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Communication & Outreach Manager, NOAA Weather Radio Program, Tyra L. Brown
Meteorologist and Decision Support Services Program Manager Matt Solum, Western Region Headquarters

Careers in Operational Support and Administrative Management

Who provides Operational Support and Administrative Management?

It takes a lot of different, highly-skilled professionals to manage the nation's weather, water, and climate data, forecasts, and warnings.  From our National Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD to our six Regional Headquarters in Bohemia, NY, Fort Worth, TX, Kansas City, MO, Salt Lake City, UT, Anchorage, AK and Honolulu, HI to over 150 Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs), River Forecast Centers (RFCs), Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs), and national centers nationwide - our team is filled with dedicated individuals who work hard to support the NWS’s mission.  

Job Duties

The job duties for those in administrative and operational support positions vary greatly.  Administrative Support Assistants, Budget Officers, Policy Analysts, Program Managers, and Training Coordinators are just a few of the positions within this broad category.  Implementing budgets and policies, coordinating training, and building partnerships with professionals in other agencies are among the many duties handled by our diverse support team.  The duties for individual jobs will be listed in the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS.

Work Environment

Those in administrative and operational support roles work in offices all around the country.  Some positions, such as national and regional Program Managers, require occasional travel to conferences and meetings. 

Education and Experience Requirements

Just as the duties vary for jobs in this broad category, so do the education and experience requirements.  Be sure to read vacancy announcements on USAJOBS to determine if you meet the requirements and to ensure that you submit all required documentation to demonstrate your eligibility.

Faces of the NWS: Operational Support and Administrative Management

Rosemary Auld
Regional Training Manager Eastern Region Headquarters

Melinda Bailey
National Marine Program Manager

Tyra Brown Harris
Social Science and DEIA Lead
Office of Dissemination

Vankita Brown
Social Scientist
Office of the Chief Operating

Douglas Hilderbrand
Preparedness and Resilience Program Lead
Analyze, Forecast, and Support Office

Heath Hockenberry
National Fire Weather Program Manager
Analyze, Forecast, and Support Office

Brian Hoeth
Emergency Response Meteorologist
Southern Region Regional Operations Center (SR ROC)

Eric Lau
Chief, Environmental Scientific & Services Division
Pacific Region Headquarters

Wendy Levine
Senior Policy Lead
NWS Headquarters,
Silver Spring, MD

Kim Montgomery
Administrative Officer : National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), Office of the Director

Lara Pagano
NWS Organizational Health and Culture Lead
Silver Spring, MD

Paul Schlatter
Sciences and Operations Officer (SOO)
WFO Boulder

Wendy Sellers
OSTI Research to Operations (R2O) Transition Manager

Matt Solum
Regional Response and Preparedness Specialist
Western Region Headquarters

Raymond Tanabe
Director, Pacific Region
Pacific Region Headquarters

Chris Vaccaro
Communications Director
Office of the Chief of Staff

Larry Van Bussum
National Fire Weather Operations Coordinator National Interagency Fire Center