Director, Office of Organizational Excellence

Washington D.C.
Aug 02, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

Building a Weather-Ready Nation and providing the nation's weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings requires a strong organization and a professional, diverse workforce. With NWS National Headquarters in Silver Spring, and 140+ offices across the United States, NWS employees touch every county, state, tribal land, and U.S. Territory. We are working to support all aspects of keeping the public safe from weather, water, and climate hazards and meeting the NWS mission to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may required.

  • Yes
  • Relocation (PCS) may be authorized.

  • 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.
  • To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must possess all of the mandatory Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. 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): HR SPECIALIST ENTERS IN PTQs

    PTQ 1 - Demonstrated experience effectively using program planning and analysis skills to identify risk/issues and provide options and alternatives in response to foundational changes and/or problem areas associated with a variety organizational or operational challenges. This also includes experience in improving effectiveness or efficiencies of operations.

    PTQ 2 - Experience in developing collaborative working relationships with academia, private sector, and other federal agencies. This includes, but is not limited to engagement strategies and mitigation efforts for improving delivery of scientific weather ready services to end users.

    PTQ 3 - Experience in strategic and/or long-term planning with emphasis on physical science, engineering, and/or information technology related programs.

    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 and/or series do not have an education requirement.

    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.



    This position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position and serves as the Director of the Office of Organizational Excellence (OOE).

    The OOE’s primary mission is to provide support to the National Weather Service (NWS) Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator on the development and strategy to implement large-scale, significant changes to the organizational structure, infrastructure, or operations of the NWS. The Office is responsible for managing a framework for change which enables and facilitates continuous evolution of the NWS and to help build a Weather-Ready Nation.

    The incumbent of this position has full responsibility for the discharge of the following essential NWS functions:

    •Leads, plans, and oversees large scale, significant changes to structure, infrastructure, or operations of the NWS.

    •Establishes and manages a framework for change which enables and facilitates continuous evolution of the NWS.

    •Oversees and coordinates large scale, significant change activities, and evaluates if changes implemented are effective and meet the intent of recommendations from two independent studies of the National Weather Service, such as: “Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None,” National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 2012, and “Forecast for the Future: Assuring the Capacity of the National Weather Service,” National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), May 2013.

    •Leads communication of these change activities to both internal and external stakeholders by working closely with the Communications and Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Chief of Staff.

    •Ensures that the necessary management and technical support is provided to the OOE activities, including program planning; program evaluation; budgetary preparation and support for program objectives.