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Job Title:Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (1301)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:OAR-ARL-2014-0029

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

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$120,479.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, August 14, 2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014




Full Time - Full Time Permanent




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


Applications will be accepted from all groups of Qualified Indivduals who are U. S. Citizens


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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:


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel may be required


  • Yes
  • Relocation Expenses may be authorized



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    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.


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    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed above. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in managing a comprehensive business program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each of the five mandatory Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and each of the mandatory Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Please give a complete and detailed answer for each mandatory qualification. 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. For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at 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.

    Eductional Requirement:

    Degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics, - OR- a combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors previously mentioned above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Specialized Experience:

    You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

    SES Executive Core Qualifications:

    ECQ 1 - 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): PTQ 1 - Broad background in science and/or engineering with experience in one or more of the following: atmospheric, climatic, oceanic, and/or environmental science. PTQ 2 - Broad knowledge of the technological applications and policy issues that motivate oceanic and/or atmospheric research and ability to communicate scientific principles and the value of research to a variety to audiences. PTQ 3 - Substantial experience in research administration and direction in area(s) relevant to OAR's mission.

    NOTE: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 3 pages typed 12 point font.


    All applicants will be evaluated by a panel of senior managers 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 are requested to fully describe their experience in each of the following five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and all of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). 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 XYZ organization] NOT [In 2009 Mr. Doe led the XYZ organization]).
    To preview questions please click here.


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    Relocation: Payment of relocation expenses may be authorized
    Background Investigation:
    This position is designated as critical sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated for a top secret clearance in order to establish eligibility.
    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.
    Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period:
    Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
    Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignments across geographical, organizational, and functional lines. You may be required to travel.
    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.
    Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, youBefore you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    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.

    Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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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", respectively, once you have completed the online questionnaire.
    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USA JOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen 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 by e-mail at (list e-mail) or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
    For questions, please contact: Christine Nalli, Director, Executive Resources Division, at 301-713-6301 or email at between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET no less than 24 hours before the posted announcement closing date.


    A complete application consists of the following:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
    • ECQs - Provide at least one full page typed narratives per executive core qualifications. Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages typed 12 point font. Failure to fully respond or address any of the core qualification will result in an incomplete application and the package WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
    • PTQs - Provide narrative response to professional/technical qualifications. Response should not exceed 1 page per PTQ
    • Education - If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information.
    • Documentation supporting career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM.
    Note:You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
    Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website -
    You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


    Christine Nalli
    Phone: 301-713-6301
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    WFMO/Executive Resources
    1305 East West Highway
    Silver Spring, MD
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified by email of the receipt of your application. The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

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