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Vessel Operations - Associate Director

Vessel Operations
$5,338.59 monthly proposed minimum
Employment type
Full Time
Mid Career

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Computers and related software. Strong verbal and written communication skills

Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

Ability to interpret federal, state and local laws related to the maritime industry.

Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Required Licenses and Certifications:

Current and valid Class C vehicle license 

Current and valid USCG Merchant Mariner Credential: 100-ton Master’s License - Near Coastal (up to 200 nautical miles) or greater

Current TWIC card

Ability to obtain US Powerboat Instructor Certification within one-year Preferred Education and Experience:

Masters in Maritime Transportation, Maritime Administration, Boat Operations or equivalent

Prior experience in higher education, non-profit, or governmental employment

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

ABYC certifications

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelors’ degree in marine or maritime related discipline or any equivalent combination of education and experience

Eight years of maritime administration or related experience


What we want:  

The Associate Director for Vessel Operations is responsible for oversight, supervision, and management of daily operations of the unit.  Requires little to no supervision to carry out responsibilities.  Forms working relationships with other units and administration to ensure adequate resources are obtained and allocated so that high impact vessel trips in support of the research, academic, and training mission of the University are safely and efficiently accomplished. If this job description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

Position Details: Must pass a USCG/DOT drug test prior to employment and participates in the University’s random drug testing plan.

Employees Supervised:  Direct-Vessel Operations Manager and 1-2 student employees and

Indirect-Captain Near Coastal, 2 Boatswain’s, 1 Deckhand, 5-6 student employees


Administration and Management - Responsible for daily administrative and operational oversight of the unit. Participates in planning, directing, and coordinating operational events and procedural matters for the unit to meet unit goals and objectives.  Leads, plans and oversees the development of strategic plans and capital project budgets in conjunction with Director. Serves on the administrative team with the Director.  Coordinates, develops, directs and evaluates highly complex operations for effectiveness in the Vessel Operations unit.  Ensures the unit has the required knowledge, skills, and resources needed to carry out daily operations.  Continually examines all operational activities of the unit and initiates actions to improve financial and operational efficiencies.  In the absence of the Director, represents MESSO Operations at university committees and meetings.  Responsible for annual budget preparation and expense control for Vessel Operations.  Oversees the coordination of programs, ensuring program goals are consistent with departmental and University missions.  Establishes performance goals to evaluate the success of Vessel Operations by developing reports, analyses and surveys for Director.  Completes special projects as needed.

Compliance - Ensures the unit is in compliance with federal, state, and local laws as well as with TAMUS, TAMU, and TAMUG policies, regulations, rules, and procedures, including monitoring documentation to ensure 100% compliance with all USCG crew requirements.  Reviews the operational manuals and procedures in the department on a regular basis to determine if the unit is meeting requirements.  Makes recommendations to Director for perceived needed revisions.  Reviews unit required paperwork and packets, including vessel trip packets, to ensure completion to Director’s satisfaction.  Follow’s up with internal and external customers to develop plans for issues that arose during trips.  Develops reports based on data, analyzes and makes recommendations of successes and areas for improvement.

Training - Develops and reviews technical vessel training programs for unit employees, faculty, and researchers.  Conducts the training courses when needed. Use of a University vehicle or golf cart would be required.

Supervision and Leadership - Supervises Vessel Operations manager and various student workers and directs staff and activities of Vessel Operations.

Captain - Serves as a back-up Captain Near Coastal on any vessel trip as required. Performs other duties as assigned.

All positions are security sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Cover Letter/Resume: A cover letter and resume will assist us in our review of your application materials.

Special Note: All applications MUST be submitted through the following link . Applications will not be considered that are submitted through any other means.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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