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Engineer/Scientist III, Silver Spring, MD US, ID#16525

Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs (CNSP) is a versatile, tribally owned 8(a), SDB providing solutions throughout the U.S. and overseas. CNSP has expertise in a wide range of technical disciplines, including global vulnerability assessment, information assurance, intelligence operations, program management and professional services with partners in Information Technology. CNSP is owned by Cherokee Nation Businesses, the economic engine of Cherokee Nation, the largest Native American tribe in the U.S. One-hundred percent of the company’s profits support future business investments and the well-being of the tribe’s citizens through health care, education and job creation, ensuring better lives for Cherokees today and tomorrow.

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The NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) supports world-class weather and air quality research to save lives, reduce property damage, and enhance the national economy. In pursuit of its vision and mission, OWAQ works closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) to help develop and transition weather and air quality research, including hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, heavy precipitation, and air pollution. Additionally, OWAQ utilizes social science to learn how to deal with the uncertainties weather presents and to inform its engagement and communication with researchers, funders, and the public.

CNSP is looking for an Engineer/Scientist to support the NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ), the right candidate will provide project management level oversight and scientific guidance in planning and tracking related service, product and system improvements from concept to delivery and from research to operations. The Engineer/Scientist will communicate task status and schedule changes promptly and produce monthly status reports and highlighting task completion schedules, work schedule variations (if any), other milestones and work product deliveries.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific, technical and programmatic services to the OWAQ Director and coordinate closely with Physical Scientist and Program Analyst colleagues
  • Effectively develop, plan, implement and track projects, assess and control performance, and manage risk and interdependencies to meet the project goals and objectives throughout program / project life cycles.
  • Interact regularly with agency representatives and leadership in meetings to formulate, refine, and execute R2O/A strategies
  • Participate in coordination and review of research and development, implementation, documenting, and supporting activities for the advancement of research into operations/applications, including working with Principal Investigators to refine project artifacts
  • Support the development of a cross-agency national written program guidance and data calls
  • Support OWAQ Director with various duties as assigned related to managing the R2O effort, which may include developing and delivering status presentations, representation at meetings, etc.
  • Support the preparation of Competitive Announcements, Project Performance Milestones, Strategic Plans, Program Baseline Assessments, Annual Operating Plans (AOP), cost/schedule performance reporting, and schedules for internal meeting coordination
  • Assist in creation of program and project life cycle documents such as requirements documents, program and project plans, and development, test, deployment, and science and implementation plans
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of R2O/A proposals and projects; track milestones to ensure performance is maintained
  • Coordinate document development, peer reviews, information dissemination and communication with NOAA Line Office Transition Managers. Coordinate scientific and technical issues for review by LOTMC members. Coordinate required meetings and briefing materials
  • The Engineer/Scientist will provide project management level oversight and scientific guidance in planning and tracking related service, product and system improvements from concept to delivery and communicate task status and schedule changes promptly, conforming to congressional guidelines and mandates.
  • The Engineer/Scientist will produce monthly status reports and highlighting task completion schedules as needed, work schedule variations (if any), other milestones and work product deliveries, synthesize interactions with the weather enterprise to construct research planning documents, and assist research to operations transitions

Supervisory/Management Authority:

  • This position will not have supervisory or management authority

Education and/or Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science or a closely related field is mandatory
  • A Master’s degree and/or proven work experience in earth system physical science fields such as meteorology, oceanography, cryosphere etc. preferred
  • Experience with numerical modeling is preferred with established experience in s similar position
  • Experience in meteorological, or related, project management, program management, resource management (budget, personnel), and program planning documentation is required to support the Office of Weather and Air Quality and the overall effort to align office goals and efforts to meet congressional mandates
  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience interacting with government agencies
  • A Minimum of five (5) years of technical writing experience



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written
  • Have strong analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Customer service driven, flexible and accommodating
  • Dependable, reliable and accountable
  • Successfully pass a drug screen and background check

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in a secured federal office

With $400 million in annual revenue, 20% growth per year, approximately 950+ active contracts serving 60+ government agencies in 25 countries, 47 states, 2 territories and 2000+ employees, Cherokee Nation Businesses’ (CNB) group of Federal Contracting Section 8(a) companies is well positioned to deliver expertise needed to solve complex technical issues. Federal Solutions provides an array of services for 12 of the 15 cabinet-level departments and agencies – from applications and data services to cybersecurity and national defense.

Why consider Cherokee Nation and our Federal Solutions business? Here are some great resources highlighting what we do and compelling reasons for joining our team!



Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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