Job Overview


Your Career Forecast is Sunny and Bright with the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service, (NWS), the world's preeminent weather and atmospheric sciences organization, offers you an opportunity to help protect American lives and property. Since 1870, the NWS has served the public by providing forecasts and hazardous weather warnings while studying the most dynamic forces of nature. Contribute your talents to this tradition. The National Weather Service...Working together to save lives.

The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Central Operations. NCEP Central Operations (NCO) provides for the procurement, installation, management, and operation of computer services crucial to the success of major NOAAscientific programs. The NCO develops policies, standards, procedures, and documentation for NCEP computer operations. It manages the implementation and monitoring of all operational modifications to ensure the reliability of critically important scheduled services.

Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement if they become available


The selectee for this position serves as the Chief of the Production Management Branch (PMB)with full supervisory responsibilities. A brief summary of the duties of the position:

  • Selectee shares responsibility for providing management assistance to the Director and Deputy Director of NCO with two other Branch Chiefs and, therefore, assists in the effective functioning of all services provided by NCO to NCEP, to other units of the NWS, and to other agencies and organizations.
  • Carrying out the mission of the organization in the most economical manner, using the precepts of sound management practice, and operates within the confines of the merit system.
  • Responsible at the top level in dealing with officials of other units or organizations and in advising management officials, higher in rank, on issues related to NCEP Central Operations.
  • Planning and defining the overall goals and objectives of the office as well as communicating them to others, making assignments pertinent to them, and reviewing work performed. For example, for the implementation of upgrades to the numerical forecast applications,
  • Determining resources requirements which include both the NCEP CCS and the NCEP and NWS Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN & WAN). This includes working with the Directors of the National Centers to determine goals and objectives, including the determination of what data must be communicated to each location.
  • Establishes work guidelines and requirements, makes decisions on work problems presentedby subordinate team leaders and contractors, and determines, through the budgetary process, the resources required for completion.
  • The position has personnel function authority that involves: leave administration, complaint resolution, employee discipline, development of job performance standards, evaluation of job performance, and providing assistance to employees to enable them to reach an acceptable level of competence. Personnel functions also include counseling employees on career goals, being alert to training and development opportunities for their career advancement, and making decisions on training and travel. Additional duties related to the personnel function include, but are not limited to, interviewing candidates for selection, promotions, and reassignments; actively participating in the Equal Opportunity (EEO) Program with emphasis on implementing action items cited in the current Affirmative Action Plan; and, where applicable, adhering to provisions of any other policies, programs, and plans.


Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. The handbook is available on OPM's website

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • PCS authorized for current federal employees only.