Job Overview


About the Agency

NOAA is where science gains value for the Nation. The NOAA mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social and environmental needs. NOAA has four Mission Goals and a Mission Support Goal around which all work is planned and organized, they are: (1) to protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management; (2) to understand climate variability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond; (3) to serve society's needs for weather and water information; (4) to support the Nation's commerce with information for safe, efficient and environmentally sound transportation; and the mission support goal to provide critical support for NOAA's mission. NOAA's Line and Staff Offices executive activities required to achieve these goals through NOAA programs. These programs may involve the activities of more than one Line or Staff Office.

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.

The incumbent will serve as the Director of the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) within the National Centers for Environmental Predicition (NCEP). The OPC strives to be recognized as the mariner's weather lifeline through exceptional products and customer service. The OPC originates and issues marine warnings and forecasts, continually monitors and analyzes maritime data, and provides guidance of marine atmospheric variables for purposes of protection of life and property, safety at sea and enhancement of economic opportunity. These products fulfill U.S. responsibilites with the World Meteorological Organization and Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).

NCEP is a recognized global leader providing a seamless suite of operational environmental analysis, diagnostics and forecasts for a domain that ranges from the sun to the sea, including weather, ocean, climate, water and space weather predicition services. NCEP's success depends on addressing user needs and the requirements of our world-class employees to enable NCEP to best meet the evolving NOAA mission.


NCEP develops, produces and processes meteorological, short-term climate and oceanographic guidance and forecast products. The users of NCEP guidance forecasts and enhanced products are NWS field offices, the military and other governmental and non-governmental offices. The OPC is one of NCEP's nine National Centers.

The Director, OPC is a recognized expert in marine operational oceanography and meteorology with full oversight of the following:

1. Provides marine data, forecast, and warning services for the general public, the private sector and all branches of the U.S. Government including DoD, DoC, DoT, and similar services are provided under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization to the international community for the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and eastern North pacific regions.

2. Supervises the research aspects of the OPC which focuses on the development and implementation of improved data, forecast, and analysis applications research programs that require interaction with scientists from all over the United States and the world.

3. Leads operational implementation of new technologies and techniques for enhancing NCEP ocean products and services, with the knowledge required at an expert level for marine forecasting.

4. Implements the communication of OPC products to users and acts as the representative of NCEP in dealing with the establishment of cooperative agreements or memorandums of agreement/understanding as necessary or required.

5. Serves as a member of the NCEP leadership team, is responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization in the most economical manner possible while ensuring consistency with operational and application development responsibilities, and makes recommendations to the Director of NCEP concerning the modification of programs or parts of programs associated with marine data, products, and services.

6. Deals directly with international and other federal (including DoD), state, county and local governmental agencies on matters of mutual concern and is respon­sible for establishing working relationships with these agencies. Also, deals with organizations and individuals in the private sector in a similar fashion.

7. Plans and assigns work to be accomplished by subordinates after taking into consideration the capabili­ties of employees, task difficulty, requirements of the work being assigned, and resource availability, develops job performance standards and assists employees in achieving an acceptable level of performance, evaluates the performance of subordinates, and reviews evaluations of perfor­mance submitted by subordinate supervisors.

8. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees. Provides or makes recommendations for the provision of such training.

9. Hears and resolves complaints not resolved at a lower level, handles disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands, and recommends action in serious disciplinary cases.

10. The incumbent must be sensitive to the goals and objectives of supervised employees and be able to communicate to them the goals and objectives of the agency. Also, the incumbent must participate in the EEO program and be cooperative in carrying out action items in the NCEP Affirmative Action Plan.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation authroized.