The position of Provost is located at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), a degree granting federal service academy that trains individuals to serve the national and economic security of U.S. licensed merchant mariners and commissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Provost serves under the Deputy Superintendent assisting the Superintendent in leading the Academy and it's 1,200 midshipmen, faculty, and staff.


The Provost is responsible for carrying out the education mission of the Academy and directing the day-to-day operations for the academic program, to include supervising the academic department heads and office chiefs.

Provides oversight and direction to the following departments and offices: Department of Engineering; Department of Marine Transportation; Department of Mathematics and Science; Department of Humanities; Department of Naval Science; Department of Physical Education; Department of Shipboard Training; Library; Institutional Assessment, The Academic Center of Excellence and Registrar’s Office. 

Leads 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. To include the following:

  • Ensures USMMA maintains the highest level of academic quality and standards.
  • 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.
  • Ensures that all Academy programming fosters the development of leadership qualities among midshipmen, including strength of character, integrity, and the highest sense of honor.
  • Ensures adherence to standards, policies, and procedures on the campus and for the Sea Year training program that maintain the Academy’s standards and supports efforts to combat Sexual assault and Sexual harassment.
  • Supports a proactive program to ensure effective communications regarding the mission and operations of the Academy to Congress, the public, and other stakeholders, including managing effective coordination with DOT and MARAD regarding all such communications.

Works closely with the Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent, Maritime Administration, and Department of Transportation leadership to manage ongoing efforts to address operational and programmatic weaknesses at the Academy.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.



  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).
  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually

PLEASE NOTE: Selectee will be required to live on Academy grounds in assigned housing and pay rent as the Provost.


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 experience as a senior administrator at the college or university level directing educational programs with long-range implications, taking into consideration budget, staffing and other concerns.

TQ 2: Demonstrated executive experience planning, directing, and coordinating educational programs to meet the education needs of students, to include identifying key issues and developing goals and priorities to meet changing values and academic and technological advances. 

TQ 3: Demonstrated executive experience in the development and implementation of educational technologies, to improve the education and training of students.  

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.

Other Desired Qualifications: 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. May hold a terminal degree in a field relevant to the Academy curriculum.

Please note, desired qualifications are not required for the application process, therefore applicants will not be screened out for not demonstrating the desired qualifications within their application.

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.


There are no education requirements for this position.

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 $280 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

Telework - Determined by agency policy. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a Bargaining union position.