System Program Director, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Oct 05, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

About the Agency

**The closing dae of this announcment has been extended to October 5, 2017.**

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.
  • 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 - Broad knowledge and extensive experience in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics, as related to state-of-the-art system development of Earth Remote-sensing satellite development and system acquisition programs.

    PTQ 2 - Demonstrated leadership and management ability in planning and directing major system acquisition programs. This includes the ability to recruit, motivate and develop a strong and diverse management team and workforce, communicate well with individuals at all levels of responsibility, and achieve results through others.

    PTQ 3 -Knowledge and experience in the area of applications of satellite data and services for end user purposes.

    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

    A degree 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 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.

    Top Secret/SCI


    The incumbent serves as the System Program Director (SPD) responsible for the planning, development, acquisition, management and operation of the Nation' s most advanced geostationary operational environmental satellite system, the GOES-R series. The incumbent is the key executive accountable for the success of GOES-R, and as such sets the strategic direction of the GOES-R series organization, articulates the vision, develops the objectives and mi1estones, sets the programmatic and budget priorities and implements internal policies and processes. The position reports day-to-day and administratively to the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems. Major programmatic decisions are reviewed and approved by the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. The SDP Goes-R Director is also accountable for:

    1. Defining, directing and developing of: and approve program objectives, strategies, plans, budgets and acquisition, management and evaluation methods for establishing and maintaining GOES-R services to the nation. This includes establishing and maintaining strategies, milestones and metrics for the regular and orderly review of all mission formulation, development, acquisition, and operation activities against plans.

    2. Assessing program progress and performance against metrics, both financial and technical, and approve adjustments or corrective actions as necessary.

    3. Serves as primary liaison and reporting official on GOES-R plans, progress and budgets with NOAA, DOC, other key Administration officials and the Congress.

    4. Ensures that national security objectives are maintained during the development, acquisition, and operation of the GOES-R program.

    5. Ensures that the international cooperation aspects of the GOES-R program carried out in concert with national policy.

    6. Ensures that GOES-R strategic direction and priorities are aligned with those of NESDIS, NOAA and DOC, and that program decisions and activities support and promote the NOAA and GOES-R long-range goals and strategies.

    7. Conducts coordination, liaisons and negotiations with senior representatives from other domestic and foreign agencies, to ensure best use of resources, user satisfaction, and overall mission success. Negotiate agreements for participation in GOES-R mission formulation, development, operations and/or data analysis.

    8. Defines and directs research, development, science and engineering efforts needed to support the program mission by facilitating the transition of technology into system design and development.

    9. Establishes and conducts a program for staying abreast of: the requirements of users of system products and services; scientific and industrial developments that have potential benefits for system operations; and results of applications developments that bear on the utility of system data. This program is the basis for developing the specifications for attainable changes in the GOES-R system.

    9. Develops and manages the program for acquisition of system components. These acquisitions are for whole systems or component parts; hardware, software, and system support services including launch services; and for both space and ground deployment. The system is an integrated complex of space, ground, and communications components. Incumbent serves as Source Selection Evaluation Team chair and as Performance Evaluation Board Chair for major program procurements.

    10. Develop the mechanisms to enable and assure that the component mix is efficient and contributes to performance.

    11. Establishes mechanisms to ensure that appropriate levels of management within the partner agencies (NOAA and NASA) are kept current on program progress, problems and recommended solutions, and that reporting requirements and actions from oversight authorities are met effectively and timely.

    12. Supervise the GOES-R Program comprised of NOAA and NASA staff assigned by the partner agencies. The NESDIS Office of Systems Development will provide human capital resources to ensure that the GOES-R program takes advantage of the engineering expertise across NESDIS.