[ES_JOBS_NET] Senior Advisor for Climate Research, NOAA, Boulder, CO


Job Title:Senior Advisor for Climate

Of Commerce

Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:OAR-ARL-2015-0001


$120,749.00 to
$181,500.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to
Wednesday, January 21, 2015




Full-Time – Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Boulder, CO View
Silver Spring, MD View


qualified United States citizens






The Senior Advisor for Climate Research is a
Senior Level (SL) position located in the Climate Program
Office (CPO), OAR, NOAA, and provides the primary scientific
leadership for climate research, applications and services
across NOAA. 
CPO was created in October 2005, incorporating the Office of
Global Programs, the Arctic Research Office, and the Climate
Observations and Services program, and it coordinates
climate activities across all NOAA. The CPO provides NOAA a
focal point for its climate activities, a foundation for
cross-agency cooperative scientific activities; seeks to
develop a broader user community for climate products and
services, leads NOAA climate education and outreach
activities, and coordinates national and international
climate activities.
This is a career SL position and once hired the employee
will be in the competitive service. SL pay is commensurate
with qualifications. Veteran’s preference is applicable to
SL positions.Only one (1) candidate will be selected from
this announcement to fill this position. Duty location
will either be Colorado or Maryland.


U.S. Citizenship

Background investigation and/or
security clearance is required.

One year probationary period may
be required.


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the Senior Advisor for Climate Research, the incumbent serves
as a science advisor for the CPO and seeks to coordinate and
integrate research across NOAA’s portfolio of climate-related
programs to enhance the effectiveness of NOAA in meeting
climate mission goals of describing and understanding climate
extremes, variability and change so that society is able to
plan and respond. Coordinating and integrating climate-related
research requires a solid science and technology foundation,
along with access to diverse information from across a wide
array of public and private entities. The incumbent requires a
broad scientific background, in addition to knowledge and
leadership skills, as the basis for developing effective,
crosscutting climate research activities. The incumbent is
responsible for the following: 

Provides strategic advice and
overall scientific leadership for program activities in CPO,
with a focus on coordinating and integrating climate
research and services across NOAA.

Facilitates improvements in NOAA’s
ability to serve the Nation’s needs for climate information
through participation in relevant intra- and interagency
committees, as well as national and international

Represents the Director, CPO at
intramural and extramural scientific forums dealing with
efforts to enhance climate research programs and scientific

Focuses on developing tools and
capabilities that improve the productivity, quality,
dissemination, and efficiency of climate research,
assessments and services to advance the objectives of the

Through broad scientific knowledge
and leadership skills, facilitates interagency or
international projects or activities aimed at advancing
climate research and applications objectives through
cross-disciplinary approaches.

Serves as a spokesperson for
agency departmental and/or interagency efforts to enhance
NOAA/OAR CPO visibility and effectiveness through its
programs and scientific activities.

Formulates strategies and
recommendations relevant to making sound policy and
management decisions regarding mission-related research

Leads special interagency
/international projects/activities including cross-CPO,
end-to-end, integrated information services development, in
close coordination with the CPO Director

This position is responsible for affecting the planning and
integration of research and development programs that support
and enhance both current and future NOAA services. This requires
maintaining awareness of:

Climate-related research,
assessments, and mission-related issues influenced by
climate, extremes, variability and change across the agency;

Extramural research and
development programs that complement and extend in-house
efforts; and

Mechanisms to transfer results
from these efforts to NOAA and NOAA partners, as

This position fosters scientific excellence and technical
leadership that enables improvements in NOAA’s services, and it
also promotes changes in direction to meet the opportunities and
problems of tomorrow. Additionally, this position provides sound
scientific information for policy and resource management
decisions based on research in coastal, marine, atmospheric,
climate and space sciences through NOAA’s laboratories and
program offices, as well as through networks of university-based
programs across the country. The results of the incumbent’s work
provide sound technological and scientific information on which
to base improvements in NOAA’s science, services, and products
that foster NOAA’s evolving environmental and economic mission.


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Veterans Information- Veterans who
served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were
separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for
veteran’ preference. To claim veterans’ preference, veterans
should provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release
or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof. Veterans with
service connected disability and others claiming 10-point
preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for
10-point Veterans’ Preference.

Requirements for 1301:
1. Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study in
an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or
higher 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. OR
2. 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

Must meet all requirements prior to the
closing date of this announcement.


applicants will be evaluated by a panel to determine the
degree to which they possess the Mandatory
Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). To be rated and
considered for this position, applicants are requested to
fully describe their experience in each of the following PTQs. When addressing
the PTQs, please use the first person as you assess and
describe your qualifications. PTQ Documentation should be
attached under “Writing Example One” once you have completed
the online questionnaire. Note: Responses to PTQs must not
exceed 3 pages, 12 point font (1 page per PTQ). 

Broad experience in
scientific/technical program planning, development, and
integration, which involved identifying and defining
customer and program requirements, developing program and/or
policy objectives, evaluating processes and delivery options
and determining final courses of action.

Experience in intra- and
interagency research program analysis and/or development at
the senior level for the development and upgrading of
research initiatives/activities

Senior level experience and
demonstrated leadership ability to conceive, design, direct,
and evaluate theoretical and experimental atmospheric,
oceanographic, polar and terrestrial programs of a complex
and large scale nature and ability to transition
demonstrated research results to an operational environment.

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