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    The Senior Executive Service (SES) is a corps of executives selected for their superior leadership qualifications. Members of the SES serve in key positions just below the top Presidential appointees, and are the major link between these appointees and the rest of the federal workforce. Candidates for SES positions must possess both technical qualifications (subject matter expertise) and executive qualifications (leadership and managerial experience). By definition, SES positions are managerial, supervisory, and policy positions classified above the GS15 grade level.

    Position Summary

    This position is located at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), United States Department of Transportation (DOT).  The USMMA is a degree granting four-year institution of higher learning.  The Superintendent occupies a General position in the Senior Executive Service, and reports to the Maritime Administrator.

    The primary mission of the USMMA is to educate and train individuals as highly qualified licensed merchant marine officers motivated to sail in vessels of the United States.  A secondary mission is to provide a strong general and professional education which will serve as a foundation for leadership responsibilities in the maritime industry and armed forces.

    This position is responsible for executive leadership and the effective and efficient operation of Academy facilities, developing and promulgating policies and programs for Midshipmen education through Department Heads and other Academy leaders; ensuring academic standards and the physical well-being of Midshipmen; conducting short and long-range planning; and establishing effective communications with all stakeholders.  The incumbent is also responsible for a wide range of resource management and operational support activities.  

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    The Superintendent is the senior officer assigned to direct the day-to-day execution of the missions and functions of this Federal Service Academy.  The Superintendent reports directly to the Maritime Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation.  The incumbent provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination for all operational and administrative activities relating to the support of the Academy.

    Directs and supervises a command team, faculty, and support staff of military and civilian professionals motivated to provide excellence in education and training.  Rigorously meets applicable laws, standards, policies, and guidelines.  This includes promoting an inclusive work environment free of discrimination and providing opportunities for all employees to work to their full potential.  Maintains and enforces zero tolerance standard for sexual assault/sexual harassment for all hands – Midshipmen, faculty, staff and visitors to the Academy.

    Develops a proactive program to effectively communicate the mission and operations of the Academy to Congress, the public, and other stakeholders.  This includes coordinating and assisting MARAD, members of Congress or staff on issues of Congressional concern; and ensuring that the Academy maintains an overall effective Congressional liaison program principally through the Academy’s Congressional Board of Visitors.

    Establishes and maintains trust and transparency through effective communications with all Academy stakeholders: departmental units of the USMMA, the Department of Transportation and MARAD, and outside groups such as alumni and parents’ organizations, advisory boards, Congressional Board of Visitors, and local community leaders.

    Responsible for near-term and long range strategic planning to ensure smooth daily operations and an aspirational path forward to ensure the Academy remains relevant in contributing to a trained and efficient maritime industry workforce in the future.  This includes close financial and budgetary monitoring in a manner consistent with the need to adequately support the USMMA's physical plant, curriculum needs and Federal standards.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. Citizens.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501522700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.