled, available scientific and management tools enable the agency to have a strong influence on many of them. Maintaining and improving the health and productivity of these species is the heart of our stewardship mission. These activities will maintain and enhance current and future opportunities for the sustainable use of living marine resources as well as the health and biodiversity of their ecosystems.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.


  • 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 Director, International Affairs and Seafood Inspection coordinates policies to bi-lateral and multi-lateral formal and informal agreements concerning international fisheries management, protected resources management, habitat conservation and management and related underlying science issues and recommends United States positions with respect to participation and contribution to international cooperative marine resources activities. The Director supports capacity building in other nations to develop and implement integrated marine resources management through the provision of expertise from the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), other federal agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. It provides liaison with the Department of State and other agencies and non-governmental organizations concerned with marine resources issues for conducting international relations of the Administration.

The Director’s responsibilities consist of working with NMFS programs in planning, coordinating, and directing NMFS international programs, and carrying out tasks of special interest related to international activities. The incumbent exercises a Federal leadership role in establishing policies, guidelines, and procedures for NMFS special interest international programs including international and regional management arrangements; bilateral consultative agreements; scientific organizations and councils; and, other international arrangements of interest to NMFS.

The Director’s duties also consists of overseeing the activities of the Seafood Inspection Program assuring compliance with administrative procedures and guidelines and representing the organization in daily communication with a variety of federal, State, and public organizations and customers. The Director provides principal advisory services in matters pertaining to the administration and technical operation of seafood inspection services and oversight. Seafood Inspection services include:

  • Establishing Sanitation Inspection
  • System and Process Audits
  • Product Inspection and Grading
  • Product Lot Inspection
  • Laboratory Analysis
  • Training
  • Consultation
  • Export Certification
The Director coordinates these activities by establishing goals and objectives; setting programs standards; carrying out budget analyses and recommendations; monitoring program progress; evaluating the use of resources; and, interacting with NOAA and NMFS executives, high level officials of other agencies, state authorities, representatives of foreign governments, and concerned domestic and foreign industries/non-governmental organizations. The responsibilities of the incumbent require strategies that are national and international in scope, and have high public visibility, interest, concern, and receive frequent attention by NMFS leadership, the NOAA Administrator, Congress, and other high-level Administration officials.


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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.



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 demonstrated experience in evaluation/assessment of formal and informal cooperative agreements related to living marine resource management practices/activities in order to present recommendations regarding effectiveness, participation and/or contribution to national and/or organizational goals/objectives.

2. Please describe any senior level knowledge of and demonstrated experience in dealing with international treaties, convention agreements, and/or organizations/programs that directly affect the use, conservation and development of the nation’s natural resources, particularly those regarding living marine resource science and management.

3. Please describe your senior level experience interpreting and applying federal laws and regulations pertaining to the commercial processing of seafood products.
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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. 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.
2. ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Writing Example One".
3. 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
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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