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Job Announcement: Director, IOOS-NOAA

Location: Silver Spring, MD

The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) has announced their intent to hire a new Director of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Specific duties for this position include:

1. Serves as the connection between NOAA and it's partners and directs the development of partnership to explore and define ocean and coastal observing issues and establish realistic objects for collaborative projects.

2. Develops annual NOAA IOOS Operating Plans in consultation with the IOOS Project Team and NOAA Line and Corporate Offices. Meets with constituents and counterpart organizations at all levels of government, academic, private sector, and non-profit institutions to broker partnerships and identify and anticipate requirements and demands.

3. Represents NOS and NOAA at national and international professional and scientific conferences. Maintains expert level contacts with leaders in research, management, applications and coordination pertaining to IOOS and the balance among those on the national and international scale, to maintain a high order of understanding of research being conducted among various disciplines.

4. Ensures that NOS incorporates emerging scientific and technological opportunities in all of its programs, and that NOS services and management decisions are based on sound science and technology.

5. Provides leadership for planning for implementation mechanisms for nation-wide regional implementation of IOOS. This includes programmatic implications across NOAA. Incumbent will coordinate at the highest level with other federal agencies for efficient use of observing systems and their implementation at the local level to serve coastal areas. Works closely with other federal agencies developing plans to extend observing system resources to local level.

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management is responsible for integrated ocean services and coastal zone management programs which provide information products and services in support of the national needs arising from increasing uses of the oceans and estuaries. The program includes services and products to support the development and appropriate utilization of the oceans, and the management of marine and coastal resources; to promote improvements in marine and coastal commerce; and improved the safety of marine operations and coastal activities. Key to these efforts is the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

Speaking on the occasion of announcing her retirement, incumbent IOOS Director, Zdenka Willis stated that she has faith in the important work IOOS performs, adding, “I strongly believe that without our collective services we would not be able sustain our way of life on earth.”

Travel requirements are 25% or greater for this position. and the salary ranges between $123,175.00 to $185,100.00 annually. Top Secret clearance is also required. For more information, including how to apply, click here.

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