Associate Director for Natural Hazards

Reston, Virginia
Nov 27, 2022
Dec 03, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

NOTE: The closing date of this announcement has been extended until Friday, December 2, 2022.

The Associate Director for Natural Hazards reports to the Director, U.S. Geological Survey and is responsible for providing executive leadership over a broad array of natural science investigations and research to safeguard people and property and keep natural hazards from becoming disasters. The incumbent provides oversight over the Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources, Earthquake Hazards, Volcano Hazards, Landslide Hazards, Global Seismographic Network and Geomagnetism programs. Responsibilities include:
  • Provides advice and counsel to the Director and Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and shares in the planning, direction and management of the integrated science programs of the bureau. As a member of the ELT, provides critical oversight and evaluation of broad natural science programs to assure that the human and fiscal resources, interdisciplinary direction and bureau-wide coordination needed to carry out the mission of the USGS are flexible, available, and effectively managed.
  • Provides strategic direction that integrates the Natural Hazards Mission Area programs with the overall strategic goals of the Bureau and the Department of the Interior, as well as the goals of the current Administration and the Government Performance and Results Act.
  • Provides executive leadership to ensure that the Bureau's scientific and technical program priorities and goals stay at the forefront of national policies and emerging priorities, satisfy the needs of external customers and constituent groups, and promote the integrated, interdisciplinary scientific natural science program direction of the USGS.
  • Represents the USGS with Federal, State, and local governments, the scientific community in the private sector and academic institutions and to customers and constituent groups.


Conditions of Employment

Key Requirements:
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a TOP SECRET clearance.
  • Requirements:
    • A background investigation is required for this position. It is not a prerequisite to apply, however, the selectee must possess the ability to obtain and maintain a background investigation with a top secret clearance as a condition of placement in this position. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
    • Subject to approval by the Department of the Interior's Executive Resources Board.
    • Initial appointments to the career Senior Executive Service must have ECQs certified by an OPM's Qualifications Review Board prior to appointment and you will be required to serve a one year probationary period.
    • Employees of the USGS are subject to the provisions of the Title 43, U.S. Code, Section 31(a) and may not according to this legislation and related regulations: (a) have any personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in lands, or mineral wealth of such lands, whose title is in the United States; (b) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations; or (c) have any substantial personal or private interest, direct or indirect, in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business in the United States, except where specifically authorized by the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey.
    • Within 30 days after selection, incumbent of this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278) and supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest (DI-278).
    • Every Federal employee is subject to comply with Ethics rules. Serious candidates for this position must be cleared of conflicts that would prevent them from performing the duties of the position.
    • OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.
    • The DOI places a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspectives and encourages applications from all interested eligible candidates, including candidates from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


    As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Technical Qualifications (TQs) below. The ideal candidate will have science management experience supervising employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in federal service or its equivalent in the private sector, State or local government, or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirement and all ECQ and TQ factors automatically disqualifies an applicant.

    Please provide a written narrative describing your experience that has equipped you for this position. Your examples should be clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. Be specific in describing results achieved for each of the factors. EACH ECQ and TQ MUST BE ADDRESSED SEPARATELY . Narrative statements for the ECQs must not exceed 10 pages total. Narrative Statements for the TQs must not exceed two pages each. The narrative addressing ECQs should follow the format provided at . Applicants who refer to their resume as a response will not receive consideration.

    If you are a current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been previously certified by OPM's Qualification Review Board (QRB), you are not required to address the ECQs. However, you MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory TQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES members should include a copy of your SF-50 (notification of personnel action) with your application documenting your career appointment to the SES. SES CDP graduates should include a copy of your OPM certificate.

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) -Mandatory:

    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. Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

    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. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

    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. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

    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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation.

    Technical Qualifications (TQs) - Mandatory :

    TQ1 - The ability to apply a broad knowledge of the physical and natural sciences, especially related to investigations and research on natural hazards, in planning integrated, multi-disciplinary science programs, projecting long-term future directions for science initiatives, and consulting with external partners and constituencies on areas of research and the application of this research to decision making.

    TQ2 - The ability and professional stature to effectively represent the interests and capabilities of USGS science programs, especially natural hazards programs, at the technical and policy level in activities related to program, budget, and collaborative efforts and initiatives.

    TQ3 - Ability to effectively develop, plan and implement long-term hazard monitoring networks and risk assessments; cultivate strategic partnerships; coordinate with local, State, Tribal, and Federal emergency managers, communities, and governments; and lead high-level groups of decision makers, scientists and partners to develop policy, strategy and mutual goals to further the Nation's ability to respond to, mitigate, and reduce the risk of natural hazards.


    This position may be filled in any the following occupational series. If you wish to qualify for a series for which a degree is required, you must certify that you have the qualifying education by including a list of course work, semester hours earned, and grade received, or provide a copy of your transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable):

    ES-401, Biological Sciences, ;

    ES-1301, Physical Sciences, ; and

    ES-1350, Geology,

    Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: .

    Additional information

    Other Information:
    • Time in grade restrictions and Veterans Preference do not apply in consideration of candidates for the Senior Executive Service.
    • Under Executive Order 11935, only U.S. citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.
    • Competitive status is not required.
    • Under 5 U.S.C. 3131, the SES provides flexible assignment rules to accomplish the agency mission.
    • To learn more about the Senior Executive Service:
    • Pay increases and recognition are based on performance if applicable.
    • Telework is determined on a case-by-case basis. Supervisory positions may be considered for a situational telework arrangement if deemed in the best interest of the agency.
    • Relocation expenses may be authorized.
    Agency Benefits:
    • Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Look for additional information along with links to pages that spell out the details below at .