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Port Captain
Seattle Colleges in Seattle, Washington
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Date Posted 05/23/2019
Admin-Facilities Management
Salary $60,794.00 - $72,374.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type fulltime
Application Deadline 06/05/2019


The Port Captain is a full time, exempt position at the Seattle Maritime Academy that is part of the professional services union at Seattle Central College. The Port Captain assists the Director/Dean by administering the operations of the academy's vessels, facilities and associated shore equipment; supervises the Training Vessel's Captains and Engineers; is responsible for all Health, Safety, Environmental and Security (HSES) compliance for the vessels and the facilities including, but not limited to, inspections, policy & procedure writing/maintenance and reporting; and responsible to collaborate with the Port Engineer in operations and compliance issues.

Application Procedures:

  • A cover letter specifically describing how you meet the required education, experience, and abilities and any preferred qualifications for this position (a maximum of two pages is highly recommended)

  • A current resume or CV detailing education, teaching/training experience, and relevant professional experience.

  • The names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) recent professional references (indicate as "references")

  • Attach copies of USCG MMD endorsements and relevant STCW Certification

  • Answer supplemental questions

Interview Process:

  • Round 1 is a panel interview with the search committee

  • Round 2 is a tour of the facility and vessels, as well as a skills test (competency in Microsoft Office Suite and check out drive on the training vessell)

  • Round 3 is a casual meeting with the faculty and staff to assess cultural/team fit

Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement with representation by AFT-Washington and is subject to union shop provisions.



  • Responsible for safe operations of the SMA vessels and docks in collaboration with the Port Engineer and Faculty.

  • Ensure the personnel involved in vessel operations or teaching on board SMA vessels are qualified and work in accordance with SMA, SCC, City of Seattle, WISHA, OSHA, USCG, ISM, STCW, and EPA policies & procedures, guidelines, requirements, and regulations.

  • Recruit, supervise and schedule the training Vessel Crews.

  • Primary training vessel Captain.

  • This position collaborates with SCC facilities personnel to ensure SMA Facilities are taken care of, as directed by the Director/Dean.

  • Assure vessel is compliant with all local, state and federal government regulations and SMA/SCC policies

  • Makes frequent on-board vessel inspections to ensure safe and efficient vessel operations are maintained.

  • Develop, review, update, execute, manage and follow SMA operational, safety, health and environmental policies, procedures and vessel, dock and facilities operation plans to strive for an accident & spill free operations including maintaining safety records of vessels and crew

  • Represent and articulate SMA's position(s) in response to US Coast Guard, regulatory agency incentives, proposals affecting navigation, or vessel operations.

  • Ensure good public relations with local, state, and federal agencies.

  • Interface with other College personnel including public information office, instructional deans, maintenance and repair, IT, procurement, human resources and safety departments.

  • Improve job knowledge by attending workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, benchmarking practices, and participating in professional and industry groups.

  • Prompt response to operating situations and emergencies 

  • Participate in training and professional skill development of SMA students and staff.

  • Perform incident and accident investigations and manage company safety program.

  • Act as chair of the campus Safety Committee

  • Coordinate with Port Engineer, Faculty and Administrative Assistance to assist the Director/Dean in the management of SMA budgets.

  • Make purchases in accordance with state and college rules and regulations

  • Performs related duties as assigned. Budget, administrative, purchasing and any other duties required in the Absence of the Director/Dean.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.



  • Associates degree or greater and three years' experience as a Port Captain OR associates degree or greater and five years' experience in general administration, human resources, operations or training administration role in the maritime industry OR equivalent military experience and training

  • Current 100 Ton Master's License or greater - National Master 100NC or National Master 100 GL or Inland.

  • Five years' experience in vessel operations and handling on 100 ton vessels or greater.

  • Show evidence of STCW Basic (Safety) Training certification in the past 5 years.

  • Valid Radar Unlimited.

  • Valid FCC Bridge to Bridge Radio operators License.

  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC Card), and/or ability to obtain and maintain

  • Valid First Aid/CPR Certification, and/or ability to obtain and maintain

  • Valid Driver's License



  • Held a 500/1600 Tonnage Master's License or Greater (500/1600 NC or GL and Inland)

  • Current STCW Basic (Safety) Training certification

  • PSC and Fast Rescue Craft

  • Medical First Aid Provider / PIC of Medical Care

  • Shipyard Competent Person – Confined Space

  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Experience in maritime training and education

*Please mention to employers when applying for this job*
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