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"NWS-SR-2020-0032" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
NWS-SR-2020-0032
Hiring Agency:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Director, Southern Region
Open Period:
12/17/2020 - 01/18/2021

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
ES - 1301 0/00
Salary:
USD $131,239 - USD $197,300
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time
Promotion Potential:
ES-00
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Fort Worth, TX, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Mary Wilson
301-628-1880
Mary.Wilson@noaa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Applications will be accepted from all groups of Qualified Individuals/All-Sources (U.S. Citizens Only)
Security Clearance Required:
Secret
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) plays a key role in protecting American lives and property.  The provision of weather, water, climate, & environmental information supports the Nations's social and economic development. The NWS Southern Region conducts the technical and service programs and the administrative support functions of the region in accordance with NOAA and NWS policies.

Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel is required to attend meetings and conferences.

Duties


The Southern Regional Director is responsible for the management of all operational and scientific meteorological and hydrologic programs in the region. These programs include: the development, operation and maintenance of observing networks; the provision of all weather and flood warning and forecast services; the review and upgrade of scientific programs and procedures in field offices; the evaluation and monitoring of services and consultation with various users (state and local government agencies, emergency managers, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation interests, marine interests, growers, etc.).


As Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for the direction and administration of all essential organizational functions in the Southern Region field offices and in the region headquarters. This includes resolving operational and technical management problems; maintaining surveillance over the organization; and, ensuring the timely and adequate implementation of established NWS goals and programs. The incumbent is also responsible for the discharge of the following essential organizational functions:



  • Ensuring the provision of effective weather services through approved media to enhance the efficiency of various public and private interests located within the region, including those charged with responsibility for aviation operations, agriculture, air pollution control, forestry management, marine activities, etc.

  • Ensuring timely and accurate weather observations and responsive communications systems in support of the overall programs of the region and the NWS.

  • Ensuring the timely dissemination of weather forecasts and warnings to the public, the media, and other user groups.

  • Ensuring that the NWS forecasts and advisories are responsive to the needs of the public and all users.Ensuring the effective transition of NWS services and implementation of new systems in accordance with NWS modernization and associated restructuring plans.

  • Ensuring the efficient and effective utilization and management of regional human resources within national NWS guidelines.

  • Ensuring that funds are effectively utilized and controlled within the allocated budget of the region and within national NWS guidelines.

  • Ensuring the provision of effective weather services to enhance the efficiency of the activities and operations to the public, public safety organizations, the media, and other users of public weather services.

  • Ensuring the provision of effective weather services through approved media to enhance the efficiency of various public and private interests located within the region, including those charged with responsibility for aviation operations, agriculture, air pollution control, forestry management, marine activities, etc.


The incumbent also oversees the implementation of the Southern Region's human and budgetary resources ensuring financial, administrative, and Information Technology activities are integrated with NWS procedures and systems and supports the NOAA and NWS strategic planning process by siding in the definition of financial and other resources needed to efficiently and effectively run the Southern Region and those essential elements in the near and long-term.


Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

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.
 

Key Requirements:
  • 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.
  • Education Requirements:

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:


    A. 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.


    OR


    B. 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.

    Evaluations:
    Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed and each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ). If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative.

    All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification. Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification.

    Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

    How you will be evaluated:

    Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria:

    •Best Qualified

    •Well Qualified

    •Qualified

    The servicing Human Resources Specialist will forward all minimally qualified applicants to be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the appointing authority. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the PTQs.
    Qualifications:

    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, or the application will be disqualified. 

    Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQs):

    PTQ 1 -Experience in the physical sciences related to a variety of scientific / meteorological techniques and methodologies associated with weather and hydrologic warning and forecasting, e.g., data acquisition, analysis, prognosis, product refinements, and dissemination, as well as operational experience in one or more field forecast program, e. g., agriculture, aviation, air pollution, climate, and fire weather.


    PTQ 2 - Experience which demonstrates the analytical skills and abilities involved in the identification and definition of service needs and requirements, the development of objectives, the evaluation of options, and the determination of final courses of action.


