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Job posting: Social Scientist, NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration

Social Scientist
NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration
lver Spring, MD                 

I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG) is looking to hire a Social Scientist for a highly visible office in NOAA:  Office of Program Planning & Integration (PPI) in Silver Spring, MD.   The incumbent will provide direct support to the NOAA Chief Economist/Social Scientist, Assistant Administrator, and NOAA Senior Leadership. Working with the Chief Economist/Social Scientist, the Social Scientist provides expertise on economics and social science to promote sound analyses for policy and programmatic decision making.

Job Duties Include:

  • Improve coordination and quality of NOAA’s cross-line social science efforts:
    • Work with cross-line senior socioeconomic group to develop standard guidance for conducting valuation studies;
    • Work across lines to incorporate societal outcomes into performance measures.
  • Work with social scientists within NOAA, and with other bureaus in the Department of Commerce, to improve and maintain the rigor of NOAA’s high-profile economic data.
    • Review existing, new, and proposed NOAA’s economic databases and websites and provide PPI-approved statistics and guidance via the web;
    • Work with the line office social science leads to update NOAA’s PPI-approved economic statistics;
    • Work with the National Climate Data Center to improve and maintain the rigor that NOAA uses to estimate the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate events;
    • Work with the Coastal Services Center and the Bureau of Economic Analysis to establish and maintain an ocean and coastal satellite account that meets the needs of NOAA leadership and stakeholders.
  • Advancing NOAA’s  understanding of risk communication and risk behavior related to extreme weather and climate events.
  • Improve coordination and collaboration on socioeconomic datasets and initiatives at the interagency level.


  • Degree: PhD in Social Science discipline, or Master’s degree in Social Science discipline plus 2 year’s experience translating social science findings and methods for policy and program outcomes.
  • Ability to simultaneously oversee and manage multiple activities, coordinate the work of others, and integrate the work into a complete product.
  • Familiarity with NOAA policies, procedures and stakeholders preferred, preferably in weather, climate or satellites.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and data analysis software.
  • Strong customer service background and focus.
  • Innovative, proactive approach to work.

To Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the needs of this requirement to with the following subject heading:  NOAA1309Social Scientist.

 IMSG offers an outstanding benefits package including company paid medical benefits and three weeks paid time off.