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Title, Series, Grade (Code)
Operations Chief WM-9930 (155)
Base Salary: East:$48,925; West: $57,135 Per annum
Type of Appointment:
Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: October 25, 2012 Closing Date
Open continuously with periodic cut-offs
Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified United States Citizens who are
currently not employed with Military Sealift Command
(MSC) as civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employees.
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
Duties: The Operations Chief is a member of the Deck Department
and reports directly to the Navigator/Operations Officer.
The Operations Chief assists in gathering, interpreting,
and disseminating all operational information necessary
to carry out the mission of the ship. The duty of the
Operations Chief is to support the Navigator/Operations
Officer in coordinating and communicating externally from
the ship with the task group operational commanders,
customers, and MSC ashore units. Internal to the ship,
the Operations Chief assists the Master and
Navigator/Operations Officer with the scheduling of
operational events; drafting and interpreting naval
message traffic; anticipating and forecasting future
tasking as well as tactical maneuvering and tactical
communications. The responsibilities of the Operations
Chief are to ensure the consistently successful execution
of ship's schedule and proper operational reporting. The
Operations Chief is accountable to maintain situational
awareness of all near and long term operational events,
always staying ahead of the pace of operations.
Additionally and when directed, the Operations Chief is
responsible for initiating and communicating the ship's
operational status and intentions to all appropriate
commanders and customers. The Operations Chief shall be
capable of coding, decoding, and interpreting tactical
signals associated with Joint, Allied, and Navy
Publications. The Operations Chief shall be capable of
performing the duties of Helicopter Control Officer (HCO)
during helicopter operations. Job requires knowledge and
proficiency in navigational techniques and equipment; use
and interpretation of charts; plotting positions on
charts; fundamentals of ECDIS and GPS; time zone
conversions; use of maneuvering boards for tactical
maneuvering exercises; as well as the calculation of
time/speed/distance. Performs other duties as assigned.
Must be a United States Citizen of at least 18 years of
age and possess and maintain a valid:
• U. S. Passport with a minimum of 7 months remaining
of expiration date,
• Transportation Worker Identification Credential
(TWIC) card with a minimum of 10 months remaining of
• United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s
Document (MMD), or Merchant Mariner Credential
(MMC), with a minimum of 10 months remaining of
expiration date with entry level endorsements as
Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, or Stewards Department (FH)
• Must have at least 10 years military experience (E5
or above) as an Operations Specialist (OS) or
• U.S. Navy Active Duty Line Officer (O-3 or above),
LDO, or CWO with Surface Warfare Officer (SWO)
qualifications and at least 3 years of seagoing
• Sailed as an RET2 or above with a minimum of 3 years
Navy seagoing experience (E5 or above) as an
Operations Specialist (OS) or Quartermaster.
• Sailed as an RET2 or above with a minimum of 4
months documented experience in the Operations
Department onboard MSC ships as Operations
Applicants who meet the Minimum Eligibility Requirements
described above will be further evaluated. Documented
knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training,
and awards contained in the application package and
resume will be reviewed and rated to determine the degree
to which applicants possess the required knowledge,
skills, and abilities listed below that are essential to
perform the duties and responsibilities of the position
for which applicants are being considered.
1. Detailed knowledge of U.S. Navy standard Naval
Message drafting and procedures.
2. Skill in a wide variety of U.S. Navy and Military
Sealift Command communications systems and
3. Ability to assist with the planning and coordination
of underway replenishment operations.
4. Ability to interpret and analyze Joint, Navy, and
Allied Tactical Instructions and Publications.
5. Proficiency in tactical maneuvering and navigational
Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience,
etc., will also be part of the rating process.
1. CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis
2. Able to obtain and maintain security clearance
eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.
3. Able to successfully pass the physical examinations
(arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical requirements.
Participate in vaccine immunization; including a
tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also required. TB
screening is not provided at the MSC-arranged medical
examination, but can usually be obtained from your
personal medical provider or free at any local Public
Health Clinic. If you have previously had a positive TB
skin test (i.e. a CONVERTER or REACTOR), another skin
test is not required, but you must instead provide the
Medical Department written proof that you have completed
treatment with medicine (i.e. INH), or that you have
started treatment with medicine, or that such treatment
is not warranted as determined by competent medical
4. Attend and successfully complete all mandatory
training courses, including Personal Survival, which
requires the ability to float in the water for a minimum
of 60 seconds.
5. Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the
duty of this position worldwide at all times.
6. Be ready, willing, and able to work in shipboard
environment conditions, and wear protective equipment
worldwide at all times.
7. Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an
English Language Competency Test.
8. Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds
transfer as the standard method of payroll payments.
9. Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and
writing the English language.
a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded
if the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled
appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the
language competency test, fails drug test, fails to
disclose employment information, fails to report to the
New Employee Orientation, or is unable to obtain a
b. In case by case bases, an applicant who accepts a
tentative offer of employment will be required to provide
a VA Rating Decisions and or Office of Worker’s
Compensation Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.
