Job Overview


About the Agency

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) research is conducted through OAR, a $450M organization with 800 staff and 800 contractors through academic partnerships. OAR is the driving force behind NOAA environmental products and services that protect life and property and promote sustainable economic growth. Research, conducted by programs within NOAA and through collaborations outside NOAA, focuses on enhancing our understanding of environmental phenomena such as tornadoes, hurricanes, climate variability, changes in the ozone layer, El Nino/La Nina events, fisheries productivity, ocean currents, deep sea hydrothermal vents, and coastal ecosystem health. NOAA research also develops innovative technologies and observing systems. The NOAA Research network consists of internal research laboratories, programs for Undersea Research and Ocean Exploration, a grants program through the Climate Program Office, research, education, and extension at Sea Grant universities and programs, and Cooperative Joint Institutes with academia. NOAA's research serves diverse customers. The average citizen benefits through earlier warnings of threatening weather, healthier coasts and fisheries, or a broader understanding of environmental processes. The private sector uses NOAA data to make business decisions and also employs technology developed and transferred by NOAA scientists. Federal agencies, state governments, and local authorities rely on NOAA research expertise for the sound scientific basis of crucial policy decisions related to environmental protection and restoration strategies. NOAA researchers are recognized as international leaders on oceanic, atmospheric, and environmental issues. For more information about OAR see: For more information about NOAA, see:


The Assistant Administrator (AA) for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research reports to the Deputy Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The position is responsible for consulting with the Under Secretary, Assistant Secretaries and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and other senior NOAA leadership and staff, and the Assistant Administrators of other NOAA components to keep abreast of agency research needs and opportunities. The position promotes research programs and activities that will strengthen agency science and its value to the public. An integral member of the NOAA leadership team, the AA for OAR also serves on the NOAA Executive Committee (NEC), the highest level executive management body within NOAA, through which NOAA senior leadership provide advice and counsel on high level operation and management issues and NOAA-wide policy. In cooperation with the NOAA Research Council, the incumbent will review research and development activities across NOAA and advise the Office of the Under Secretary on the need for, and efficacy of, NOAA research and technology development efforts. The incumbent will also promote the transfer of research results and new technology to others outside of NOAA, as well as represent NOAA in Department interagency groups on technology transfer and research and technology applications. The incumbent assists the Under Secretary in determining the most effective utilization of the Agency's scientific resources. This includes participating in an oversight role for the Agency's research and development planning and budgeting, and reviews of Agency programs to evaluate their scientific merit, identify problems and pathways toward solutions, critical technical issues, and progress of programs to ensure the Agency's specific objectives are met. The incumbent maintains an overview of NOAA's scientific programs including collaborative efforts with other Line Offices, countries and international agencies. As Assistant Administrator for OAR, the incumbent is responsible for the direction and administration of all activities of OAR, resolving operational and technical management problems, maintaining surveillance over operations, and ensuring the timely and adequate implementation of established goals and programs. The Assistant Administrator is responsible for the discharge of the following essential organizational functions to strengthen the preeminence and value of NOAA science and services for the public good:

  • Leads a coordinated research program that ensures OAR's compatibility and effectiveness in serving NOAA's programmatic needs over both the short and long term.
  • Conducts and manages research to promote a better understanding of the atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, climatic, and geophysical processes that underlie the services and products of NOAA.
  • Maintains oversight and portfolio planning and execution responsibilities along with the Assistant Administrator's of each corresponding Line Office, for the research and development programs being executed in the National Weather Service, National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service to ensure that research and development programs across NOAA and of OAR are designed to meet the current and future requirements of these service components.
  • Promotes the transfer of research results and new technology to other components of NOAA, and both to and from scientific organizations outside NOAA.
  • Maintains cognizance of and engagement with research and development programs being conducted by other relevant federal and/or university entities and ensures that OAR research investments complement external efforts.
  • Supports NOAA-wide planning, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting of NOAA's research and development enterprise, and provides guidance for optimizing the portfolio at near-term, mid-term, and long-term time frames.
  • Ensures financial integrity through the OAR Chief Financial Officer with an integrated accounting and financial management system including financial reporting and internal controls.
  • Promotes scientific integrity and encourages scientists throughout the organization to communicate science to their peers as well as to the media and non-scientific audiences to further scientific literacy and sound decisions making.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses may be authorized