• Fairfax, VA, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: NOAA SETSS WPO Social Science Research Lead

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Job Summary:

The purpose of this position is to provide knowledge and guidance in the area of social science as it relates to the NOAA Weather Program Office (WPO) mission.

The NOAA WPO is a programmatic office located in NOAA Research that supports world-class weather research to save lives, reduce property damage, and enhance the national economy by selecting and funding research that supports and fosters collaborations with NOAA's research laboratories and the weather enterprise (i.e., NOAA, other Federal agencies and entities, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector). WPO's Programs work closely with the National Weather Services to develop and transition weather research to improve knowledge about tropical cyclones, severe storms, extreme precipitation, air pollution, and social science - and to integrate weather, water, and climate forecasting and mitigation.

The purpose of this position is to provide support to the Weather Program Office (WPO) Social Science Program (SSP), which is located within NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). The individual will assist with management of research portfolios spanning social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBES), and will support the SSP mission to find, fund, and foster collaborative social science weather research and its potential applications with an emphasis on SBES data collection and data policy. This position focuses on nurturing relationships across NOAA, the federal government, and with the academic community to translate SBES knowledge across the weather enterprise.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaborate and support ongoing SBES data efforts across WPO, OAR, and NOAA to prioritize the collection of baseline, longitudinal, and event-based social science data, the publication of social science data and instruments, and the archival of social and behavioral science data.
  • Utilize knowledge and expertise in qualitative and quantitative social science research methodologies to review the technical rigor of scientific proposals, correspond with investigators about their methodological approach, and track project compliance with Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) as needed.
  • Conduct stakeholder analyses to identify and synthesize cutting edge scientific priorities into draft language for funding opportunities.
  • Support the SBES research to operations team by helping them identify relevant mechanisms for SBES research transition applications throughout NOAA and the broader weather enterprise.
  • Work with NOAA library staff to produce annotated bibliographies to inform stakeholders and program personnel of cutting edge research on relevant social science topics.
  • Coordinate across WPO, OAR, and NOAA to support synergistic activities and build SBES capacity across the agency.
  • Support projects funded by WPO and SSP by providing project management expertise and oversight as needed.
  • Schedule, plan, and facilitate meetings with internal staff, external researchers, and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other federal agencies to support interagency initiatives and projects.
  • Respond to information requests and maintain up-to-date information in NOAA- and other relevant databases.
  • Attend relevant society meetings such as American Meteorological Society, National Weather Association, The Society for Risk Analysis, etc. Chair relevant sessions and present relevant work in support of SSP mission and goals.
  • Assist with other WPO activities as needed.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • A working understanding of the field of social science
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience
  • Master's degree required, PhD preferred

Work Setting and Environment:

  • Monday through Friday, normal business hours.
  • 100% remote
  • Travel for meetings and conferences may be required.
  • On-site federal contractors, in federal buildings or on federal lands must comply with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures.

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