Deputy Center Director position at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earthquake Science Center (ESC)

U.S. Geological Survey

The U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center (ESC) is hiring a Supervisory Interdisciplinary Geologist/Geophysicist to serve as Deputy Center Director. This important and influential permanent position is offered at the GS-14 level (salary ranges vary with location but are generally $136,832.00 to $191,900.00 / Per Year).  This position provides an opportunity for a leader interested in public service and earthquake hazards risk reduction.

Earthquake Science Center  The Earthquake Science Center (ESC) has been a flagship research center for the USGS for over 50 years. The mission of ESC is to: collect a wide range of data on earthquakes, faults, and crustal deformation; to conduct research to increase our understanding of earthquake source processes, occurrence, and effects; and to synthesize this knowledge into seismic hazard assessment products. Additional products include aftershock forecasts, ground-shaking scenarios for anticipated major earthquakes affecting the whole nation, and Earthquake Early Warning ShakeAlerts. Partnering with universities and State organizations, the Center operates the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN), as well as geodetic networks throughout the western United States. To fulfill its mission, the ESC engages in symbiotic partnerships that leverage complementary capabilities and resources with other USGS Science Centers, Federal and State agencies, private foundations, and public and private utilities and corporations. The ESC operates primarily out of three offices strategically located in the San Francisco Bay, Seattle, and Los Angeles areas.

Position  This position can be in any of three locations: Moffett Field, California, Pasadena, California or Seattle, Washington. This person will serve as Deputy Center Director, and will work directly with the Center Director to ensure that the Center is run well and to provide day-to-day leadership and management for the science center. Together with the Center Director, the position is generally responsible for:

·      development of work plans and the undertaking of planning, coordination, and leadership activities necessary to support the Center’s science, operations, and administration programs;

·      operational accountability, including annual budget planning and execution, IT security, funds management, procurement, property control, safety, personnel matters, delivery of science products, and performance reporting;

·      coordinating the center’s scientific proposal process in competing for research funding from USGS national programs. managing outside relationships and coordinating the preparation of center responses to information requests about ongoing and proposed center research activities that address USGS area, regional, and national priorities;

·      serving as acting Center Director when the Center Director is absent.

Supervising, mentoring, and guiding staff are important parts of this role, as is performing supervisory duties that include but are not limited to hiring, training, developing performance standards, navigating and improving performance issues, assigning work, establishing priorities, etc.

Application Process:

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The advertisement for this permanent, full-time position will be posted on USAJOBS on March 1, 2023 and close on March 22 (please don’t wait to apply as there is a cap on the number of allowed applicants and the opportunity may close early).

Job Announcement (single announcement for the general public and current federal employees):


Contact Michelle Liu, with questions about the application process or Christine Goulet with questions about the anticipated role (cell phone: 626-583-7819, email:

As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies: Leadership and Supervision, Scientific Knowledge, Program/Project Management, and Teamwork.

Please be sure to follow all steps outlined on the USAJobs website in submitting your application.  For example, if you use your own resume, describe your job-related qualifications, including: beginning and ending dates with month and year for paid and non-paid work experience; hours worked per week; annual salary; and description of job duties for each job title listed. Consider using the USAJobs Resume Builder to avoid being rejected on a technicality. Please also be sure to include copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate, unofficial is fine), SF-50s if applicable, professional licenses, and other requested documents. ALL applicants regardless of whether they are current USGS, or whether they are current federal employees in the series MUST follow the application requirements. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. ALL required documentation must be submitted prior to the close of the announcement. All documents must be legible! If unsure, contact Michelle Liu, to confirm that your documents all uploaded correctly. Additional information on what to include can be found here.

The U.S. Geological Survey is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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