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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Marine Transportation (Assistant Professor/Nautical Science)


JOB TITLE:  Marine Transportation (Assistant Professor/Nautical Science)

DEPARTMENT:  U.S. Department of Transportation

AGENCY:  Maritime Administration

SUB AGENCY:  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


OPEN PERIOD:  September 7, 2017 – September 26, 2017

    The Closing date has been extended until October 10, 2017

SALARY RANGE:  $66,903.00  to $105,086.00   Per Annum

SERIES & GRADE:  AD-2150-00/00

POSITION INFORMATION:  This is a Full-Time Tenure-Track appointment in the Federal Service, with an initial Term not-to-exceed 06/20/2020.  Reappointment to additional one or two year terms are possible. If tenure is achieved (after four to six years), employment will be made permanent, provided a satisfactory performance appraisal is received annually.  For additional information on requirements, please contact the Academy's Human Resources Office.

 DUTY LOCATIONS:   Three (3) Vacancies at the following location: Kings Point, NY

 WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:   Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen


The position is that of an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Transportation, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.  The Academy is a degree granting institution fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Upon graduation, the Midshipmen (male and female) are awarded Bachelor of Science degrees, licensed as Merchant Marine Officers by the U.S. Coast Guard and are commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Reserves or Active Duty Military Service.  Located on the North Shore of Long Island in Western Nassau County, it is one of the world’s foremost institutions in the field of maritime education and consists of 82 acres of waterfront land including a Museum, library and fitness/recreational facilities available to both faculty and staff.  For further information, visit our web site at

The Mission of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) is to educate and graduate licensed merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character who will serve America’s marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war.


  •  You must be a U.S. citizen and meet all the education, specialized experience, any listed Licensure/Certification and selective factor requirements for consideration.
  • Submit application and resume package by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required to be submitted by the closing date.
  • This is a Tenure-Track Faculty position.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment Background Investigation is required.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • This Job Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • This position is an Excepted Service appointment
  • Applicants selected under excepted service procedures must successfully complete a one-year trial period, if not already completed.
  • This position may be eligible for a flexible Maxi-flex Work Schedule in conformance with Agency policies and approval of the required agreement


As an Assistant Professor you will be responsible for the development and conduct of educational courses and programs within the department, in particular teaching classes in Nautical Science.  You will be responsible for academic mentoring of Midshipmen, carrying out research and scholarly activities and assuming a share of departmental and institutional service activities.



Qualification standards are used to determine which applicants would be able to perform satisfactory in the position to be filled.  The education, training, experience, or other requirements included in the qualification standards are minimum requirements. i.e., it would be unlikely that an applicant for employment would be able to perform satisfactorily in a particular position or occupational series if he or she did not possess these qualifications.

To qualify for this position, you must meet the Educational, Licensure and Specialized Experience requirements listed below.


 To qualify for a Marine Transportation (Assistant Professor/Nautical Science) position, you must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Marine Transportation or a related field.

Examples of related fields include, but are not limited to: Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Naval Architecture, Maritime Operations and Technology, Nautical Science (Safety of Life at Sea, Terrestrial and/or Celestial navigation, RADAR/Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA), Electronic Navigation, Seamanship, Maritime Communication, Firefighting (Marine),  etc.), Marine Environmental Science (Meteorology, Oceanography, etc.).


A minimum of 1 academic year of experience teaching Marine Transportation or Nautical Science at an accredited college/university.  Management experience in the shoreside marine transportation industry or sailing experience may be substituted for teaching experience.


Applicants must have a current (not expired) U.S. Coast Guard License valid for service on United States Flag Commercial Ships as a Chief Mate, Unlimited Tonnage, or higher and a valid credential issued under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978, as currently amended; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) STCW endorsed for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) operator is required.


