US nationals: Deputy Director

National Water Center

Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 🇺🇸

Job Overview


About the Agency

NOAA is where science gains value for the Nation. The NOAA mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation’s economic, social and environmental needs. NOAA has four Mission Goals and a Mission Support Goal around which all work is planned and organized, they are: (1) to protect, restore, and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through an ecosystem approach to management; (2) to understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond; (3) to serve society’s needs for weather and water information; (4) to support the Nation’s commerce with information for safe, efficient and environmentally sound transportation; and the mission support goal to provide critical support for NOAA’s mission. NOAA’s Line and Staff Offices executive activities required to achieve these goals through NOAA programs. These programs may involve the activities of more than one Line or Staff Office.


The Deputy Director, National Water Center (NWC) is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position in the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWC collaboratively researches, develops and delivers state-of-the science national hydrologic analyses, forecast information, data, decision-support services and guidance to support and inform essential emergency services and water management decisions. In partnership with NWS field offices, the NWC coordinates, integrates and supports consistent water prediction activities from global to local levels.

The incumbent is responsible for the following essential organizational functions:

  1. Providing leadership for the NWS Hydrology and Water Resources Program that develops and sustains an integrated, water enterprise.
  2. Developing strategic plans, which evolve services, science, and technology.
  3. Developing operating plans which define objectives for NWS hydrologic forecast, warning, and service processes.
  4. Defining performance measures to evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction of programs related to the provision of hydrologic forecasts, warnings and services, and technical assistance activities.
  5. Researching, developing, evaluating and managing programs in hydrology and hydrologic program support systems.
  6. Developing NWS policy for the production and dissemination of hydrologic and water resources information within defined public and private sector roles.
  7. Establishing and maintaining collaboration with federal water partners and stakeholders to advance the science and provision of effective services.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be paid.

Job Requirements

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


To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications, Professional/Technical Qualifications listed and the educational requirement. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual’s total experience 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.


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 (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision).

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 (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).

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 (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).

ECQ 4 – BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management).

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. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).

Professional/Technical Core Qualifications (PTQ)

PTQ 1: Experience in scientific program planning and related policy development, involving: identifying and defining customer and program requirements; interactions with academia and federal water partners and stakeholders; developing program and policy objectives; evaluating processes and delivery options; and determining final courses of action.

PTQ 2: Broad background in the theories and applications of hydrologic, water resources, engineering and related environmental sciences. Experience in one or more specialized fields of study; hydrology, hydrologic engineering, water resources, hydrometeorology, or meteorology, as well as experience in the application of information technology in processing scientific data and the delivery of “scientific weather ready” services to end users. Knowledge of the latest hydrologic techniques, procedures, and technology.

PTQ 3: Experience in policy development/participation at the senior level for water resources management or other water-related programs, involving: service delivery; interagency collaboration; systems engineering; information processing; data systems design; and assessment of the effects of policy decisions on national, state, regional and/or international organizations, governments, etc.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management’s Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example ECQ statements are available at 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 (ECQ’s) and the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ’s) 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. Individual Occupational Requirements

1. 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.

2. A combination of education and experience — education equivalent to one of the majors shown in 1 above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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