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Job Title:Director, Office of Operational Systems

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-2014-0033

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, August 15, 2014 to Monday, September 15, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD View Map


Applications will be accepted from all U.S. Citizens.






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.


  • Occasional Travel
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  • No


  • 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 Office of Operational System (OOS) primary mission is to manage, operate and maintain the National Weather Service (NWS) systems for the domestic and world-wide collection, exchange, and dissemination of meteorological and hydrological data for the provision of information, processing, storage and display to support NWS service operations. These systems include the NWS Telecommunications Gateway (NWSTG), the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), the Next Generation Radar System (NEXRAD), the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS), Buoy Networks, NOAAPORT, NOAA All-Hazards Radio, Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN), and the Centralized Automated Data Acquisition System (CADAS).

The incumbent of this position has full responsibility for establishing, managing, and providing technical direction for OOS. OOS integrates real time operational elements of Engineering, and Field Systems (including radar and buoy data). Additionally, they provide consolidated operations and systems support of interrelated NWS systems under central management and control.
Specifically, the incumbent has full responsibility for the following:

  • Ensuring the development, coordination, promulgation, and maintenance of policies, plans, and procedures for the implementation, operation, and support of the NWS operational weather systems and systems interfaces.
  • Providing direction to the NWS offices and regions and maintaining liaison with other national and international agencies in order to operate and maintain effectively the required meteorological and hydrological data collection, dissemination, and exchange systems of the NWS.
  • Managing and operating the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) program.
  • Ensuring the analysis and evaluation of the information systems capabilities and performance and, in coordination with other offices, the development of specifications and proposals for new systems capabilities to serve current and near term NWS system needs.
  • Ensuring coordinated and controlled evaluation testing and validation of all modifications and enhancements to NWS operational systems, and systems interfaces.
  • Ensuring configuration management of all NWS operational systems including analysis, review, and tracking of all changes to the configuration baseline.


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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 experience of administrative and support programs, including but not limited to, human resources, budget and finance, facilities management, contracts and grants management, occupational health and safety, risk management, and information systems.

2. Please describe experience which demonstrates expertise in the planning, development, technical design, implementation and operation of large scale data management, processing, data acquisition and telecommunications activities.

3. Please describe experience which demonstrates an expert knowledge of and experience in advanced computer systems, software concepts, data base management, configuration management, and management information systems.
To preview questions please click here.


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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." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. 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
Room 12629
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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