The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybridmanned 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 Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is the head of the Communications Department and is responsible to the Master for all operational, administrative and maintenance functions of the Communications Department. Incumbent will keep the Master informed of all capabilities, limitations and conditions of assigned equipment in compliance with current policies and instructions; and initiate actions to correct all equipment deficiencies. Incumbent is responsible for proper planning, managing, and executing of all Communications Department evolutions and Communications Department’s role in ship-wide functions. Incumbent will manage the Command, Control, Communications, Computer (C4) systems. Responsible for the proper operation, maintenance and repair of electronic communications equipment/systems onboard the ship. Assigned as the ship’s Communications Local Element (LE) custodian, incumbent is responsible for all centralized distribution and accounting system designed to provide appropriate safeguards for sensitive cryptographic 2 publications, messages, documents, keying material, equipment and related devices. Responsible for drafting instructions and implementing plans for contingency communications. In addition, responsible for drafting and implementing the EAP to include destruction and safeguarding of crypto, cryptographic equipment, classified documents and other sensitive material. Schedule and conduct drills frequently to ensure plans can be carried out as envisioned and maintain proficiency of personnel. Responsible for ensuring an aggressive Safety Program is established and maintained in the Communications Department in compliance with current policies and instructions. Coordinate with the Electrical Safety Officer (Chief Engineer) and establish a Tag-Out/Lock-out Program within the Communications Department and ensure compliance with applicable safety standards and procedures. Ensure BImonthly Safety Meetings are conducted for his department and submit written reports of such meeting to the Safety Officer (Chief mate and Master) for review.
Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain a valid: 1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months remaining of expiration date. 2. Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) ten (10) months remaining of expiration date. 3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration. 4. US Navy E7 or above (Cyber IT rating) with experience in shipboard Communications Center (i.e. Radio Central). Other branches of the Military/National Guard, experience working in shore base Communications/Cyber center or Operations Center (not a Combat Information Center (CIC)). Experience must be within the recent ten (10) years of announcement. OR 5. Must have three (3) years cumulative experience sailing on MSC vessels as a permanent Ships Communications Officer (SCO), Chief Radio Electronics Technician (IAT) or temporary Ships Communications Officer (SCO). Experience must have been aboard at least two (2) ship class types, i.e. AO, AKE, EPF, etc. AND 4 6. Current Computer Advance Security Practitioner (CASP) Certificate from an accredited test facility issued within the last 3 years from the date of this announcement. NOTE: When submitting an application for employment, you must provide a letter from your Facility Security Officer and or Government Security Official to document Top Secret eligibility. You must have Top Secret eligibility within the last 24 months; or current active Secret clearance, or confidential security clearance eligibility, when hired for this position.
The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is the premier provider of ocean transportation to the Department of Defense. The Command operates approximately 125 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
While we do play a critical role in support of our nation's defense, our employees are not active duty members of the military. MSC civil service mariners (CIVMARs), the largest segment of our global workforce, are federal civil service employees.
All CIVMARs are employed by the Navy to serve 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.
We recruit transitioning military, merchant marines, maritime academy graduates, and skilled entry-level candidates to fill our maritime job opportunities. The MSC mission is big. So are the rewards for the CIVMARs who help us complete it.