Aug 29, 2021

First Officer

$81,241 yearly
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Norfolk, VA
Full-Time Transportation

Job Description

The First Officer 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.
As the Deck Department Head, the First Officer is
responsible for the safe, effective and efficient
management and supervision of deck department employees.
Ensures sound fiscal management and adherence to budget
guidelines by deck department employees. Has a thorough
knowledge of the CMPI and DHAMS. Serves as the ships’
safety officer, training officer, damage control officer,
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vessel security officer, oil spill coordinator and (may
be) gas free engineer. On ships without a Master, the
OIC/Chief Mate is the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the
entire CIVMAR contingent onboard regardless the disparity
between formal pay rate designators.
As second in command of the ship, is directly accountable
to the Master for all matters pertaining to management,
operation, care, safety, and physical condition of deck
department operations and keeps the Master informed in
those areas. Keeps abreast of all ship’s business
matters and acts on behalf of the Master when he/she is
not available. Maintains a functional understanding of
ship’s mission, operations, command relationships, and
operational reports. Acts as a Command Duty officer (CDO)
in charge of the Shipboard Reaction Force (SRF) and fire
parties on ships so organized. Performs emergency duties
as assigned by the Master and reflected on the Station
Bill.
Responsible for the proper planning, loading, stowage and
discharge of cargo and maintenance of the ship in a safe
and stable condition. Prior to sailing, inspects the
ship to ascertain there are no structural defects and
that hatches, side ports, cargo gear, cargo and equipment
are secured properly. Using Ship Automated Maintenance
Management (SAMM) prepares and submits deck department
repair list. Submits a list of Voyage Repair Requests
(VRR’s) to the Chief Engineer for maintenance and repair
of deck related items that are beyond the capabilities of
ship’s force and require outside industrial assistance.
Monitors the progress of VRR’s; inspects repairs made by
shore side personnel and makes reports of inspections to
the Master and Chief Engineer.
Ensures equitable distribution of overtime; ensures
subordinates maintain proper hygiene, grooming and
uniform standards; exercises disciplinary control over
subordinates and initiates disciplinary actions IAW CMPI
750; recognizes and rewards subordinates’ workaccomplishments
and achievements using the awards
program; conducts career counseling, arranges training,
monitors personnel career progressions, and encourages
upgrading of licenses and documents; and prepares
MAP/Promotion Evaluation Reports as required. Must be
able to effectively use applicable shipboard software
applications.
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As AT/FP Officer, issues orders to and ensures training
of crewmembers to provide force protection, physical
security of government property, and security awareness
for classified documents and materials. Ensures
maintenance of a continuous gangway watch to control
personnel and material coming aboard or leaving the ship.
Acts as Qual-Cert Board member on board ships with the
program. Presides at deck department safety meetings,
presents progress reports of outstanding and new safety
items and recommendations. Maintains a safety library and
keeps personnel and department heads informed on current
safety procedures and developments. Oversees Ships Safety
Management System (SMS) administration and compliance as
Safety Officer. Makes SMS reports as required.
Towing and salvage First Officers shall be TOAR endorsed
or tow qualified and have experience in towing and
salvage. First Officers should be competent ship handlers
capable of docking, undocking and mooring without tug
assistance. They should have superior leadership skills
working with Mobile Diving and Salvage Units (MDSU),
foreign Navy, and VIP personnel. Towing and Salvage Mates
must be proficient at shipboard medical care and have
knowledge of the US Navy Tow Manual.
Ensures continuing application of and compliance with
EEO laws, regulations, and policies.
Masters and Department Heads may add to these duties to
clarify specific shipboard tasks. Everything in this
Position Description is considered to be an essential
function of this position. Performs all other duties as
assigned.

States

VA

Salary

81,241

Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

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Job 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 and/or
Department of defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with
a minimum of 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 date, with the following
endorsement(s):
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• Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or
Able Seaman - Unlimited.
• USCG License endorsed as: Chief Mate of Steam or
Motor Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon Oceans (or
higher), and Radar Observer – Unlimited.
• STCW Certificate endorsed CAPACITY as: Chief Mate,
or Master; STCW may not include limitations of
validity on vessels operating in the GMDSS system,
or aboard ARPA or radar-equipped vessels.
• A Federal Communications Commission GMDSS Radio
Operator's License/certificate.
Desired Experience:
• Nautical Institute Unlimited Dynamic Positioning
Officer (DPO) and/or Offshore Service Vessel
Dynamic Positioning Authority (OSVDPA) Class A DPO
certification with a minimum 3 years remaining
before expiration or sufficient Unlimited Dynamic
Positioning sea time for renewal.
• Recent Dynamic Positioning and towing experience
within 3 years.
• Experience with the following operations:
AHTS/OSV operations; towing operations; subsea
construction; DP diving operations; government
special missions, or cable ship operations.
• Recent High Speed Craft experience within 3
years.


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