Director, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Washington D.C.
May 30, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

***The vacancy closing period has been extended from July 5, 2017 to July 19, 2017 in order to obtain a sufficient applicant pool.***

NOAA is where science gains value for the Nation. The NOAA mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social and environmental needs. NOAA has four Mission Goals and a Mission Support Goal around which all work is planned and organized, they are: (1) to protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management; (2) to understand climate variability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond; (3) to serve society's needs for weather and water information; (4) to support the Nation's commerce with information for safe, efficient and environmentally sound transportation; and the mission support goal to provide critical support for NOAA's mission.

The position is located in the National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and provides national leadership in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes science that builds the strong scientific foundation essential for sustainable use of coastal resources. NCCOS capitalizes on comprehensive, integrated research, monitoring, assessment, and technical assistance capabilities to address critical national coastal environmental problems, build better linkages among NOAA's coastal programs that are responsible for ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, and strengthen the scientific basis underlying effective coastal management. NCCOS establishes effective mechanisms to ensure the scientific and technical merit of NOS' coastal science programs. NCCOS capitalizes on a strong regional presence and partnerships between NOAA and external scientific and technical expertise to improve the scientific basis for environmental decisions in the U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters.

  • 25% or Greater
  • Position requires occasional travel.

  • No

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

    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 12 point font.

    Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ):

    PTQ 1 - Specialized background in oceanography, physical, chemical, biological, ecological, geodesy, cartography, and/or related environmental sciences with demonstrated experience in development of research program/studies.

    PTQ 2 - Experience in planning, organizing, and managing research programs, with particular emphasis on science for resource and coastal management/operations. The scope of experience should demonstrate scientific insight to recognize opportunities for advancing the science through development of state-of-the-art and application of innovative uses of technologies.

    PTQ 3 - Demonstrated ability to review critically complex regulations, legislation and related documents with respect to their scientific, technical, and economic and/or policy implications with experience in carrying out the formulation of long-term and short-term plans to establish and meet ocean and coastal environment research and services goals and objectives.

    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

    This position requires an educational requirement. If you do not possess the educational requirement you will be rated ineligible.

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in 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.


    A combination of education and experience (education equivalent to one of the majors
    mentioned) that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related
    engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications, Professional/Technical Qualifications and educational requirements listed. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience 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.



    As Director, NCCOS, the incumbent is reponsible for building a base of programs which combine high-quality and inovative science that are relevant to NOAA's coastal mission and responsive to user needs and expectations. Specific duties include the following:

    1. Plans and oversees management of NCCOS activities ensuring effective management techniques are utilized to develop and implement short and long-range plans to meet NOS needs and ojbectives; revising, when necessary, managmenet procedures to meet program priorities set by NOS and NOAA.

    2. Responsible for advising on the impact/effectiveness of policy decisions, and the ability of NOS/NCCOS to comply with proposed regulatory/legislative initiatives.

    3. Develops long-range program plans to meet agency/organizational objectives and user requirements, assesses new requirements and current policy guidance; analyzes NOS/NCCOS capabilities; establishes new procedures/processes; determines alternative courses of action and recommends program priorities.

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