    PTQ 3 -Broad executive-level experience in a large scientifically and technically complex organization reflecting leadership in program analysis as well as budget and financial planning, oversight, and management.


    NOTE: Responses to PTQs must not exceed 2 pages per PTQ, for a total of 6 pages, or the application will be disqualified


    For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp
     
    Example of ECQ statements are available at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidetosesquals_2012.pdf

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Other Information:

    Background Investigation: This position is designated as Secret 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.

    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.

    False Statements: If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned. 

    Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package. Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

    Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

    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 http://www.sss.gov/default.htm.

    Veterans' preference: Is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    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 Mary Wilson, the servicing Human Resources Specialist, either by e-mail at mary.wilson@noaa.gov or by telephone at 301-628-1880. 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.

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    Applicants must complete and submit an application online at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USAJOBS website at https://www.USAJOBS.gov. An account must be established at the OPM website following the instructions provided in order to apply for the position. Once you have completed the USAJOBS process, you will be re-directed to the Monster Government Solutions system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. Applications submitted other than the USAJOBS online application WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED under this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USA JOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USA JOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USA JOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    Your application and all supporting documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants applying on-line for this position will be able to apply until 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Please allow adequate time to complete your application.

    If you encounter technical difficulties during the process, please call 1-877-662-7730 Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST (excluding Federal holidays) for assistance. If you have technical difficulties applying to the vacancy on the USAJOBS website, click on Contact USAJOBS. It is suggested that you do not wait until the last day to apply for a vacancy announcement. We will not accept applications other than those submitted through USAJOBS.
    Required Documents:

    Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

    1.  Resume

    2.  Transcripts (Official or Unofficial) from the institution's registrar; dean or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation which confirms completion of requirement for the required degree.

    If you have completed any part of your education outside of the U.S., you must submit the evaluation of your foreign education that has been prepared by an accredited organization. Please refer to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html for more information.

    3.  For current Senior Executives or individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility:  You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your career appointment status in the SES.

    4.  For current Federal employees:  You are encouraged to submit your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) that documents your current tenure, position title, series and grade level.

    5.  If you successfully completed the SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by OPM, please provide a copy of your certificate. All required documentation must be provided on or by the closing date of the vacancy (if applicable).


    6.  ECQ narrative responses should be attached under "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)".


    7.  PTQ narrative responses should be attached under "Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs)".


    Applicants who fail to submit requested documents and answer the mandatory questions WILL NOT receive consideration for this position. Application will result in an "Incomplete" rating.

    If you are unable to upload documents, you may fax your documents using the instructions below. Please fax with the appropriate cover sheet. Please refer to the fax cover sheet for the fax number. Each document must be dialed and faxed in separately as each sheet includes an identification number, which ensures your document is processed correctly.

    FAXING INSTRUCTIONS: Please fax legible documents using the appropriate cover sheet. Documents may be faxed at any time during the open period of this announcement by going to http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
     
    1. Log into MYUSAJOBS

    2. Click on "Applications"

    3. Locate the vacancy you applied to

    4. Under "Applicant Status" column, click on "More Information"

    5. Select "View/Generate Fax Cover Sheet" and click "Continue"

    Do not submit any additional information that is not required: Extraneous materials such as award certificates will not be considered.

    If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement.

    Next Steps:
    The Office of Executive Resources will provide notification of applicant status through periodic emails at the four points of the hiring process, as applicable, in a timely fashion. The four points of notification are: Application Received; Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Not Met; Panel Rating of Best Qualified (Application referred to the Selecting Official) or Panel Rating of Well Qualified/Qualified (Application not referred to Selecting Official); and Selected or Not Selected. The most best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified by email of the receipt of your application.

    Applicants can check the status of their application at any time after the announcement closes by accessing USAJOBS website.

    Select "My USAJOBS" and enter your ID and password. Click the link titled "Applications" and select the link under "Application Status" next to the name of the announcement. Your status will be updated as changes occur.

    The typical SES selection process at NOAA averages 80-85 work days after the announcement closes.

    If you have any questions, you may contact the Human Resources Specialist at the telephone number listed in the announcement.