Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Director of Ship Operations to join the Ship Operations Department. This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. This is a on-site role, able to be remote up to 2 days per week.
The Director of Ship Operations is responsible for managing the organization which oversees the operation, maintenance and related activities of the Institution's research vessels. WHOI is known for the quality of its research vessel operations, which have ably served the oceanographic academic and US Navy communities for over 90 years; this position is critical to the continuation of that heritage.
Has overall management responsibility for Ship Operations shore base and research vessels, including shore based personnel, ship's crew, operations, maintenance, logistics, safety, statutory compliance, long range planning, overhauls, special projects and policy implementation.
Routinely communicates with vessels during operations for planning, support and in response to emerging events.
Prepares proposals to US Government and other sponsors for support of ship operations and for the acquisition of shipboard equipment and shipboard scientific equipment.
Develops capital and operating budgets for vessel operations and marine shore services.
Supports and interfaces with other departments within Marine Operations, including ship scheduling, mission planning, vessel clearances, shipboard scientific equipment and underwater vehicle operations through the National Deep Submergence Facility.
Maintains liaison with federal agencies to ensure up-to-date SITREPS, knowledge of and compliance with applicable laws and regulations affecting vessels and/or shore-based marine services.
Oversees audits of vessel performance and compliance by various Federal agencies and regulatory bodies.
Prepares reports to meet various requirements of US Government sponsors and agreements.
Supports the post cruise assessment process and follows up with timely corrective actions, as warranted.
Recommends, develops and implements policies pertaining to marine personnel and vessel operation.
Provides for adequate crewing of Institution vessels, in conjunction with the Institution's Human Resources department, as required by regulatory agencies and Institution policies.
Develops planning needs for ship operations and acquisition of vessel and dockside equipment and facilities.
Stays abreast of vessel-related technologies and advancements to ensure regulatory compliance and identify opportunities for improvement including efficiency and environmental impact.
Plans and oversees modifications, maintenance, repairs, and improvements to Institution vessels as necessary and establishes contacts with and directs efforts of consultants, naval architects, engineers, contractors, shipyards and vendors engaged in Institution marine projects.
Manages, oversees the management of and/or supports ancillary projects such as cybersecurity, satellite communications, telepresence, new vessel developments, one-of-a-kind Marine Operations initiatives, etc.
Represents the Institution at regulatory body hearings, insurance matters, and other meetings pertaining to Institution marine interests.
Maintains records of vessel utilization, structures, and regulatory and inspecting agency compliance.
Participates in community activities pertaining to vessel planning and operations in support of the Institution's mission.
Collaborates closely with Marine Operations Finance Manager and the Institution's Finance Department to ensure proper financial management of all aspects of Ship Operations.
Provide strong leadership for safety, protection of the environment and a collegial, harassment-free work environment.
Serve as the Designated Person Ashore for the vessel safety management system.
Proactively support internal quality improvement processes, including risk management, the Marine Advisory Committee, quarterly reviews and others.
Education & Experience
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in marine engineering or related field.
15 years' experience in roles with increasing responsibility, including time at sea on a research, merchant or military vessel as a deck or engineering officer, management ashore of vessel operations and maintenance, either as port captain or port engineer and senior vessel management ashore with supervisory and financial responsibilities.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to lead a team in a fast paced environment; strong work ethic; collegial collaborator, professional.
US Coast Guard license as a chief engineer, master or equivalent experience.
Must have or be able to obtain TWIC card.
Masters degree in business or engineering managment. Thorough working knowledge of oceanographic research vessels, marine operations and Coast Guard regulations as they apply to research vessels. Experience managing the end to end process of major vessel overhauls.
Ability to obtain a security clearance.
WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.Please visit https://careers.whoi.edu for a listing of all of our openings and apply today!