Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems

Washington D.C.
Aug 07, 2017
Oct 10, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (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 – In-depth technical knowledge of and experience in the fields of physical science to conceive and execute the acquisition of remote sensing satellites, including their instrumentation, data acquisition, and processing systems.

    PTQ 2 – Experience in the acquisition of large scale, complex, state of the art spacecraft and satellite systems, including their instrumentation for ground system support.

    PTQ 3 - Experience in planning, managing and negotiating complex satellite programs influenced by scientific, technical and political factors in the decision making process.

    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, acting under the general guidance of the Assistant Administrator for Satellites and Information Services, is responsible for the overall policy direction for the acquisition, administration and management of all satellite and associated programs within NESDIS. Plans and directs the acquisition, definition studies, overall system planning to develop objectives; establishes priorities; and evaluates accomplishments. Responsible for coordination of NOAA' s satellite systems development, scientific information processing systems activities with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and non-Federal agencies/industry. Provides technical and financial consultation for review of NESDIS policies regarding systems capability, development, implementation, and deployment to serve the civil remote sensing satellite user community. The incumbent participates in policy level studies at the national level, under the authority of the Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services.

    The Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems has full responsibility for discharge of the following organizational functions for NESDIS:

    1. Responsible for the overall policy direction, administration and management of all satellite acquisition programs within NESDIS. Plans and directs the satellite program effort. Develops objectives, establishes priorities and evaluates accomplishments, such as: initiation of new programs, direction of developing the acquisition strategies and overseeing the execution; review of all current satellite acquisition programs against mission objectives, performance measures and customer needs, both U.S. and foreign. In many aspects, the programs under the incumbent's direction are both unique and novel. The maintenance of NESDIS posture in the forefront of satellite systems requires the incumbent to continually re­ evaluate the resource requirements of various functions, and exercise top-level scientific and technical leadership over contractual negotiations with a diversified group of vendors involved in fabricating the systems for operational use.

    1. Provides authoritative policy-level representation at intergovernmental, national, and interagency meetings concerning NOAA interests in the areas of environmental observing systems; ensures that NOAA programs in general, and NESDIS, in particular, are coordinated with related programs of other federal agencies and nations.

    1. Supervises the following Senior Executive Service and Senior Scientist (ST) positions: System Program Director, GOES-R Program Office; Director, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS); Director, Office of Projects Partnerships and Analysis, ST for GOES-R and ST for JPSS, including the acquisition, development and integration aspects of all NOAA's geostationary and polar operating satellite programs.