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Director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland
$163,964 - $191,900
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Company Name For Job: NIST - National Institute of Standards Technology

Position Title: Director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate

Min Experience: 1-2Years at GS-14 level

Required Travel: 10-25%

Company Name:    NIST-National Institute of Standards Technology

Engineering Discipline: Civil Engineering, Meteorology, or Social Science



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Job Function:  Engineering

Entry Level:  No

Salary Low:     $163,964

Salary High:  $191,900

Salary - Type:  Yearly Salary

Workplace Type: On-Site

Job Type:   Full-Time

Job Duration:  Indefinite

Location(s):  Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20899, United States


NIST Engineering Laboratory, Gaithersburg, MD USA – NWIRP Director


Become part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) team in making measurable reductions in loss of life and property from severe windstorms! NIST's Engineering Laboratory seeks candidates for a Director of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

As the NWIRP Director, you'll lead a four-agency program comprised of NIST, NOAA, NSF, and FEMA to support research aimed at improving the understanding of windstorms and their impacts and develop technical guidance and outreach initiatives encouraging the implementation of cost-effective mitigation measures to reduce those impacts.

Once announced, this will be advertised as an interdisciplinary position in USAJOBS: General Engineering/General Physical Science/Social Science; ZP-0801-V/ZP-1340-V/ZP-0101-V.

Job Description:

We are seeking candidates with expertise in current wind engineering practices, windstorm processes and measurements, and wind mitigation, as well as familiarity or expertise within one or more of the following technical areas: 

  • Computational fluid dynamics with applications to wind engineering
  • Hurricane or severe convective storm risk modeling for buildings or infrastructure 
  • Hurricane, tornado, and straight-line wind loading 
  • Field instrumentation and measurements for hurricanes, tornadoes, severe convective storms, and/or wind-driven wildfire 
  • Structural damage analysis or modeling 
  • Wind mitigation techniques 
  • Building codes and standards, and the response of structures and infrastructure to hurricane, tornadic, and straight-line winds.
  • Community resilience and emergency response
  • Knowledge of policy and federal programs.

If selected, you will also collaborate closely with NIST’s Disaster and Failure Studies Program. You will contribute to expanding NIST's research on windstorm hazards and may participate in future event studies. Key responsibilities include:

  • Implement the NWIRP Strategic Plan and lead the Windstorm Working Group
  • Reporting NWIRP activities to Congress biennially
  • Organizing NWIRP Interagency Coordinating Committee annual meetings comprised of agency principals
  • Collaborate across NIST programs and divisions
  • Coordinating windstorm investigations with federal agencies and other stakeholders
  • Disseminating research findings through media, conference presentations, authoritative journal papers, and reports
  • Contributing to the development of codes and standards for building resilience against windstorm hazards

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $163,964 to $191,900 per annum. Exact compensation may vary based on skills and experience. The position is eligible for Alternate Work Schedule and Telework flexibilities. Additional information on Federal benefits can be found on our Pay, Benefits, and Leave page. Please note that only U.S. citizens can be considered for this position. This position is not eligible for full-time remote work but telework may be available. Relocation expenses may be considered.

Basic Requirements:

For 0801: A degree in engineering OR a combination of education and experience.

For 1301: A degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics OR a combination of education and experience

For 0101:  A degree in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position OR a combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field OR four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

In addition to the above basic requirements, for all three series, all applicants must also show they have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-14 (ZP-IV at NIST) grade level. Specialized experience is defined as experience in conducting complex hurricane, tornado, or windstorm hazard characterization and research, as well as providing high-level strategic guidance and standards development as it pertains to windstorm hazards, and the mitigation and resilience of buildings, infrastructure, and communities to windstorms.

Submission of Interest: 

Please send a cover letter/email and resume to by June 3, 2024. Please reference “NWIRP Director” and let us know how you learned about this position.  When the position is available, an official vacancy announcement will be posted on This announcement will be also posted on the Engineering Laboratory’s Careers page.

The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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