Director Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning

Silver Spring, Maryland
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The OSAAP Director will have full responsibility for the discharge of the following essential
organizational functions at NESDIS:
1. Serves as the end-to-end (from space sensors to delivery of data products) system
architect for NESDIS.

2. Defines, analyzes and allocates level 0/1 requirements for assessment and
implementation by the organizational divisions.

3. Performs validation of 0/1 level requirements, through the architecture and organizational
divisions accountable for meeting the allocated mission-level requirements.

4. Supports the budget strategy and formulation process and the definition of acquisition
programs to meet NESDIS mission objectives.

5. Leads technical evaluation of major systems acquisition programs.

6. Develops and maintains Program/Project and Systems policy to enable successful
execution of the mission-level requirements by the different elements.

7. Defines and manages Enterprise level configuration control of the end-to-end system

8. Leads studies to support near term architecture level issues, conducts enterprise level
sensitivity and reliability analyses, and performs trades and technology assessments to
support long term planning and strategic direction and technology investments.

9. Acts as technical liaison within the United States and international industries relating to
the end-to-end systems architecture.


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 Secretsecurity 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.


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 (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): HR SPECIALIST ENTERS IN PTQs
PTQ 1 - In-depth technical knowledge of, and experience in, the fields of physical science or systems science in order to develop and procure remote sensing satellites, their instrumentation, data acquisition, and processing systems.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated leadership in the systematic approach to requirements, architecture planning, strategic planning, and systems engineering of major acquisition systems.

PTQ 3 - Knowledge and experience in directing the development of major satellite system programs.

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

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A. Degree: 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.
B. Combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Top Secret Security 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


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.

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 Gerry Coffee, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at Gerry.Coffee@NOAA.Gov or by telephone at 301-628-1893. 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.