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Deputy Assistant Administrator for Navigation Observation and Positioning

Silver Spring, Maryland
Closing date
Oct 3, 2022

The DAA has full responsibility for establishing, managing, and providing strategic direction for the Navigation, Observations, and Positioning programs within NOS, specifically:
  • Oversees the management, operations, and day-to-day mission execution of NOS Navigation, Observations and Positioning products, services, and information, and coordinates and integrates all aspects of mission execution to ensure consistency and coordination between programs.
  • Undertakes special assignments to develop and recommend new or modified policies and programs in areas of a complex scientific and politically sensitive nature. These require the incumbent to work with the Administrator in defining objectives and to work with the external constituencies of NOAA in developing the substance of NOS programs, and with Congressional and outside interest groups in tailoring these programs to the requirements of the political scene. Also, works with other Federal agencies to achieve coordinated research on problems of common interest.
  • Provides policy level authoritative representation to intergovernmental, national, and international councils and meetings concerning NOAA interest in the areas of navigation, observation and positioning. Participates in bilateral negotiations and in interagency coordination mechanisms to the extent necessary to assure that programs under NOS cognizance are coordinated with related programs of other Federal agencies. Develops policy delineating how NOS meets its Navigation mission.
  • Keeps abreast of new legislative and technological developments and problems which have an impact on NOS program and takes necessary steps to introduce desirable improvements in line with NOS responsibilities.
  • Oversight of NOS's Information Technology and data management strategies and Fleet Allocation Programs.


Conditions of Employment

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.

Key Requirements:
1. Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
2. Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
3. Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1 year probationary period.
4. Position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
5. Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required).
6. Position is subject to random drug testing.


SES Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs):
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 (PTQs):

PTQ 1 - Experience demonstrating the ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies; e.g., public interest groups, industry, academia and to establish cooperative relationships with governmental bodies at various levels.

PTQ 2 - Substantial senior level experience in administration and direction of scientific and/or technical programs related to navigation, observations, and/or positioning, including operations and data management.

PTQ 3 - Experience overseeing scientific program, planning, and policy development for physical science or environmental issues related to portfolio priority areas.

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

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Top Secret with Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Public 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.

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


SSN: You will be required to enter your full social security number (SSN) only to initially access and create an account at the OPM USAJOBS website; however, only the last four digits will appear in your resume. 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.

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

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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 Maria J. Gonzalez, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-628-1879. 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

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