Sep 01, 2023

Operations Chief

$50,000 - $60,000 yearly
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Ops Chief
Full-Time Transportation

Job Description

Average Annual Salary: $104,301

This is the average annual salary not the base pay featured in the job opportunity announcement. All calculations include CIVMAR total take-home pay (including overtime, penalty, etc.).


The Operations Chief is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.

The Operations Chief is a member of the Deck Department and reports directly to the Navigator/Operations Officer. The Operations Chief assists in gathering, interpreting, and disseminating all operational information necessary to carry out the mission of the ship.

The duty of the Operations Chief is to support the Navigator/Operations Officer in coordinating and communicating externally from the ship with the task group operational commanders, customers, and MSC ashore units. Internal to the ship, the Operations Chief assists the Master and Navigator/Operations Officer with the scheduling of operational events; drafting and interpreting naval message traffic; anticipating and forecasting future tasking as well as tactical maneuvering and tactical communications.

The responsibilities of the Operations Chief are to ensure consistently successful execution of ship's schedule, mission accomplishment and proper operational reporting. The Operations Chief is required to maintain situational awareness of all near and long term operational events, always staying ahead of the pace of operations (OPTEMPO). Additionally, and when directed, the Operations Chief is responsible for initiating and communicating the ship's operational status and intentions to all appropriate commanders and customers.

The Operations Chief is knowledgeable in standard naval message drafting with emphasis on the following message formats:

OPSUM/OPREP-5 (Operations Summary) (Operations Report) OPSTAT RESREQ (Operational Status Replenishment at Sea Request) OPTASK RAS (Operational Tasking Replenishment at Sea)

CLF REPORT (Command Logistics Fleet Report) LOGREQ (Logistics Request) CASREPS (Casualty Reports) DRRS-N (Defense Readiness Reporting System-Navy) INCHOP REPORTS (When changing Operational Commanders) MRI (Mail Routing Instructions) ESQD EVENT WAIVER (Explosive Safety and Quantitative Distance) OPREP-3 (Special Incident Reporting)

The Operations Chief is capable of making clear and concise voices reports telephonically or by radio using standard naval terminology and proper etiquette. The Operations Chief is competent in written exchanges and is able to compose necessary communications via email (unclassified and classified), and "chat" rooms - in a manner that is professional, clear, concise, succinct, and factual.

During underway replenishment evolutions the Operations Chief will be called upon to serve as the bridge tactical communications watch stander. Therefore, the Operations Chief shall be capable of properly operating the following: L/L (Land Launch) NAVY RED (Secure Voice) FLT TAC (Fleet Tactical Communication) CHAT GUARD (For area of operation) Nixie Remote Degaussing Remote Radar WRN-6 GPS

The Operations Chief shall be capable of coding, decoding, and interpreting tactical signals associated with Joint, Allied, and Navy Publications.

Job requires knowledge and proficiency in navigational techniques and equipment; use and interpretation of charts; plotting positions on charts; fundamentals of ECDIS and GPS; time zone conversions; use of maneuvering boards for tactical maneuvering exercises; as well as the calculation of time/speed/distance.

Must be able to use applicable software applications.

Ensures continuing application and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies.

Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position.

Performs other duties as assigned.





Security Clearance

Requires Security Clearance

Job Requirements


Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain:

  1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
  2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
  3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

Position Specific Requirements:

  1. Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) with entry level endorsements as Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, or Stewards Department (FH) and:


Must have at least 6 years military experience (E5 or above) as an Operations Specialist (OS) or Quarter Master (QM). OR U.S. Navy Active Duty Line Officer (O-3 or above), LDO, or CWO with Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) qualifications and at least 3 years of seagoing experience. OR Sailed with MSC as an RET2 or above and possesses a minimum of 3 years Navy seagoing experience (E5 or above) as an Operations Specialist (OS) or Quarter Master (QM). OR Sailed in any rating with a minimum of 4 months documented experience in the Operations Department onboard MSC ships as Operations Assistant.


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