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The Research Vessel Expeditionary Coordinator (RVEC) serves as the ship scheduler, clearance and permitting officer, and scientific party liaison for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Ship Operations and Marine Technical Support (SOMTS) organization. This position requires congenial and effective interpersonal communication, broad understanding of and literacy in ocean science and technology, and an immense aptitude for solving multivariate puzzles involving many degrees of freedom with rapidly-evolving boundary conditions.
The RVEC is responsible for developing and maintaining the schedule of scientific programs aboard each of SIO's research vessels. As a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), SIO coordinates our ship scheduling within a framework maintained by UNOLS, and the RVEC works closely with UNOLS officers and other UNOLS institutions in the management of ship schedules at SIO and throughout the US Academic Research Fleet. Seagoing projects are primarily identified from the UNOLS database of federally-supported seagoing research projects, but also from other intra- and extra-mural sources.
Each year, the RVEC develops schedules for the SIO fleet based on known funded projects, and then maintains that schedule as projects shift and evolve according to unpredictable circumstances. The ship schedule is a vitally important part of SIO's seagoing enterprise because it is the basis upon which all crewing, logistics, fiscal and business activities rely. Problems with, or changes to, ship schedules have profound consequences for all SOMTS personnel, as well as for the scientists and sponsors who rely on SIO ships for dependable and capable service.
The RVEC is the principal point-of-contact for prospective and oncoming ship users, and serves as the primary liaison between the scientific party and SOMTS personnel throughout the planning of each project. Shipboard research involves technical, operational and logistical elements that require specific expertise, which are supported by different departments within the SOMTS organization. The RVEC facilitates the efficient and timely flow of information between oncoming scientists and SOMTS personnel to ensure that each program is planned and executed efficiently and successfully.
Many parts of the ocean are regulated by U.S. or foreign agencies, and the RVEC serves as the SOMTS expert on these issues and is responsible for obtaining and facilitating clearance or permission as required, as well as for fulfilling the terms of post-project reporting, so that SIO ship operations are always in compliance with domestic and international regulations.
This position requires constant communication with oncoming scientists from institutions in the US and worldwide, as well as with colleagues within SOMTS and elsewhere in SIO to facilitate the successful technical execution of every scientific expedition aboard SIO ships. The RVEC also communicates frequently with federal and other sponsors of seagoing programs, with agents within the U.S. State Department, and with representatives of state, federal and foreign agencies in order to execute the variety of activities required by this position.
A Bachelor's Degree in a field relevant to the administration of scientific ship operations, with five (5) years of experience in business or operations analysis; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Operational mastery of key business technologies including web content management software, teleconferencing hardware and software, and computer-based voyage planning software.
Strong ability to use Microsoft Office productivity software at an advanced level, specifically Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
Understanding of negotiation strategies and tactics to enable agreements resulting in the best possible outcome in the development of ship schedules for SIO and the Academic Research Fleet.
Ability to represent SIO/SOMTS to federal agencies and national committees in a professional manner that reinforces SIO's positive professional reputation.
Thorough knowledge of oceanographic terminology, including existing global conventions, protocols and laws. Proven knowledge of nautical terminology. Knowledge of existing maritime conventions, protocols, and laws.
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