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Commandant of Midshipmen

Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, Maine
salary + benefits
Posted Date
May 16, 2023

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Position Type
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Employment Type
Full Time

Employee oversees the daily routine of the Regiment of Midshipmen. Incumbent ensures that regimental programs and activities are congruous with standing Standards of Training, Certification, & WatchKeeping (STCW), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Navigation& Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) and other governing documents as well as synchronized with campus-wide programs including advancement, Academics, Student Life, and Athletics. The Commandant also serves as direct representative of the President of Maine Maritime Academy during the annual training cruise. Employee has a high degree of public contact, budgetary responsibility, and teaching duties. The incumbent must reside within a 30-minute response radius to campus. This an exempt Confidential, full-time, benefited position.


  • Manages the Regimental Staff who in turn administer the daily activities of the Regiment.
  • Develops and implements long-term plans for the regimental program.
  • Maintains an up-to-date Regimental Manual.
  • Maintains regimental standards consistent with a world class Maritime Academy Regiment of Midshipmen.
  • Adjudicates infractions involving significant violations of the Regimental Manual or Honor Code.
  • Oversees professional development of company officers as college instructors and leadership mentors.
  • Manages midshipman watch program with regard to scheduling and tracking.
  • Coordinates with crew of the training ship to ensure standards of watch keeping and maintenance are maintained.
  • Develops regimental curriculum for leadership development, ethics, and philosophy.
  • Serves as a member of the Academy Council.
  • Works in conjunction with the Dean of Student Services in developing and implementing student policy.
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to ensure seamless synchronization with aspects of curriculum and delivery of academic programs.
  • Maintains periodic and routine reporting to the President of activities within his purview including but not limited to decision-making for shared governance.
  • Serves as the senior representative of the President of Maine Maritime Academy on annual training cruise.
  • In collaboration with the Master, maintains a shipboard culture of respect among all persons.
  • Serves as part of on-call staff group to respond to student emergencies after business-hours.
  • Manages Industry Advisory Group for the regimental program.
  • Ensures regimental program remains in compliance with federal directives including but not limited to MARAD, Title IX, USCG, etc.
  • Oversees the planning and hosting of the annual State Maritime Academy Leadership Conference.
  • Wears approved regimental uniform.
  • Communicates with parents and media concerning regimental activities.
  • Teaches courses related to shipboard operation and general safety regulations.

This job description reflects the general duties of the job but is not a detailed description of all duties, which may be inherent to the position. The Academy may assign reasonably related additional duties to individual employees consistent with policy and collective bargaining agreements.


  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills required; ability to interact with all levels of staff, management, trustees, parents and students.
  • Expert supervisory skills to manage both staff and students.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Professional demeanor, presentation, appearance, and work ethic.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to evolving standards of excellence for performance and competitiveness of the Academy and students.
  • Ability to maintain a spirit of continuous improvement in collaboration with senior leadership of the Academy.
  • Ability to effectively manage in an environment of accountability, oversight, and chain-of-command.
  • Sufficient computer skills to operate campus database programs such as StarRes andPowerCampus.
  • Proficiency in Windows Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work in a student-oriented training environment.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree Preferred.
  • Current or former U.S. Coast Guard License preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience leading groups or organizations larger than 30 personnel.
  • Experience in training/education of young adults.
  • Military, State Maritime Academy, or similar experience preferred.
  • Ability to obtain TWIC & MMD
  • Knowledge of shipboard operations and general safety regulations.


  • Current Drug-Free screening certificate and proof of current USCG physical (within last 12 months) or required to submit to same.
  • Criminal Background check required.
  • Tobacco-Free workplace.
  • Participates in the annual training cruise.


  • Must reside within 30 minutes of campus.
  • The physical requirements as outlined in the NVIC 04-08, as updated periodically by the U.S. Coast Guard, are herein incorporated.
  • Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • Requires lifting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, and pulling are required frequently
  • Underway periods requiring time away from the Academy for extended periods: weeks, overnight and weekends.
  • The position requires underway periods, exposure to the elements including hot and cold weather, rolling ocean, rain, salt spray, dirt, fumes, and loud noises.
  • Onshore also works extended hours, including night and weekends as required.

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