NCA Coordinator - Casual (Program Specialist III)
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PLEASE NOTE : This is a new Casual (as-needed/no benefits) term position through September 30, 2013, with possibility of extension. THIS POSITION IS LOCATED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Initial consideration will be given to applications received prior to 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

UCP – Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS)

USGCRP National Coordination Office

Washington, DC

HOURS : up to 20 hours/week, not to exceed 1000 hours in one 12-month period. Flexible schedule.

Relocation benefits not provided.

UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., H1B, etc.) to fill this position.

OVERVIEW : The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal climate and global change research programs and investments to create and disseminate knowledge aimed at increasing our understanding of the impacts of climate change on natural and human systems and informing responses to climate and global change through research, education, communication, and decision support. The USGCRP is steered by the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), composed of 13 Federal Agencies and Departments, and overseen by the Executive Office of the President. The day-to-day activities and operations of the USGCRP are facilitated by the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Coordination Office (USGCRP NCO).

The National Climate Assessment (NCA), an activity of the USGCRP, will establish a continuing, inclusive process that produces authoritative data and reports over time, including a synthesis report in 2013. The NCA will evaluate climate impacts, including both variability and trends, in a global change context (considering social, economic and ecological implications). Climate related vulnerabilities and response strategies will be documented through ongoing efforts to assess how communities and the nation as a whole can create environmentally sound and sustainable development paths. More information about the NCA is available at

BASIC JOB FUNCTION: The incumbent will lead administrative and technical tasks for the National Climate Assessment (NCA) at the USGCRP NCO. More specifically, the incumbent will provide senior level program support to the NCA and provide experienced professional-level support to the sustained assessment planning process. Responsibilities include developing and reviewing components of technical documents and leading teams to complete technical and planning tasks. Undertakes special assignments as defined by the NCA Director. The position provides an excellent opportunity for exposure to the organizational structure within the Federal government that supports global change research and application, and to interact with a wide variety of experts and stakeholders in the field.


Under broad guidance from the NCA Chief of Staff and NCA Director, the incumbent will provide senior level program support, applying in-depth knowledge and devise creative solutions focusing on the following duties:

National Climate Assessment Technical Tasks .
  • Manages and coordinates technical reviews of scientific publications.
  • Performs literature reviews and develops technical summary documents.
  • Serves as technical resource for the NCA program area on climate science.
  • Leads teams in development of technical and scientific documents.
  • Develops, reviews, and revises preliminary and final products related to NCA science activities and enhances consistency among these, including streamlining the development process and applying first-hand experience to refine adaptation activity guidelines and contributing both content and editing throughout the process, from prospectus development through launch, documenting process issues
  • Prepares and manages the compilation of technical reports for the NCA, from prospectus development through launch, including but not limited to: draft review processes and formatting, development of consistent front (introductory matter, writing report content, developing rollout strategies and tailored implementation plans, and other communications activities.

National Climate Assessment Planning Tasks .
  • Provides qualitative and quantitative assessment of program successes and failures and recommends action plans to improve performance.
  • Develops guidance for technical writing teams, and provides technical and administrative reports and presentations to writing teams and advisory committees.
  • Provides a leadership role in defining, planning, and implementing NCA activities and their coordination with various interagency efforts around scientific and societal research and cross-cutting themes.
  • Develops and implements metrics for monitoring the effectiveness of the NCA author team and work group activities.

Communication .
  • Represents NCA to outside organizations by developing communication materials and through other interactions with individuals in government agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.
  • Advises senior staff on the specifics of projects.

Special Tasks .
  • Undertakes other special projects as assigned by the NCA Director, such as, as needed: providing leadership for working groups or special teams to complete planning tasks, technical tasks, and special reports.


Education and Experience:
  • Master’s degree in related field (e.g., climate, earth, or environmental science, engineering, etc.); and
  • at least three years experience; or
  • an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Advanced knowledge of climate change science and related impacts, and ability to serve as a technical resource.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment processes and peer review processes.
  • Experience with authoring and publishing scientific documents; record of relevant scientific publication.
  • Advanced skill in preparing technical and administrative reports.
  • Demonstrated skill in coordinating teams to complete tasks, including teams that are geographically and experientially diverse.
  • Familiarity with Federal research programs on climate change science or adaptation.
  • Experience with coordination of interagency activities or working groups.
  • Skill in proactively assessing programmatic needs and recommending and implementing action to meet those needs.
  • Advanced oral and written communications skills.
  • Computer literate, including word processing, presentation, and database software
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a professional team
  • Ability to prioritize and carry out multiple tasks under tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated organizational skills
  • Ability to handle confidential/sensitive information in a manner consistent with UCAR policy, acting with integrity and exhibiting behavior that merits public trust and confidence. (Note: The employee remains bound, even after their employment ends, not to disclose or disseminate any confidential information received or accessed while employed by UCAR). This obligation applies to both confidential information belonging to UCAR, as well as confidential information received during employment at UCAR pertaining to any third party.


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