Director, Joint Polar Satellite Systems

Lanham, Maryland
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

This announcement is amended to extend the closing date of the announcement to February 18, 2022 and to update the salary range.

This announcement is also amended to provide information for applicants on how to apply for NOAA Senior Executive Service positions. This information is being provide through a webinar on the dates and times listed below. For first time Go To Meeting attendees, you will need to download the software prior to the meeting being convened. All attendees will complete a registration information screen to reserve a seat. Questions may be directed to: .

January 17, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm est - participant link:

January 21, 2022 - 9:30am est to 10:30am est - participant link:

January 25, 2022 - 1:00pm est to 2:00pm est - participant link:

January 28, 2022 - 1:00pm est to 2:00pm est - participant link:

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of theemployee's duty location or workarrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required bylaw. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 andsubmit documentation of proof of vaccinationbefore appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what informationor documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement bycontacting the Human Resources representative listed on this announcement.

The JPSS Director will:

1. Serve as the key senior official in NOAA with responsibility for planning and executing all JPSS acquisitions. The incumbent is accountable to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and to NOAA NESDIS senior management for the JPSS portfolio of acquisitions. Maintains currency with Office of Management and Budget, NOAA, and DOC publications and rules related to major systems acquisition planning and management.
2. Direct the financial, programmatic, technical, contractual oversight, and performance metrics of JPSS.
3. Supervise the functions and activities of the JPSS and serve as Pay Pool Manager for all NOAA JPSS employees.
4. Direct all JPSS management functions, organize the JPSS, and centrally control the distribution of all funds appropriated for or transferred to the JPSS.
5. Approve/disapprove individuals nominated by the agencies for assignment to positions in the JPSS, and consult with the agencies on assignment of individuals to the JPSS on a matrix-managed basis.
6. Direct the development, acquisition, and fielding of JPSS components.
7. Define and direct research, development, and engineering activities needed to support the mission of JPSS, and detemline the potential impact upon system resources of accommodating new technologies.
8. Direct JPSS systems engineering activities, which provide system-level coordination of JPSS engineering and integration activities, technical and cost feasibility analysis of user requirements, and documentation to support milestone decision activities.
9. Coordinate decisions on JPSS matters that affect DOC and NASA to ensure coordination, and resolution of all major decisions. Participate in interagency processes requiring the highest level of acquisition, technical and managerial competence.
10. Ensure development and negotiation of international agreements and that conditions are compatible with JPSS goals and objectives.


Conditions of Employment

  • 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.

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.


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 (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 - In-depth technical knowledge of, and experience in, the fields of physical science or systems engineering in order to develop and procure remote sensing satellites, 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 and ground system support.

PTQ 3 - Experience in planning, managing, and negotiating complex programs influenced by scientific and technical factors along with the contributions of multiple organizations 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 relatedengineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

Background Investigation: This position is designated as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

COVID 19 Telework Status: The physical worksite for this position is located in Lanham MD. However, the NOAA/NESDIS is currently under a telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position's telework schedule will likely change in the future when NOAA/NESDIS moves away from its telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit's telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required by P.L. 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Drug Testing: Applicants tentatively selected for employment in any position are subject to designated and/or random pre-employment and employment urinalysis. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment and/or removed from employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act, must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment. For more information, visit the SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM web site at .

Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to SES positions.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Kimberly Bowden, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at or by telephone at 301-628-1881. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users may contact us via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.