National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director, National Center for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Asheville, NC
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 9/19/2016 (34 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 11/17/2016 (25 day(s) away)

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.

The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) administers the Federal Designated Records Center for environmental information in the United States. This responsibility covers all aspects of science-based environmental data synthesis and informatics-based data stewardship. NESDIS is responsible for acquiring, processing, archiving, analyzing, and disseminating environmental data from satellites and other sources for use by government, commercial, the scientific and engineering communities, and the general public.


As NCEI Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for the discharge of the following essential organizational functions and specific duties:

  • Operate NOAA’s center for processing, storing, and servicing retrospective environmental records as a designated Federal Agency Records Center.
  • Perform all data management functions regarding data acquisition, archiving, retrieval, indexing, quality assessment, evaluation, synthesis, dissemination, and publication from global and national observation networks that are sufficient to describe the environment, have enduring value to the Nation, and facilitate sustained economic growth, exercise scientifically sound environmental management, and public safety.
  • Provide sustained monitoring and assessment of environmental trends and variations from national and global databases that describe the condition of atmospheric (weather, climate, and paleoclimate), geophysical (space and terrestrial), and oceanographic (hydrographic, physical, biological, and chemical) environments and their interaction with both ecosystems and the built environment, working with national and international groups (e.g., the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
  • Develop, operate, and maintain reference climate networks (e.g., the U.S. Climate Reference Network) necessary to monitor and track changes in essential climate variables, including processing systems to exploit the potential of new automated observational networks.
  • Prepare and provide products and services to users as a basis for regulatory standards and policy decisions, including federal, state, academic, and international scientific users.
  • Provide facilities, data processing support, data exchange, and training and expertise, to meet U.S. bilateral and international commitments, principally with the World Meteorological Organization, International Hydrographic Organization, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
  • Operate the World Data Systems components for Geophysics, Meteorology, Oceanography, and Paleoclimatology under auspices of the International Council for Science, providing expertise for intergovernmental and nongovernmental scientific programs.
  • Provide liaison with state, regional, and federal agencies to coordinate national environmental data and information program activities, and coordinate with other environmental information offices and research programs to advance science and technological approaches.
  • Provide data stewardship services, including transforming sensor data records into climate data records and climate information records for analysis and the timely and authoritative communication of climate changes and variations.
  • Fulfill the responsibility for the implementation and potential activation of the NOAA Continuity of Operations Site C Plan. Serve as the prime Communications Security (COMSEC) custodian, in the absence of the primary COMSEC custodian. Continually monitor control of the Secure Telephone Equipment and the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF).
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Position may require some travel.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation (PCS) may be authorized.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period.
  • Position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Position is subject to random drug testing.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. 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.

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.

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

PTQ 1 - Experience in the planning, development, implementation, and management of appropriate methods and procedures for preserving and organizing a voluminous and varied quantity of environmental records utilizing information technology best practices.

PTQ 2- Experience coordinating environmental data and information exchange and services through interaction with scientists and other officials of Federal agencies, academic institutions, research foundations, private sector and international organizations.

PTQ 3 - Thorough knowledge of sophisticated, state-of-the-art automated data processing techniques, equipment, and systems analysis in order to make financial and other resource decisions regarding changing technology and the manner in which data is ingested, processed, stored, recovered, and disseminated.

Note: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 2 pages per PTQ for a total of 6 pages.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example of ECQ statements are available at

As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, you must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability; and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ's) listed under "How You Will Be Evaluated." Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the Federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or non-governmental organizations.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: A 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 mentioned) that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

The Office of Executive Resources will provide notification of applicant status through periodic emails at the four points of the hiring process, as applicable, in a timely fashion. The four points of notification are: Application Received; Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Not Met; Panel Rating of Best Qualified (Application referred to the Selecting Official) or Panel Rating of Qualified/Not Qualified (Application not referred to Selecting Official); and Selected or Not Selected. The most best 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.

Applicants can check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing USAJOBS website.

Select "My USAJOBS" and enter your ID and password. Click the link titled "Applications" and select the link under "Application Status" next to the name of the announcement. Your status will be updated as changes occur.

The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist at the telephone number listed in the announcement.


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Other Information

*Background Investigation:*This position is designated as Non-Critical Sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security 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 (OGE-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.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Direct Deposit:All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at

Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

EEO: The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify James Triem, servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-713-6374. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

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.

Salary Range: $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: ES-1301-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Applications will be accepted from all groups of Qualified Individuals (U.S. Citizens Only)

Control Number: 450063700

Job Announcement Number: NESDIS-AA-2016-0017