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Director of Marine Operations

Virginia Institute Of Marine Science

Virginia Institute Of Marine Science

Product, Sales & Business Development, Operations · Full-time
Virginia, USA
USD per year
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Unit Mission Statement

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has a three-part mission to conduct research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation, and the world. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.

Position Summary

The Marine Operations Department at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is comprised of a group of dedicated professionals whose primary function is to provide safe access to the marine environment for all students, staff, faculty and the public to support needs and the VIMS strategic initiatives as they relate to our vessels, field support services, instrument fabrication, equipment repair and servicing.

Located along the glistening beaches of Gloucester, Virginia, VIMS provides research, education, and advisory services to government, citizens, students, and industry in coastal oceans and estuary science. Transforming data into policies, students into leaders, and theories into tangible change for solutions to global problems and to restore marine life. Marine Operations at the Virginia institute of Marine of Science (VIMS) invites highly-motivated applicants for the critical role as Director of Marine Operations.

The Director of Marine Operations (DMO) provides leadership, guidance, and expert recommendations for Institute-level decisions regarding marine operations, policies and procedures that ensure optimum safety, readiness, efficiency, and effective use of resources to achieve the Institute’s goals and objectives. The position manages the complex operation and activities of the Marine Operations unit.

Reporting to the Chief Operations Officer (COO), the Director of Marine Operations (DMO) is charged with oversight of all phases of the marine operations organization through the leadership of approximately 16 staff (direct reports include; the Senior Captain, Finance Manager, Port Engineer, and Marine Safety Officer). Oversight includes, strategic planning, financial and resource management (operating budget of 1.7M), safety & training programs, vessel fleet maintenance, and administration of the marine safety and diving programs.

Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Establishes the strategic direction and ensures the success of the Marine Operations unit by coordinating the development of goals and objectives that are consistent with and supportive of the mission of the Institute.
  • Ensures 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.
  • Administers an effective preventive maintenance program, maintaining a priority system for deferred maintenance work, and implementing quality assurance programs.
  • Ensures responsible management and use of Institute resources, including the development and management of all marine operations-related budgets.
  • Participates in obtaining external funding for the R/V Virginia by marketing the vessel in subject appropriate publications and funding sources.

Required Qualifications

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a technical field such as Engineering, Oceanography, Marine Science, Business, Management or closely related field and specialized expertise and / or experience directly related to the position. COMPETENCIES:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the proven ability to lead a department in achieving operational and institutional goals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface and collaborate effectively 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. Proven relationship building skills with internal and external constituencies.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritize effectively, work well under pressure, and adhere to time-sensitive deadlines.


  • Supervisory/managerial position experience in a marine/vessel operations organization. Experience should include progressively responsible management experience with both professional and operations staff.
  • Experience in the operation and/or management of vessel(s).
  • Demonstrated experience in budget development, establishing vessel rates, and fiscal management.

Preferred Qualifications


  • An Advanced degree (preferably a Master’s degree) in Marine Science, Management, or other closed related field.
  • Possession of current U.S. Coast Guard License – preferably 100 ton Near Coastal License or Greater.
  • Current Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Certificate.


  • Knowledge of AAUS Diving Regulations.
  • Familiarity with scuba diving procedures and regulations in accordance with AAUS.
  • Experience serving as a Vessel Captain and at sea.
  • Experience with Vessel Computer-based Maintenance Management Systems.
  • Experience with the marine environment throughout the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and waters adjacent to Virginia.

Advertised Pay RangeUp to $110,000 commensurate with experienceDepartment137100 Marine OperationsLocationVIMS - GloucesterIs the position remote work eligible?Not eligibleRemote Work Disclaimer

Remote work eligibility is not guaranteed and is subject to approval. Employee eligibility depends on the likelihood of the employee succeeding in a remote work arrangement and the supervisor’s ability to manage remote workers. Departments and/or Human Resources may amend, alter, change, delete, or modify eligibility.

University Salary RangeU15Job Open Date11/08/2022Review Begin DateJob Close Date11/29/2022Open Until FilledNoEmployment CategoryFull Time ProfessionalFLSAExemptPosition Term12 Month - ContinuingSpecial Application InstructionsConditions of Employment

  • This position may require additional hours beyond the typical work week to include evenings, weekends, and holiday work in order to meet the business needs.
  • This position may be required to serve as vessel operator or crew as allowed by current licenses.

EEO Statement

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

Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Benefits Summary Statement

William & Mary offers our employees a full array of benefits including retirement, health insurance with options for expanded dental and vision along with group and optional life insurance with coverage for spouse and children, flexible spending accounts, and an EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

Our employees enjoy additional university benefits such as educational assistance, professional development, wellness benefits, and a robust holiday schedule. All employees have access to fitness facilities on campus. Staff members also have access to the university libraries, and much more. To learn more, go to: https://www.wm.edu/offices/hr/currentemployees/benefits/index.php