This position will support the Program Coordination and Communication (PCC) Branch within the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in advancing NCCOS' mission and goals. The Branch is responsible for providing programmatic, policy, and internal and external communication support and coordination for NCCOS activities, as well as assisting NCCOS leadership with the formulation of NCCOS research and budget priorities, NCCOS environmental compliance coordination, congressional and stakeholder engagement, and staffing for the NCCOS chief scientist.Core responsibilities include the following tasks:As an Environmental Scientist, you will perform the following duties:? Serve as a scientific policy analyst, with emphasis on ensuring the highest quality in professional communications related to coastal ecosystem stressors, coastal resilience, marine spatial planning, and other coastal issues. Responsible for staying abreast of the wide variety of office science activities and upcoming milestones and accomplishments and performing office coordination of science activities to enhance collaboration across the organization. Convey the office's scientific priorities and increase awareness of the organization's science, research, and policies both internally and externally.? Serve as the NCCOS Environmental Compliance Program Manager. Ensure that NCCOS science is compliant with NEPA and environmental statutes such as the Endangered Species Act, Magnuson Stevens Essential Fish Habitat provisions, and the Natural Historic Preservation Act using existing programmatic memos and documentation or through creating new documentation. ? Serve as a technical expert to provide advice to office leadership on short term program planning, tracking, and reporting, as well as out-year programmatic and budget planning and evaluation, including routine evaluation of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) contributions to performance measures and the development of new performance measures and associated business rules. Apply advanced scientific knowledge in collaboration with senior leadership in response agency, inter-agency and Congressional information requests as well as tracking these efforts to gain efficiencies in future responses and planning efforts.? Identify, plan and execute strategic communication opportunities to promote the understanding of the value the office's work brings to the Nation. Specialize in social media and web communications, and stay abreast of current platforms and their utility in reaching a broader audience. Draft, edit and post or distribute stories through regular internal and external reporting, including one pagers, press releases, website posts or social media posts.? Responsible for generating outreach materials and newsletters targeted to internal staff and external audiences, such as Congress, stakeholders and the general public. Provide advice to office leadership on appropriate communication products and channels and implement as appropriate.? Responsible for staying abreast of the wide variety of office science activities and upcoming milestones and accomplishments and performing office coordination of science activities to enhance collaboration across the organization. Convey the office's scientific priorities and increase awareness of the organization's science, research, and policies both internally and externally.? Lead special internal, external, short term efforts or projects including internal and cross-organization coordination and report writing. Develop engaging presentations and provide support for meetings and workshops planning, and agenda development and execution.
Required Qualifications: Masters degree in marine or environmental science or a related field and two years working experience, or Bachelor's degree with a minimum of four years of work experience in program planning and policy analysis. ? Some experience with reviewing scientific endeavors for environmental compliance. ? Self-starter with timely responsiveness and a service attitude.? Demonstrated ability to work on several projects simultaneously, to shift priorities as needed, and work productively in a fast-paced, team environment.? Demonstrated attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.? Excellent written and verbal skills.? Excellent sense of humor and interpersonal skills.? Experience in providing program management support to senior leaders of an organization is a plus.? Experience with the suite of Google collaborative tools, MS Word, PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign, are a plus CSS is predominantly a Federal Contractor and is subject to following the terms of Executive Orders. CSS requires all Employees (Direct, Indirect, government, state, and commercial), including employees working from home/remotely, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption. Exceptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the CSS HR Department. CSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer who provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, CSS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.