Supervisory Physical Scientist ZP-1301-05 (DE/CR)

Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 01, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located within National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite Data Information Systems (NESDIS), Office of Satellite Product Operations (OSPO), Suitland, MD.

This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band.

The ZP-05 is equivalent to the GS-15.

The full promotion potential level for this position is ZP-05.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NSDIS-OSPO-2017-0042, which is open to status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.

* A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.

* Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

* This position is not in the bargaining unit


This vacancy may be used to fill other Supervisory Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-05 positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographic locations, same grade/band requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

* This position requires the submission of a Financial Disclosure Form, SF450.

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualifications requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience OR substitution of education for experience OR combination (if applicable) in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following 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.


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

    This experience need not have been in the federal government. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies; knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    To qualify at the ZP-05:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-04 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following:

    • Planning and executing the operations budget within target thresholds.
    • Integrating program goals with organization priorities and requirements.
    • Managing employee performance and addressing conduct and performance issues.
    • Ensuring sufficient resources are in place for safe operations of on-orbit satellites and product processing operations.
    • Managing 24/7 satellite operations.

    College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college transcript that lists college courses detailing each course by the number and department (i.e., bio 101, math 210, etc.), course title, number of credit hours and grade earned. You must submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. education standards with your resume. You may submit an unofficial copy of the transcript at the initial phase of the application process. If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

    Note: Your college transcript is used to verify successful completion of degree, or college course work. An official college transcript will be required before you can report to duty.



    The individual selected for this position will:

    • Provide technical leadership and timely direction to MOD’s operations team.
    • Ensure sufficient resources are in place for safe operations of on-orbit satellites and product processing operations.
    • Ensure your Branch staffing levels are met by properly minimizing overtime while maximizing efficiency.
    • Promote training, mentoring, and morale boosting activities for the betterment of the employees, demonstrating commitment to EEO/Diversity principles and programs.
    • Direct priority of work being performed within Operations Branch to ensure milestones are met.
    • Manage human resources (i.e. AWS, leave program)
    • Manage day-to-day 24/7 operations for Suomi-National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (SNPP), Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), and Environmental Satellite Processing Center (ESPC) to support NOAA's Mission Goals.
    • Provide innovative and creative processes to benefit Satellite Operations Control Center (SOCC) & ESPC operations.
    • Ensure proper notification of personnel during time of ground system and satellite anomalies.
    • Ensure crews perform proper notification of operations personnel, staff, and outside entities, as required, during times of non-nominal operations.
    • Lead the Operations Branch yearly Continuity of Operations (COOP) deployment exercise for GOES, POES & DMSP, and ESPC. Ensure satellite ground system proficiency tests are routinely conducted in support of COOP deployment readiness.

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