  • Sailing experience as Master, unlimited tonnage, upon oceans or
  • USCG (US Coast Guard) license (current) as Master of Towing Vessels with sailing experience or
  • Sailing experience as Master of Articulated Tug-Barge (ATBs) units or
  • Sailing experience with Polar Navigation or ice seamanship or
  • Certification and experience as a Dynamic Positioning Officer (DPO) or
  • Liquefied Gas experience as a Liquefied Gas-Person in Charge (LG-PIC) or
  • Tankerman PIC (Person in Charge) for hazardous liquid cargo in bulk or
  • Vessel, company and/or facility security officer certification and operational experience or
  • Simulation based teaching experience at a USCG recognized simulator training facility/institution or
  • Traditional teaching experience at a USCG recognized Maritime Academy or,
  • Shore-side managerial experience related to ship operations, management and/or administration or
  • FCC GMDSS examiner license.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational, specialized experience and licensure requirements.  All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications requirements will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.  All referred veterans’ preference eligible will be given positive consideration for selection.


You must submit a complete application package (including resume, transcript, license, education/ license/degree question response and supporting documents) no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


 Note:  You must list the Job Announcement # and Job Title in the subject line of your email.

 If you are unable to send your application materials by email, they can be sent by U.S. Mail but MUST be received by the closing date of the announcement.


U.S. Department of Transportation / Maritime Administration

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Office of Human Resources

300 Steamboat Road

Kings Point, New York 11024-1699



 The following documents must be provided by the close date:

  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education
  • TRANSCRIPTS – Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series.  Unofficial copies are sufficient to apply but official copies may be required prior to appointment. Foreign degrees & transcripts must include an official translation & certification of equivalence to be considered.
  • CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, occupational series and grade level.
  • VETERANS – In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214.  Your DD-214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  A Form SF-15 is desired, but not required. .  Additional information is available at:


Benefits: Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees at

 Salary: Unless specifically entitled by law, regulations, and/or other approved authority, upon appointment you will receive the starting salary listed at the top of this announcement.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement can be reviewed at

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in disqualification and removal from consideration for this position.


                      APPLICANTS QUESTIONNAIRE

 Please answer the following questions and include your responses with your application package:

1. Are you a U.S. Citizen?

             a) Yes      b) No

 2. Are you claiming Veterans Preference Eligibility?  If yes, please note that in order to receive positive consideration (hiring preference) based on veterans preference eligibility, you must provide all the appropriate documentation as listed in the ‘Required Documents” section of this announcement with your application package.

          a) Yes      b) No

 3. Which of the following responses best describes the education you have completed to  qualify for this position?  For responses ‘a’, ’b’ and ‘c’ please also list: Degree, Major, year completed, and school.  You will also need to provide transcripts for verification of education.

 a)  I have earned a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited school in the discipline or related field for this position.

  Degree:_______________________ Major:________________Year Completed:_____ School:__________________________________

 b) I have earned a Master’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited school in the discipline or related field for this position.

  Degree:________________________ Major:________________Year Completed:______ School:____________________________

 c) I have earned a Doctorate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited school in the discipline or related field for this position.

  Degree:________________________ Major:________________Year Completed:______ School:__________________________________

d)  None of the above.

4.  Do you have a minimum of one (1) academic year of experience teaching Marine Transportation or a related field at a college/university? 

      a) Yes     b) No

5. Do you have at least one (1) year of Management experience in the shoreside marine transportation industry or commercial/military sailing experience that may be substituted for teaching experience?

        a) Yes        b) No

6. Do you have a current (not expired) U.S. Coast Guard License valid for service on United States Flag Commercial Ships as a Chief Mate, Unlimited Tonnage, or higher and a valid Certificate under the provisions of the International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as currently amended?

     a) Yes     b) No

7.  I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this application package and questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith.  I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application or its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the selection process: I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; and/or removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR, Part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated.  I understand that responding ‘No’ to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.

      a) Yes     b) No

8.  How did you first become aware of this position vacancy?

 a) From a friend, family member, or colleague who is attending or working at the USMMA.

b) From

c) From the USMMA Official Website

d) Other source (Please identify): __________________________________

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in disqualification and removal from consideration for this position.

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