The Director, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) position is within the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. The laboratory conducts oceanographic investigations centering on the transport, thermal and chemical composition, structure and dynamical processes of ocean and coastal water masses; global climate change; fluxes of energy, gases, and materials through the air-sea interface, integrated coastal ecosystem management, and research in tropical meteorology.
The Director of AOML is responsible for pla1ing, directing, and evaluating the operation of the Laboratory; coordinating the planning of research across NOAA and with the research community more broadly; providing general guidance to scientific program managers; appraising the progress of missions; ensuring the transition of research into operational NOAA capability and information services; administering resources in accordance with priori ties; and authorizing and conducting negotiations with other agencies for compatible scientific investigations. The Director coordinates activities with the bargaining union that is active at AOML.
The Director is responsible for providing expert scientific and technical direction, conceptual development, implementation, and management of an integrated program that is responsive to identified National and agency needs for the study of environmental processes that have impact on the conduct of NOAA's mission.
The Director is responsible for all operational aspects of AOML including financial management, budget development and justification, personnel management, and contract administration. Based upon the expressed requirements and justification of program leaders and the objectives established by the Assistant Administrator/Deputy Assistant Administrator, the Director, AOML, allocates and controls funds. The Director also plays a vital role in securing both in-house and other-agency support, as appropriate, for AOML programs. The Director reviews, analyzes, and evaluates new and existing plans, programs, and proposals for research initiatives as submitted by project leaders within AOML.
In addition to technical program management, the incumbent may perform personal research. The incumbent is recognized nationally and internationally as an authority and leader in his/her area of scientific expertise.