Chief Operating Officer

Silver Spring, Maryland
Feb 05, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) leads coordination across mission execution units to ensure consistent NWS products and services meet partner and customer needs through COO management and oversight. The COO accepts responsibility for day to day mission execution for continued operation and management. Specifically, the incumbent has full responsibility for the following essential NWS functions:

1. Managing four subordinate Offices (Analyze. Forecast and Support Office, National Centers for Environmental Prediction,
(6) Regions, and the National Water Center).
2. Leading the Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) to ensure organizational and management continuity.
3. Managing the NWS Operations Center to keep DOC, NOAA, and NWS leadership apprised of any weather or service related concerns.
4. Serving as the national spokesperson for NWS operations.
5. Providing liaison services to help support other partnering agencies operations.
6. Monitoring and reporting service delivery performance measures to ensure effective and efficient operations.
7. Conducting and evaluating operational service efficiency, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction to ensure NWS is providing competitive warning and forecast services.
8. Developing NWS policy delineating NWS's mission and its public sector responsibility to produce and disseminate information.
9. Managing resources to maintain and sustain effective operational mission execution.
10. Identifying and validating national service requirements to ensure that service Improvements are implemented by NWS Offices that support service delivery.
11. Ensuring Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility principles, policy, and actions are upheld.
12. Ensuring partner and customer needs are accounted for in 3 year budget cycle planning activities.
13. Ensuring that the necessary management and technical support are provided to the COO activities, including program planning; program evaluation; budgetary preparation and support for mission execution.


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/Sensitive Compartmented Informationsecurity 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):
PTQ 1 - Experience in the physical sciences related to the provision of weather services as demonstrated by professional recognition in the fields of meteorology, hydrology, climatology, oceanography, and/or engineering. This also includes direct experience in assuring reliable information technology to support the processing of global weather, ocean, and/or hydrologic data and to the delivery of meteorological services to end users.

PTQ 2 - Demonstrated experience in managing day-to-day operations in a geographically distributed organization. This also includes experience in improving effectiveness or efficiencies of operations.

PTQ 3 - Demonstrated experience of the policies affecting the interrelationships of public and private weather warning and forecast roles and responsibilities.

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


Basic Requirements:
  • 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 A above that included at least 24 semester 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/Sensitive Compartmented Information 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.

    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 Charles McLeod, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 240-701-2642. 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