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Supervisory Environmental Scientist, NOAA, NOS

This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) with 1 vacancy in the Marine Spatial Ecology (MSE) division in Silver Spring, MD; or Beaufort, NC and 1 vacancy in the Stressor Detection & Impacts (SDI) division in Silver Spring, MD; Oxford, MD; Beaufort, NC; or Charleston, SC

As a Supervisory Environmental Scientist, you will perform the following duties:

  • Serve as a branch chief in the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), providing formal technical and administrative supervision of staff and managing all administrative and operational activities of the branch.
  • Plan, formulate, and implement a research program consistent with organizational strategic plans, goals, and priorities in ecosystem science, coastal resilience, and coastal stewardship.
  • Oversee development of project plans by lower-level staff, ensuring adequate performance measures, milestones, budget, and staffing requirements are addressed.
  • Manage organizational and operational changes to enhance mission functions.
  • Identify scientific and technical resource requirements to support assigned programs, and coordinate long-term science planning for the work unit.
  • Has full supervisory authority to oversee and manage the day-to-day work performed by staff.
  • Plan and distribute work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjust short and long-term priorities and prepare schedules for the completion of work.
  • Improve production and quality of work, evaluate work performance and address issues.
  • Oversee workforce planning, human capital development, and human resource hiring, promoting diversity and inclusion at all organizational levels.
  • Serve as a member of the office management team.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic, legislative, partnership, and communication plans.
  • Develop information and approaches related to strategic planning for the future operations of the organization.
  • Develop new concepts, ideas, and methods to communicate and execute long-range programs and initiatives.
  • Oversee strategies for assessing, tracking, and reporting of strategic plan goals and accomplishments.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert, attending meetings, conferences, and committees, and liaising with internal and external contacts in support of the research portfolio.
  • Provide complex technical information clearly and effectively through various forms of communication, to inform scientific and management decision­making.
  • Develop and foster partnerships with relevant entities to meet organizational mission requirements and ensure research portfolio meets coastal management needs.
  • Job Type: Staff
  • Application deadline: 12/12/2023
  • Organization: NOAA Department of Commerce
  • Qualifications: Requirements Conditions of Employment This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel Systems (CAPS). This system replace the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZP-5 is equivalent to the GS-15. * A one year probationary period may be required. * A one year supervisory probationary period may be required. (Probationary periods may be served concurrently) * Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. * This position is not in the bargaining unit. Key Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation. Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period. More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information. Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable ( Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position? A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. Qualifications Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: BASIC REQUIREMENTS: This position has a positive Education Requirement in addition to at least one year of Specialized Experience in order to be found minimally qualified. Transcripts must be submitted with your application package. You MUST meet the following requirements: To qualify for the 0401 series: EDUCATION: A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations e.g., professional; philanthropic, religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To qualify at the ZP-5 or GS-15 level: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements above, applicants must also possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZP-4 or GS-14 in the Federal service. Specialized experience MUST include all of the following: Assessing administrative procedures, policies, or functions to ensure that they meet the objectives of a scientific program; Developing, leading, or overseeing a research program that addresses organizational strategic plans and priorities; and Overseeing staff in a leadership capacity in areas such as in assigning work, setting priorities, providing feedback on work assignments, providing feedback regarding overall employee performance, etc.
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  • Location: Oxford, MD; Silver Springs, MD; Beaufort, NC; Charleston, SC
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