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Job Title:  Science and Research Director, Pacific Island Region
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NMFS-PIC-2014-0021

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, August 5, 2014 to Thursday, September 4, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Honolulu, HI 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 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 (NMFS) 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.


  • 25% or Greater
  • 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 Director leads resource research programs specific to living marine ecology and resources generally identified within the region and adjacent waters in which the research facilities are located. In addition, the Director leads research in fixed facilities, and oversees research carried out onboard vessels at sea. The executive plans, develops, and manages multidisciplinary research programs necessary to provide scientific information to regional fishery management councils and protected species recovery teams. The outcomes of the research support international, national, and regional National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) programs and provide information to various user groups. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing scientific policies and information on living marine resources to help provide advice related to domestic and international conservation, utilization, and treaty requirements in the Western Pacific Ocean.
  • Providing scientific advice on the conservation of NOAAs trust species to NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office managers, Western Pacific Fisheries Management Council, Pacific Scientific Review Groups, Biological Review Teams, and others entities as necessary.
  • Planning research to improve NOAAs understanding of the relationships between living marine resource, the chemical, physical, and biological conditions to which they are exposed, and coastal communities which depend upon these resources.
  • Leading surveys to monitor, assess, and predict the abundance and distribution of living marine resources.
  • Directing socio-economic studies of coastal community resilience with special consideration of the impacts of NOAA regulatory activities.
  • Leading the development of new tools and analytic methods related to the conservation of coastal communities, fisheries, protected species, and their habitats.
  • Fostering cooperative relationships with other NOAA Line Offices, Federal and State agencies, tribal organizations, academic institutions (notably NOAAs Cooperative Institutes and Sea Grant programs), and other nongovernment organizations (both industry and environmental).
  • Provide advice to NOAA Fisheries leadership through participation on the Fisheries Science Board, Leadership Council, and other relevant bodies.
  • Provide Congressional advice, briefings, and testimony on the status of living marine resources and marine science in the Western Pacific region.


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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.

Education Requirement

  1. Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


  2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  3. Experience: Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in 1 above.



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 direct knowledge of and experience with marine science based fishery, wildlife biology, zoology, oceanography, economics or other social sciences, ecology, or chemistry as applied to conservation and management of living marine resources.

2. Please describe your demonstrated experience leading difficult, thorough, penetrating, and imaginative marine based research science programs and policies.

3. Please describe your demonstrated experience administering a program that conducts applied research on fisheries management, protected species conservation, or habitat conservation and restoration, domestically and/or internationally.

To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:


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.


A complete application consists of the following:

1. Transcripts: 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 by the closing date to be considered.

2. SF-50 (if applicable): 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. ECQs: A narrative response to all ECQs should be attached under "Writing Example One".

4. PTQs: A narrative response to all PTQs 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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