How to Apply: ALL documents MUST be POSTMARKED by the cut-off or
closing date of this announcement. Only applications
received during the announced timeframe will be
considered. MSC is not responsible for obtaining
documents to include in your package.
The following documents are required and are to be
submitted in the following order:
1. A completed, signed and dated Optional Application
for Federal Employment (OF-612) to include social
security number, US Citizenship, veterans preference and
previous federal employment. For forms visit
2. A completed, signed and dated Declaration of Federal
Employment (OF-306), including Applicant’s Statement of
Selective Service Registration Status, for forms visit
http://www.sealiftcommand.com. For Selective Service
information, visit www.sss.gov. If you answered yes to
Questions 9 and/or 11; or have current or pending
criminal charges and/or charges for any violation of law,
court abstracts from the Clerk of Courts are required.
3. A current United States Coast Guard Merchant
Mariner’s Document (MMD), front and back or Merchant
Mariner Credential (MMC), all pages and front and back
copy of the Transportation Worker Identification
Credential (TWIC) with a minimum of ten months remaining
of expiration date.
4. A front and back copy of your current United States
Coast Guard license, and/or STCW certificate with a
minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date, if
5. A current U. S. Passport with a minimum of seven
months remaining of expiration date.
6. A copy of professional certificates as applicable for
7. If you are a current federal employee, you must
include a copy of your most recent Notice of Personnel
8. If you are a prior federal government employee, you
must include a copy of your separation Notice of
Personnel Action (SF-50).
9. If you served in the U.S. Military Service, you must
provide a copy of your Certificate of Discharge (DD214)
that shows the type of discharge you received. This
information is located under the “Character of Service”
block of your DD214. If you are claiming 10 points or
higher veteran's preference, you must provide supporting
documentation such as, a completed Application for
information on Veterans’ Preference is available at
www.opm.gov/veterans. You will also be required to
provide a copy of the VA Rating Decisions upon accepting
the tentative offer of employment.
10. Resume. All resumes shall be one sided, type written
in Courier New (12 pitch), and must show sufficient
experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and
abilities to perform the duties of the specific position
for which applicants are being considered; and shall
include the following information in its order:(See
(a) Full name.
(b) Relevant work experience within the last 5
years including paid and non paid public or private
sector work experience related to the job for which
(c) Colleges or universities name, city, and
state (with zip code), major(s), type and year of any
degree received (if no degree, show total credits earned
and indicate whether semester or quarter hours).
11. Last 5 years of Performance Evaluations (if
available) and training certificates applicable to the
position you are applying to.
12. Job related honors, awards, and special
accomplishments; for example, Military, Government or
recognized professional organizations related to the
maritime field and performance awards. Submit copies.
Failure to submit any required information to show that
you meet the minimum qualifications as outlined in the
JOA will result in the applicant being found ineligible.
Failure to provide a Resume as directed in the JOA will
result in applicant being found ineligible.
All applications and supporting documents will become the
property of MSC, and will not be returned to the
applicant once submitted. Applicants are encouraged to
make copies of all documentation prior to submission.
How To Contact
Please send completed packages to:
Military Sealift Command
CIVMAR Support Center
6353 Center Drive, Building #8, Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502
If you have any questions, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call our toll free
Recruitment hotline at 1-877-JOBS-MSC (1-877-562-7672).
Please also visit our website at
NOTE: FAILURE TO PROVIDE REQUIRED INFORMATION REQUESTED FOR
THIS POSITION WILL ADVERSELY AFFECT YOUR ELIGIBILITY.
Federal job applicants who make a false statement in any
part of the application could be turned down for the job,
fired after beginning work, or subject to fine,
imprisonment (U.S. Code, title 18, section 1001), or
other disciplinary action.
In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United
States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of
Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon
appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement
contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan,
or a supplemental or re-determined annuity for the
reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement
annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1)or
8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed
to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to
retirement provisions of the new appointment as
appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300 at
YOU MAY NOT BE HIRED IF YOU FAIL TO REPORT:
1. Previous Security Clearance Issues (intents to deny
or the revocation of security clearances).
3. Previous felony convictions where actual time was
served in jail for more than one year.
Any questions relative to this issue should be directed
to the CIVMAR Support Center at 1-866-562-7672.
IS AN EQUAL
All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will
receive consideration without regard to age, sex, race,
color, religion, national origin, lawful political
affiliation, non-disqualifying disability, marital
status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, other personal
condition unrelated to the applicant’s basic ability to
perform satisfactory. Please visit
http://www.msc.navy.mil/civmar/eeo.htm for more
information. Determinations of whether an accommodation
is appropriate shall be made by the agency as soon as
practicable, after the initial application process and
shall be made with regard to all applicable statutes and
regulations. If assistance is required to complete the
application process, interested applicants should call
our CIVMAR Support Center at the above number and refer
to the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.