Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA or the Academy), ranked
among the best public institutions in the nation for its unrivaled
return on investment and effectiveness in promoting social
mobility, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the
position of commandant of cadets/dean of students. The successful
candidate will be expected to take office on or about June 1, 2022,
or as soon as possible thereafter.
MMA is a fully accredited, four-year, co-educational state
university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees that are highly
regarded in the worldwide maritime industry and beyond. Located at
the mouth of the scenic Cape Cod Canal, the Academy is an hour’s
drive from the thriving urban communities of Boston and Providence
and offers easy access to the pristine beaches of Cape Cod and
One of nine campuses of the Massachusetts state university
system, MMA serves and prepares 1,700 undergraduate and graduate
students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering,
international maritime business, emergency management, and
environmental fields. MMA has long offered a successful blend of
career-focused education informed by strength in both an academic
core and the discipline of regimental life. MMA graduates enjoy a
competitive advantage in the marketplace: they are highly sought
after due to their strong leadership qualities and work ethic.
Reporting to the vice president for student services, the
commandant of cadets/dean of students oversees the daily functions
of the Regiment of Cadets; promotes student safety, well-being, and
success in a rigorous learning and living environment; and provides
the expectations, opportunities, and support for cadets to pursue
transformative experiences. This visible and highly collaborative
administrator is responsible for all units within the Office of the
Commandant of Cadets/Dean of Students, including orientation,
housing, behavioral intervention team (care and advocacy), student
conduct, student engagement and leadership development, student
government association, and watch standing.
The commandant of cadets/dean of students collaborates across
all segments of the institution to build and sustain programs,
services, and networks of support for cadets; serves as a primary
point of contact for crisis intervention with cadets; and is
critically engaged in all aspects of the cadet experience,
including daily activities and operations, conduct and discipline,
and drills, ceremonies, and physical fitness. The position manages
a $1.3 million budget, supervises eight professional staff members,
and is responsible for the selection, training, and ongoing support
and development of more than 100 student leaders.
Requirements include a master’s degree and at least five years
of relevant experience, preferably in an environment with a
demanding curriculum encompassing academic rigor, physical fitness,
and regimental life. Previous maritime academy experience or a
military service background that includes command experience is
desirable. The successful candidate will also demonstrate proven
leadership ability, a passion for working with students, a
commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an affinity for the
distinctive mission and character of the Academy.
Review of applications will continue until the position is
filled; complete applications received by February 21, 2022, will
be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover
letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions.
Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the
application process should contact Spelman Johnson by phone at
413-529-2895 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim
Norfleet, Practice Leader and Senior Consultant, at email@example.com
Visit the Massachusetts Maritime Academy website
MMA is an AA/EEO/Veteran/Disabled employer. We
strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented
communities, women, and veterans to apply.
Finalists must complete a pre-employment drug screening,
background check, and COVID-19 vaccine verification.