The Director, GSD, is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and evaluating the operation of the Laboratory, providing general guidance to scientific program managers; exploring new and promising lines of research; appraising the progress of missions; administering resources in accordance with priorities; and authorizing and conducting negotiations with other agencies for compatible scientific investigations. GSD manages and conducts research and development in sciences and systems to improve data integration and forecasting technologies utilizing advances in environmental monitoring, data integration, and analysis; in understanding of atmospheric and oceanic processes; and in numerical modeling. The Director, Global System Division will serve a dual role as the ESRL Director, as needed.
The Director is responsible for providing expert scientific and technical direction for the development, implementation, and management of an integrated, sound, and effective program that is responsive to identified national and agency needs for global weather and climate systems.
The Director is responsible for all operational aspects of GSD 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 OAR Assistant Administrator and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, he/she allocates and control funds annually. The Director also plays a vital role in securing both in-house and other-agency support for GSD programs.
The Director reviews, analyzes, and evaluates new and existing plans, programs, and proposals for research initiatives as submitted by project leaders within GSD.
The Director serves as a spokesperson for GSD/ESRL/OAR/NOAA among top level scientists of other agencies in meetings leading to the identification of significant research projects and the establishment of objectives. He/she serves on committees that greatly influence the direction of scientific research. As an internationally recognized expert in atmospheric, oceanographic, or related sciences, opinions and technical positions of the incumbent contribute greatly toward the development of policies and programs within other agencies. In addition to technical program management, the incumbent may perform personal research. The incumbent is recognized nationally and internationally as authority and leader in his/her area of scientific expertise.