Director, Office of Projects, Partnerships and Analysis

Washington D.C.
May 30, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Services (NESDIS) administers an integrated program for the development and use of all operational civilian satellite-based environmental remote sensing systems and the national and international acquisition, processing, dissemination, and exchange of environmental data. This program includes the design, development and operation of a series of operational civilian satellite systems for the purpose of observing land, ocean, and atmospheric conditions and the sun; as well as processing and distribution of satellite products and services to domestic and foreign users on a recurring basis. NESDIS is responsible for acquiring, processing, archiving, analyzing, and disseminating environmental data from satellites and other sources for use by government and commercial organizations, scientific and engineering communities, and the general public.

  • 25% or Greater
  • This position requires occasional travel to meetings, facility visits, etc.

  • Yes
  • Relocation (PCS) may be authorized.

  • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI 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.
  • 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:

    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 (PTQ):

    PTQ 1 - Demonstrated technical knowledge of space satellite development and implementation.

    PTQ 2 - Ability to lead engineering studies to support near-term architecture-level issues, conduct sensitivity and reliability analyses, and perform trade and technology assessments to support long-term earth and space observation planning.

    PTQ 3 - Knowledge of international policy formulation and negotiations, and Federal inter-agency planning and negotiations for remote sensing satellite systems.

    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

    Educational Requirements:

    Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


    Combination of education and experience: college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree).

    For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions at

    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.

    Top Secret/SCI


    The Director, Office of Programs, Partnerships & Analysis (OPPA) provides leadership related to conducting definition studies, overall system planning, performing conceptual and detailed engineering studies required to develop and to implement new or modified satellite, data management, and information processing systems. The incumbent arranges for the design, development, installation, and acceptance of NOAA civil operational remote sensing satellite systems. In carrying out these responsibilities, the incumbent is responsible for technical coordination of NOAA's satellite system development and engineering, ground system management, flight systems, and information processing systems activities with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and non-Federal agendas/industries. The incumbent provides technical and engineering consultation. This includes activities such as:

    1. Supports the budget strategy and formulation process and the definition of acquisition programs to meet NESDIS mission objectives.
    2. Teaches and practices disciplined program/project and systems engineering to enable successful execution of the Level 0/1 requirements for the different projects, programs, and initiatives in work.
    3. Leads studies to support near-term architecture-level issues, conducts sensitivity and reliability analyses, and performs trade and technology assessments to support long-term planning and strategic direction and technology investments
    4. Provides an incubator environment for new and creative solutions, such as new technology, commercial solutions.

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