This position serves as the Academy’s chief executive officer and provides executive leadership to ensure effective operations, including overseeing all facets of midshipman education and academic programming through the Deputy Superintendent, Dean/Provost, Department Heads, and other Academy leaders. The Superintendent occupies a general position in the Senior Executive Service. Pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 51301, the Superintendent has immediate command of the USMMA.


The Superintendent is responsible, with the Dean/Provost, for all facets of the academic development and technical training of midshipmen, and for maintaining an educational program that motivates and prepares students to serve as exemplary leaders in the merchant marine and/or U.S. Armed Forces. Ensures USMMA maintains the highest level of academic quality and standards set by its accrediting bodies. Prioritizes the scholastic mission of the USMMA and fosters an environment that promotes academic success and a commitment to scholarship, learning, and discovery.

Promotes and maintains an esprit de corps among midshipmen through the Commandant. Ensures that all Academy programming fosters the development of leadership qualities among midshipmen, including strength of character, integrity, and the highest sense of honor. Deals fairly and consistently with all students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders and fosters trust by acting transparently and in full accordance with the Academy’s standards of integrity and honor.

Sets the strategic direction for the Sea Year training program to ensure that sea time placements required to qualify midshipmen to take the Coast Guard licensing exam prioritize midshipman safety and well-being.

Works to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Academy and leads efforts to combat sexual assault and sexual harassment (SASH) both on campus and during the Sea Year training program.

Requires effective management of the Academy’s physical plant, including compliance with the professional standards of project management and all Federal laws, rules, and procedures pertaining to acquisition and contracting actions. Works effectively to prioritize capital investments.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your five (5) page resume evidence of progressively responsible supervisory, managerial, or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity.  Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualification(s) and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are the descriptions of the mandatory technical qualifications for this position. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet these technical qualifications. 

TQ 1: Demonstrated executive level experience leading a multi-faceted educational organization or institution, e.g. a college or university, military command or academy, and/or industry corporation, ideally with a maritime focus, which included planning, developing, and implementing complex operational and administrative programs.

TQ 2: Incumbent should have demonstrated executive level experience in a complex, multi-layered business environment, and ideally should have extensive experience with Federal government processes. Incumbent must demonstrate understanding of Federal law, internal control, and organizational management processes.

Additional Desired Qualifications
Incumbent may have experience in a military sea service at any rank, have attained a Coast Guard merchant mariner license, and/or have led an educational organization or served as a senior leader in the Armed Forces or merchant marine.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Below are descriptions of the mandatory ECQs that are required for all SES positions. Your  five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website.

You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.

Additional information

Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - Determined by agency policy. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement - The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal employees pursuant to Executive Order 14043 does not currently apply. Some jobs, however, may be subject to agency- or job-specific vaccination requirements, so please review the job announcement for details. 

Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.


  • This is not a Bargaining union position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

A Senior Executive Service (SES) reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo multiple interviews.  The best qualified applicant will be asked to submit a written 10-page narrative statement addressing each of the ECQ areas (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions). If selected, your written narrative statement addressing the ECQs must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

Required Documents

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:

  • RESUME - You must submit a resume which should not exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrate you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs. Include name on each page. No photos allowed.
  • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your eligibility status.  We recommend submitting your current SF-50 or most recent SF-50.  DO NOT submit an award SF-50 as these often do not verify eligibility. Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status.
  • CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. Your five (5) page resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.  Your resume must not exceed 5 pages; all other pages WILL NOT be considered.

Application packages must be received online no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

If submitting a cover letter, it can only be one page in length; all other pages WILL NOT be considered.

To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.

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  • Upload your five (5) page resume and supporting documents.

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