The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) is NOAA’s primary research and development organization. OAR conducts and directs integrated research programs in coastal, marine, atmospheric, climatic, and social-sciences through its laboratories and program offices, as well as through networks of university-based programs across the country. OAR consists of preeminent research, modeling, environmental observations, and engagement efforts relating to environmental resources. OAR’s research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth.
As the Director, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the incumbent plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and evaluates PMEL’s oceanographic research and applications projects and activities.
The Director PMEL will:
•Lead and direct scientific and technical division managers and program managers to discover new technologies and cutting-edge research applications, appraise the progress of all projects and activities, administer resources in accordance with priorities, and authorize and conduct negotiations with other agencies, governments, or the private sector for compatible scientific and technical collaborations.
•Provide expert scientific and technical direction in the development, implementation, and management of an integrated, sound, and effective PMEL program that is responsible to identified NOAA and national-level needs for the advancement of understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
•Manage PMEL’s operational aspects for oceanographic research and transition to operations programs including: financial management, budget development and justification, personnel management, and contract administration.
•Manage a research organization that includes staff spending hundreds of days and/or multiple years-at-sea to perform field operations.
•Exercise appropriate risk management to ensure the safety of PMEL staff by maintaining a state-of-the-science research infrastructure, including information technology, responsive to changing needs.
•Monitor and provide timely research outcomes that support multi-million dollar projects in industry and academia.
•Review, analyze, and evaluate new and existing plans, programs, and proposals for research and applications initiatives, submitted by PMEL division leaders and project managers, for the NOAA strategic plan.
•Serve as a spokesperson for a variety of DOC-level programs and activities involving top-level program and research managers’ (internal and external to DOC) meetings leading to the identification of significant research projects and the establishment of transition-to-operations objectives.
•Provide supervision and personnel management for 5 Division Leaders.
•Chair and/or serve on national and/or international committees that greatly influence the direction of scientific research and/or technical applications of research to improve NOAA’s prediction of changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
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