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.
The Director is responsible for the management of all operational and scientific meteorological and hydrologic programs in the Region. These programs include: the development, operation and maintenance of observing networks; the provision of all weather and flood warning and forecast services; the review and upgrade of scientific programs and procedures in field office; the evaluation and monitoring of services and consultation with various users (state and local government agencies, emergency managers, and aviation interests); and the implementation and monitoring of the transition of regional operations and services and the regional filed structure under the National Weather Service (NWS) modernization and associated restructuring program.
As Regional Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for the discharge of the following essential organizational functions for the NWS in the Western Region field offices and in the region headquarters:
- Ensuring an effective severe weather and flood warning system to minimize loss of life and property.
- Ensuring the provision of effective weather services to enhance the efficiency of the activities and operations to the public, public safety organizations, the media, and other users of public weather services.
- Ensuring the provision of effective weather services through approved media to enhance the efficiency of various public and private interests located within the region, including those charged with responsibility for aviation operations, agriculture, air pollution control, forestry management, marine activities, etc.
- Ensuring timely and accurate weather observations and responsive communications systems in support of the overall programs of the region and the NWS.
- Ensuring the timely dissemination of weather forecasts and warnings to the public, the media, and other user groups.
- Ensuring that the NWS forecasts and advisories are responsive to the needs of the public and all users.
- Ensuring the effective transition of NWS services and implementation of new systems in accordance with NWS modernization and associated restructuring plans.
- Ensuring that funds are effectively utilized and controlled within the allocated budget of the Region and within national NWS guidelines.