National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Director, Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor in Silver Spring, Maryland

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

Opened Friday 8/26/2016 (60 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) is responsible for the stewardship of the Nation’s ocean resources and their ecosystems in which they reside. NMFS provides vital services for the Nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy marine ecosystems, commercial and recreational use by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. NMFS provides services and products and conducts research to support fisheries management, recovery of protected resources, conservation and enhancement of habitat, international fisheries affairs, fishery development, trade, industry assistance activities, and the scientific and technical aspects of NOAA’s marine fisheries resources programs.


The Director, Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor provides national oversight, coordination and direction for science policy development, planning, and evaluation of NMFS biological and socio-economic research programs. The Director is responsible for the vision and leadership of national and regional strategic and tactical planning to ensure resource investments in science portfolio meet NOAA and NMFS mission and goals. As the Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for the discharge of the following essential organizational functions and duties:

  1. Develops and communicates short and long-term priorities to staff and stakeholders for collaborative synergies between NOAA senior executives and the academia to ensure scientific research programs support the Secretary’s vision for marine resource management and conservation.
  2. Promotes and develops technology innovation within NMFS of advanced modeling, new sensor technologies, and alternative sampling platforms in support of habitat assessment requirements.
  3. Ensures consistency in policy interpretation and application, and provides National oversight and direction for policy development, planning, and evaluation of NMFS multidisciplinary scientific programs to international scientific activities to support the Nation’s participation in international fisheries agreements, treaties and other appropriate global efforts to ensures policy interpretation and application are consistent.
  4. Serves as a spokesperson for NMFS science through regular, personal outreach to Congressional representatives, their staff, and interested constituency groups on NOAA programs and activities. This includes general support for regional and national science communications promoting transparent, accessible outreach to partner and stakeholder communities.
Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • This position requires occassional travel to meetings, visiting laboratories, etc.
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 Secret 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 and the educational requirement. 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 in 12-point font.

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

PTQ 1 - Experience leading scientific research organizations and major programs, providing expert scientific and technical leadership and direction to integrated, interdisciplinary, and effective science programs within a complex institutional structure.

PTQ 2 - Experience in setting regional, national, and/or international policy, including the administration and implementation of scientific programs to support natural resource management and regulatory agencies that directly impact on the conservation and management of the Nation's natural resources under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other similar and Federal related statutes.

Note: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 2 pages per PTQ, for a total of 4 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 (ECQs) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs) 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.


A. Degree:Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; or

B. Combination of education and experience:Courses equivalent to a major, or at least 30 semester hours in courses, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education; or

C. Experience:Four years of experience that demonstrated that the applicant acquired knowledge and understanding of one or more of the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or related disciplines equivalent to that which would have been acquired through completion of a 4-year course of study as described in A above.

Security Clearance


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 Shelita Aldrich, servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-713-6330. 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-0480-00/00

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: 448830700

Job Announcement Number: NMFS-AA-2016-0004