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    The National Weather Service (NWS) is a component of NOAA:

    Our Mission: Provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.

    Our Vision: A Weather-Ready Nation: Society is prepared for and responds to weather-dependent events.

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    The position is within the National Centers for Environmental Predication (NCEP), National Weather Service (NWS). It is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position and serves as the Director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The National Hurricane Center's mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, and by increasing the understanding of these hazards.

    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 prediction 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 Weather Ready Nation (WRN) initiative. Furthermore, NCEP is at the forefront to capitalize and implement emerging scientific and technological advances. In that regard, NCEP must serve as a catalyst to coordinate, cooperate and collaborate through applied research, training, technology transfer and implementation of a common modeling infrastructure for global to regional applications. Partnerships with the entire community, and related operational and developmental test beds, will build off collaborations with the NWS, NOAA, other federal agencies, academia and the public sector to accelerate improvements in all NCEP products and services.

    Specifically, the NHC Director has full responsibility for the discharge of the following essential functions:

    • Provides warnings for the public and concerned special interests, including National, State and local emergency management communities, DoD, DHS and other entities of threatening hurricanes and tropical storms. In this capacity, the incumbent is directly concerned with the identification, tracking, and prediction of all Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Eastern North Pacific tropical disturbances and hurricanes as well as the authoritative warnings to the public.

    • Provides year round ocean and marine forecast services for assigned tropical regions in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean domains.

    • Is responsible for identifying and assesses the impact on short and long-term service problems of the deficiencies in the hurricane warning service area, and for consulting with other agencies and representatives from other countries concerned with disaster planning, emergency management, prevention, and mitigation of damage, and relief efforts.

    • Makes recommendations to the NCEP Director, concerning the initiation, curtailing, or changing programs or parts of programs associated with the U.S. hurricane warning services.

    • Oversees the functioning as a laboratory investigating new and appropriate ways of gathering, analyzing and presenting data for the tropical latitudes to exploit new observations such as those from satellites, aircraft, buoys, etc., and to develop efficient man/computer interactive programs to take advantage of evolving electronic data processing technology.

    • Represents the NWS and the NHC on many technical and planning Committees and serves broadly as a consultant and expert on tropical meteorology and hurricanes.

    • Interacts directly with international and other federal, state, county, local governmental agencies, organizations and with individuals in the private sector on matters of mutual concern and the NHC Director responsible for establishing working relationships with these entities, organizations, agencies and individuals.

    The NHC Director is expected to field technical questions on every subject related to hurricanes--ranging from observation requirements to forecasting rationale to mitigating strategies, to the status and requirements for research. The Director sets NHC program policy within the Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS) Strategic Plans. NHC short and long range forecast objectives are among the more successful efforts within the NWS and Commerce Department, being directly responsible for saving thousands of lives per year during active land falling hurricanes and indirectly offering opportunities for enormous savings in hurricane-caused property damage.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 20% or greater - this position requires occasional travel to meetings, facility visits, etc.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from all groups of
    Qualified Individuals/All-Sources (U.S. Citizens

    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

  • Job family (Series)

    1340 Meteorology

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474103700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.