Deputy Director Office of Satellite and Product Operations

Suitland, Maryland
Oct 01, 2022
Oct 08, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

**This announcement has been amended on 9/20/22 to reflect New PTQs & Duties. No other changes were made to this announcement.**

The Deputy Director, OSPO, serving under the general guidance of the Director, OSPO, directs activities with OSPO related to the operational, technical, and executive management of the organization. The incumbent provides technical and engineering consultation for the review of NESDIS policy regarding development, implementation, and deployment to serve the civil remote sensing satellite user community.
The incumbent participates in policy level studies at the national level, under the authority of the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services.
As Deputy Director, OSPO, the incumbent has full responsibility for discharge of the following essential organizational functions:
1. Operates, maintains, and otherwise manages the NESDIS satellite control subsystems to ensure the safety, maximum operational lifetime, and greatest practicable utility of the spacecraft required to provide data for the many NOAA services.
2. Operates, maintains, and otherwise manages the NESDIS satellite data acquisition subsystems to ensure that the acquired satellite data are delivered for product processing in acceptable format, quality, and according to timeliness established by the users.
3. Operates, maintains, and otherwise manages the NESDIS satellite data handling and processing subsystems and their interconnection with other NOAA large-scale central computer information systems, which are required to convert the raw sensor data to physical observations to form data fields and other derived analysis products.
4. Operates, maintains, and otherwise manages the NESDIS satellite operations data handling and communications subsystems to produce products and distribute those produces throughout the United States and world user community.
5. Provides support to NESDIS for the design, specification, procurement, launch, and acceptance in orbit and transition to operation of new NOAA environmental satellites, in particular with respect to the interface of those satellites with the ground command and control subsystems(s),product processing and user services.
6. Ensures the efficient and effective utilization and management of allocated human and financial resources.
7. Ensures that funds are employed and controlled within the appropriate budget.

Operating under a delegation of authority from the Director, OSPO, the incumbent has full responsibility and authority for the discharge of essential organizational functions, including but not limited to:

1. Manages the GOES Data Collection System and the ARGOS Data Collection and Location System, the latter joint venture with France. These systems collect and relay data from remotely located platforms via the GOES geostationary and polar orbiting satellites, respectively. Responsible for daily operations, coordination for these systems and development and maintenance of regulations for the use of these systems.
2. Manages the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system, operates the U.S. SARSAT mission control center, and is responsible for coordinating and implementing the U.S. activities in the international satellite aided search and rescue program, COSPAS-SARSAT.
3. Acts for the Director, OSPO in the Director's absence and assists the Director with the management of the Off ice.


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/SCI 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.


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 requirements. 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):
PTQ 1 - Senior level/advanced knowledge of and experience in environmental satellites and their ground control and data acquisition systems.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated executive level experience with operation of large-scale, real-time information processing systems with a large user community.

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

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

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Special-Sensitive/High Risk SENSITIVITY 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


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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 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.