Marine Superintendent

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Position Summary

VIMS is seeking highly-motivated, qualified applicants for a leadership role in the Field Operations Department. Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer (COO), the Marine Superintendent will be responsible for developing, organizing, administering, and evaluating the Institute’s vessel operations and dive programs. While the COO is able to provide general guidance in administrative matters, the Marine Superintendent must possess specialized technical and operational knowledge while being responsible for every aspect of vessel operations and must routinely make substantial decisions in areas where no one else in the Institute is qualified to provide guidance. The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership and direction in vessel operations policy and procedures and for ensuring optimum safety, readiness, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources to achieve the Institute’s goals and objectives.

The Marine Superintendent will be responsible for developing, organizing, directing, and administering all phases of the field operation organization for the Institute including financial management, resource management, strategic planning, safety & training programs and vessel fleet maintenance. Overall, the Superintendent is responsible for 13 employees and an operations budget of approximately $1.7 million.

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Manages the daily operation and activities of the Field Operations organization of 14 staff with growth potential with direct reports including; the Senior Captain, Finance Manager, Port Engineer, and Marine Safety Officer.
  • Ensure that the Institute’s vessel fleet is operated at the highest possible safety standards and in accordance with appropriate U.S. Coast Guard, Loadline, and vessel State Registration regulations at all times.
  • The Marine Superintendent will provide strategic leadership in planning and implementing program services and activities for VIMS Research Fleet Operations.
  • Supporting the operation, maintenance, repair and safety of the Institute’s large and small vessel fleet as well as the VIMS Marina. The VIMS fleet includes 4 large vessels Virginia (93’), Bay Eagle (64’), Tidewater (42’), & Tyndall Pointe (37’) and over 20 small vessels and trailers.
  • Directing effective preventive maintenance, maintaining a priority system for deferred maintenance work, and implementing quality assurance programs.
  • Ensuring responsible management and use of Institute resources, including the development and management of all field operations-related budgets.
  • Fostering a culture of superior performance, customer service, accountability, and integrity.
  • The Marine Superintendent will provide leadership and assistance to Facilities Management in all matters related to capital projects and assessment of facilities.
  • The Marine Superintendent (MS) must support the Institute’s mission and vision, while challenging the Institute to improve its operating effectiveness and efficiency. The MS must identify and bring forth new ideas and opportunities and be able to encourage change in a shared governance environment. S/he must have the poise, presence, and interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with a variety of constituents and stakeholders.
  • Ensures the success of the Field Operations Department by coordinating the development of goals and objectives that are consistent with and supportive of the institutional mission of the Institute.
  • Serve as relief Captain or Mate, as necessary, to support on-going research activities for the Institute and external clients.
  • Participates in obtaining external funding for the R/V Virginia by marketing the vessel in subject appropriate publications and funding sources.

Required Qualifications


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field or a combination of education and experience directly related to the position is required.
  • 200 ton Near Coastal License or greater


  • Significant experience in the operation of oceanographic research vessels as well as small boat operation, maintenance and repair in an institutional/research setting, including a supervisory/managerial position of a marine/vessel operations organization. Experience should include progressively responsible management experience with both professional and operations staff.
  • Knowledge of ship handling, marine weather, and equipment deployment and recovery to ensure the vessel is able to safely and effectively support science research missions.
  • Broad experience serving as a Vessel Captain.
  • Knowledge of Federal (including those contained in the Federal Code of regulations and U.S. Coast Guard), State, and local regulations governing the operations of research vessels.
  • Knowledge of AAUS Diving Regulations


  • Demonstrated ability to delegate effectively, motivate and inspire employees, and foster a culture of customer services and integrity.
  • Comfortable in a highly fluid work environment; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated experience developing productive relationships and achieving favorable outcomes with client community.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritize effectively, work well under pressure, and adhere to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • The ability to articulate complex issues in lay terms.
  • Proficient computing skills that includes experience with Microsoft Office Suite software applications.
  • Excellent administrative, supervisory, interpersonal, communication, listening and presentation skills.
  • An open, collaborative, and collegial leadership style.
  • A strong work ethic and high sense of integrity; the capacity to work collaboratively with internal human resources professionals to cultivate and maintain a culture of service, performance, and integrity, consistent with the Institute’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Strong human relations skills essential to communicate effectively with many constituencies within the working environment required.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelors degree in management, marine engineering, shipyard management, or related sciences is preferred.
  • Certification in SCUBA by a nationally recognized diving safety organization.
  • 500 ton Near Coastal License or Greater
  • STDW Certification


  • Experience with research institution.
  • Familiarity with scuba diving procedures and regulations in accordance with AAUS.


  • Experience with the marine environment throughout the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and waters adjacent to Virginia.

EEO Statement

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.





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Job No: Present Position Number FP118V
Posted: 7/9/2018
Application Due: 9/7/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Commensurate with Experience