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    * This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date through March 09, 2020. *

    The Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF) focuses on implementing, guiding, and achieving a core mandate of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – ensuring the productivity and sustainability of fisheries and fishing communities through science-based decision-making and compliance with regulations.  

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    The Director is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing broad national criteria, operational guidelines and procedures for conducting fisheries management responsibilities under the MSA, Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, and other statutory authorities.  The Director provides policy advice and staff support to the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, and prepares policy interpretation and implementation guidance associated with the Nation’s marine fisheries. In addition, the incumbent has primary responsibilities for the following duties:

    1. Responsible for a wide variety of programs concerned with the conservation and management of living marine resources, within the context of balancing the conservation of these resources with ensuring a viable fishing industry that can compete efficiently and effectively within the international economy.

    2. The incumbent oversees the implementation of the Office’s human and budgetary resources ensuring financial, administrative, and integrates associated activities and controls within the office’s procedures and systems. The incumbent also supports the NOAA and NMFS strategic and budgetary planning process by aiding in the identification of financial and other resources needed to operate efficiently and effectively on both a national or region basis in the near- and long-term.

    3. Coordinates the activities of subordinate staff toward the broad objectives of defining and managing Office programs for the enhancement of resource conservation and management, identifying political and social barriers prohibiting the fishing industry from contributing most effectively to the Nation's economy; and establishing relationships with the regional, national, and international institutions necessary to achieve resource conservation and management program goals.

    4. Develops, promotes, and manages fishery conservation programs that are national in scope, providing all necessary coordination to take a leadership role in sustaining and, where necessary, revitalizing major segments of the U.S. fishing industry.

    5. Through continuous contact and negotiation with stakeholders and key Federal/state officials, seeks to: Change traditional and outmoded methods of operation; overcome problems created by conflicting Federal/state/local jurisdictions and laws; improve Federal/state working relationships by increasing the number of cooperative endeavors; and stimulate bilateral government/industry solutions to regional fishery problems through understanding of economic and other factors.

    6. In cooperation with the NMFS Regional Administrators, develops and implements recommendations regarding the enhancement or curtailment of agency programs, projects, or aspects thereof.  Carefully considers factors of timing, staffing and budget in relation to National short- and long-term goals.

    7. Drafts domestic legislation and prepares testimony for use of NMFS, NOAA, and Department officials at Congressional hearings and/or meetings. Testifies at Congressional hearings and meets with Members of Congress and their staff to provide agency policies, perspectives, and information.

    8. Represents the Assistant Administrator at NMFS, NOAA, and Commerce Department conferences to provide technical information on matters relating to the programs of the Office and agency.  Drafts correspondence responsive to Congressional and constituent concerns and questions for use by NMFS, NOAA, and Department officials.

    9. Works cooperatively with Federal and state agencies, international governments and organizations, and private industry on seafood quality, safety, and trade-related issues. Ensures trade monitoring programs are effective and provide timely and accurate information to agency managers and governing international bodies.

    10. Provides support for the Assistant Administrator and NOAA Directorate relative to operations of the councils, ensuring appropriate Secretarial appointments are made to the councils in a timely and appropriate manner, and providing recommendations on such appointments.

    11. Facilitates the development of regulations across NOAA Fisheries by processing documents published in the Federal Register and providing support to ensure that fisheries actions comply with all applicable guidance. Also tracks the status and progress of rules and actions across the agency.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Position requires occasional travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/557143400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.