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Ship Communications Officer

Shipboard Officer / Personnel / Crew
$71,153 Per Annum
Employment type
Full Time
Mid Career


Announcement # 18-201-01EXOC
Title, Series, Grade, (Code): Ship Communications Officer WM 9908-28
Base Salary: $71,153 Per Annum
Opening Date: October 20, 2017 Closing Date:   Open continuously with periodic cut-offs
Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide

Who May Apply: All United States citizens and current Military Sealift Command Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).   Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) must submit a certification (i.e., statement of service) at the time of application which certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. 
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties: The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war.  MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations.  MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.

The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is the head of the Communications Department and is responsible to the Master for all operational, administrative and maintenance functions of the Communications Department.  Incumbent will keep the Master informed of all capabilities, limitations and conditions of assigned equipment in compliance with current policies and instructions; and initiate actions to correct all equipment deficiencies.  Incumbent is responsible for proper planning, managing, and executing of all Communications Department evolutions and Communications Department’s role in ship-wide functions.  Incumbent will manage the Command, Control, Communications, Computer (C4) systems.  Responsible for the proper operation, maintenance and repair of electronic communications equipment/systems onboard the ship.  Assigned as the ship’s Communications Local Element (LE) custodian, incumbent is responsible for all centralized distribution and accounting system designed to provide appropriate safeguards for sensitive cryptographic publications, messages, documents, keying material, equipment and related devices. Responsible for receiving and maintaining accountability of all CMS material allocated to the command’s LE Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) account.  Responsible to the ship’s Master for ensuring all incoming and outgoing Naval message traffic is processed accurately and in compliance with existing regulations.
May be designated as the Command Security Manager and Top Secret Control Officer.
Responsible for ensuring an aggressive Safety Program is established and maintained in the Communications Department in compliance with current policies and instructions. 
Maintain and manage the Radio Electronics Technician (RET) Watch bill, assigning RET personnel to watch sections based on their demonstrated knowledge, training and will ensure the Communications Department Watch stations are manned by qualified personnel at all time.  Responsible for the judicious and efficient use of straight time, premium pay and overtime.  Incumbent will submit accurate and timely premium pay and overtime records to the Purser at the end of each payroll.  Responsible for ensuring all departmental work spaces are kept in good order and free of rust, oil, dirt, debris, fire hazards, missile hazards and excessive paint build up and HAZMAT.  Coordinate with the Chief Mate any maintenance of departmental workspaces which require paint/mechanical paint removal, or which require additional manpower to attain.
Develop ship specific Duty Statements for personnel under his supervision.  Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position.  Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid:
    1.  U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months
remaining of expiration date.

    2.  Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)
and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) ten (10) months remaining of expiration date. 
    3.  United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s
Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
    4.  Documented experience managing a communications department in a shipboard environment as military E7 and above trained in a radio electronics, computer technology, telecommunications environment or commercial equivalent of above requirements with any of the following NEC’s 2302, 2379, 2791, 2792, or NETW 4001, SSC-6209,
• Must have three (3) years documented cumulative
experience sailing on MSC vessels as a permanent Ship Communications Officer (SCO), Chief Radio Electronics Technician (CRET) or temporary Ship Communications Officer (SCO).  Experience as the shipboard SCO/CRET LAN Administrator aboard at least two (2) AKE or EPF class vessels highly recommended.
    5.  Current Security Plus Certificate within last 3 years of announcement from an accredited test facility.
NOTE:  When submitting an application for employment, you must provide a letter from your Facility Security Officer and or Government Security Official to document Top Secret eligibility. You must have Top Secret eligibility within the last 24 months when hired for this position.                                                         
Evaluation Criteria: 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 shipboard communications
procedures, equipment maintenance, and training.
2. Skill in all forms of administrative and operational
message drafting for U.S., Allied and Joint Components.
3. Knowledge of communications troubleshooting
maintenance and repair.
4. Ability to effectively manage, organize, direct,
coordinate, and assess the work of others.
5. Thorough knowledge of Electronic Key Management System
(EKMS) Policy and C4 (Command, Control, Communications, and Computers) as fitted to NFAF ships.
Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.
Conditions of Employment: 1.  CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis testing.
2.  Able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance with Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) 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. 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 authority.
5. Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training courses, including personal survival, which requires the ability to float in the water for a minimum of sixty (60) seconds.
6.  Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the duties of this position worldwide at all times.
7.  Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at all times.
8.  Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an English language competency test.
9.  Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer as the standard method of payroll payments.
10.  Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and writing the English language.
a. 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 the drug test, fails to disclose employment information, fails to report to new employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security clearance.
b. On a case-by-case basis, 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.
Apply Instructions
How to Apply: All applications for employment with Military Sealift Command must be submitted through
To begin the process you must submit an Information Request Form (IRF).
Your IRF submission will create a secure online profile after which you will receive an email to verify your account.  Once verified, you will be able to complete the application process.  Applications for this position can only be submitted during the announcement open period (Eastern Standard Time). Please note the email address you create will be used by the Command to correspond with you.
In addition to meeting the minimum conditions of employment, you will be required to scan and upload .jpg or .pdf files of the following documents:
1.  Front and back of United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), United States Coast Guard license, and/or STCW certificate, and U.S. Passport.
2.  Relevant professional certificates as applicable for this position i.e. American Culinary Federation (ACF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Universal, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Security Plus, etc.
3.  If you are a current or former federal government employee, a copy of your most recent Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50).
4.  If you served in the U.S. military service, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Discharge (DD-214) that shows the type of discharge you received. This information is located under the “Character of Service” block of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10 points or higher veteran’s preference you must provide supporting documentation such as a completed Application for Preference (SF-15) Additional information on veteran’s preference is available at  You will also be required to provide a copy of the VA Rating Decisions upon accepting the tentative offer of employment.
5.  Last five (5) years of performance evaluations (if available) and training certificates applicable to the position you are applying for.
6.  Job related honors, awards, and special accomplishments; for example, military, government or recognized professional organizations related to the maritime field and performance awards.
You will be able to upload and store versions of these documents in your secure online profile. NOTE:  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documents scanned and uploaded are legible. You have the ability to crop and view each document that is uploaded.
You will not be able to submit an application unless you have uploaded the required documentation as indicated here.
Applicants may be interviewed prior to being selected for employment.
How To Contact Us: If you require technical support, please use the support tab located in the top right corner of the Start the Process page This will generate an email a message for you to submit your
issue. Emails will be responded to during business hours
M-F 0800 – 1700 CST. 
• If you have any questions regarding the position or to follow up on an application submitted, please email us at or call us at (757) 341-4610 or (757) 341-4611, or our toll-free recruitment hotline at 1-877-562-7672 during the hours of 0700 to 2000 EST.
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.
Employment of Federal Civilian Annuitants:  Selection of CIVMAR annuitants for MSC positions must be approved by the Director for Civilian Human Resources.  Annuitants serve at the will of the appointing officer.
Benefits Information: 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 reemployed period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United Stated 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
Annuitants are not eligible for recruitment and retention incentives.
1. Previous security clearance issues (intents to deny or the revocation of security clearances).
2. Debts.
3. Previous felony convictions where actual time was served in jail for more than one (1) year.
Any questions relative to this issue should be directed to the CIVMAR Support Center at 866-562-7672.

MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. 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, or other personal condition unrelated to the applicant’s basic ability to perform satisfactorily. Please visit for more information. Determinations of whether an accommodation is appropriate shall be made by the agency as soon 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. 


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Military Sealift Command
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls most of the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. The United States Military Sealift Command has the responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services as well as for other government agencies


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