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Ship Communications Officer (IAM)

Category :
Information Technology
$86,384 + Bonus
Full Time
Mid Career

Announcement # 19-202-01EXOC Title, Series, Grade, (Code):

Ship Communications Officer (IAM) WM – 9908-28 (202)

Base Salary: $86,384 Per annum A $43,192.00 recruitment incentive is authorized for eligible selectees. Actual amount is calculated as 25% of base pay. Incentive is paid as a lump sum at the beginning of employment with the Command, and requires a 2-year service agreement. CIVMAR (VEOA) candidates and Annuitants selected for employment as Ship Communications Officer (IAM) are not eligible for recruitment incentives.

Opening Date: October 1, 2018 Closing Date: Open continuously with periodic cut-offs

Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide

Who May Apply: All United States citizens and current Military Sealift Command Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) must submit a certification (i.e., statement of service) at the time of application which certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties: The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) Information Assurance Manager (IAM) 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 Ship Communications Officer (SCO) Information Assurance Manager (IAM) is the head of the Communications Department and is responsible to the Master for all operational, administrative and maintenance functions of the

Communications Department. This position is classified as Cyber IT Network Services (Master) in accordance with SECNAV Manual 5239.2 Cyberspace Information Technology and

Cybersecurity Workforce Management and Qualifications. Incumbent will manage the Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and (C4) systems.

Assigned as the ship’s Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) Local Element (LE) Manager, is responsible for all centralized distribution and accounting system designed to provide appropriate safeguards for sensitive cryptographic publications, messages, documents, keying material, equipment and related devices. The SCO IAM is responsible for receiving, destroying and maintaining accountability of all (CMS) Communications Security Material System material allocated to the command’s Local Element Account. Immediately notify the Master of any EKMS discrepancies. The SCO IAM is responsible for emergency destruction of cryptographic equipment, keying material, documents and all other sensitive material in the Emergency Action Plan (EAP).

Responsible for ensuring all cybersecurity actions promulgated by proper authority are acknowledge and completed in a timely manner. Responsible for ensuring security scans are conducted and results reported in accordance with current instructions. Responsible for maintaining all SAAR-N (System Authorization Access Request-Navy) forms for crewmembers  requiring access to  information systems. Reviews security clearances and provides training to those individuals cleared to operate IT systems, and ensure personnel remain compliant with applicable instructions and directives. Responsible for reporting all potential cybersecurity incidents.

The SCO IAM ensures data base files such as General MessageFiles (GMF), Communications Information Bulletins (CIB), and Communications Information Advisories (CIA) as outlined in NTP-4 (series) are properly maintained and updated.

Ensures personnel in the Communications and IT Department are properly supervised, trained and instructed to efficiently and accurately process Naval message traffic and operate equipment within the Communications and IT Department’s area of responsibility. Schedules training assist visits, conduct drills, exercises, and other on the job training in order to establish and maintain personnel proficiency. 

Ensures the ship maintains the communications guard while underway. Consults with the Master prior to making any arrangement to shift the guard at least 24 hours in advance of any proposed shift. Drafts and transmits a Termination Request and Guard shift message in compliance with current instructions and policies; Reports to the Master the successful completion or any difficulty encountered.

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. Schedules and conducts drills frequently to ensure plans can be carried out as envisioned  and maintain proficiency of personnel. 

Will be designated as the Command Security Manager and Top Secret Control Officer. Incumbent must be thoroughly familiar with the contents of, and ensure compliance with, 

current policies and instructions. Ensures personnel granted access to spaces containing classified material are controlled by an access list signed by the Master for

ship’s personnel or embarked staff requiring access to classified material or access to a classified network, and not on the access list. Verifies security clearances and provides information to the Master for approval. Develops and maintains appropriate procedures to ensure compliance with the access list and access to the spaces are strictly adhered to. This does not include shipboard physical  security in general or any cargo ammunition, magazines specifically. Develops and maintain a list signed by the

Master granting message releasing authority where applicable.

As part of the ship’s physical security program the Communications and IT Department assists the Master,

Command Duty Officer (CDO) and Watch Officer (as applicable) in preparing and transmitting Special Incident Reporting Messages (UNITREP, SITREP, OPREP 3). The SCO IAM

conducts regular training for the Communications and IT  Department and other officers regarding procedures and preparation of Special Incident Reporting Messages. Responsible for ensuring an aggressive safety program is established and maintained in the Communications and IT Department in compliance with current policies and instructions.

Responsible for all tests, inspections, and routine maintenance of equipment within the Communications and IT Departments area of responsibility as required by policy, instruction, directive, or competent authority. 

In coordination with the Supply Officer and Supply Department, initiates and administers Communications and IT Department supply functions, custody records, and reports

of survey.

Maintain and manage the Radio Electronics Technician (RET) watch bill, assigning RET personnel to watch sections based on their demonstrated knowledge and training, and will ensure the Communications and IT Department watch stations are manned by qualified personnel at all times. 

Responsible for the judicious and efficient use of straight time, premium pay, and overtime. Incumbent will recommend the expenditure of premium pay and overtime. Incumbent will

recommend the expenditure of premium pay and overtime on a case-by-case basis as appropriate to the circumstances, ensuring compliance with the budgetary guidelines set forth by the Master. Incumbent will submit accurate and timely premium pay and overtime records to the Purser at the end of each payroll.

Responsible for assigning a departmental berthing arrangement plan by the Chief Mate.

Develop ship specific Duty Statements for personnel under their supervision. They will include, but are not limited to, routine duties and responsibilities as well as emergency duties for the billet concerned. Ensure evaluations for Communications and IT Department personnel are submitted to the Master as required for review.

Generates written recommendations to the Master for awards or other recognition of service as appropriate for

Communications and IT Department personnel. 

Immediately upon reporting aboard, the SCO IAM will  familiarize him/her self with emergency stations and  duties.

Will be designated as the Information System  Administrator (ISA). Designated EKMS Local Element  Custodian (Tier III). May be required to operate GMDSS  equipment.

Ensures continuing application of, and  compliance with, EEO laws, regulations, and policies.  Everything in this position description is considered  essential functions of this position.

Performs all other  duties as assigned.  Minimum  Eligibility  Requirements: 

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. Documented experience managing a communications  department in a shipboard environment as military (E7 or  above) with experience as an ISM, or civilian equivalent  working in a computer environment, as Systems or Networking  supervisor.  OR 

5. Must have three (3) years cumulative experience  sailing on MSC vessels as a permanent Ship Communications  Officer (SCO), Chief Radio Electronics Technician (CRET) or  temporary Ship Communications Officer (SC). Experience as  the shipboard SCO/CRET LAN Administrator aboard at least  two (2) AKE or EPF class vessels highly recommended.  And, 

6. Current Security Plus Certificate within last 3  years of announcement from an accredited test facility.

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.



Applicants who meet the Minimum Eligibility Requirements  described above will be further evaluated. Documented  knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training, and  awards contained in the application package and resume will  be reviewed and rated to determine the degree to which  applicants possess the required knowledge, skills, and  abilities listed below that are essential to perform the  duties and responsibilities of the position for which  applicants are being considered.  
1. Detailed knowledge of shipboard communications  procedures, equipment operational capabilities and  limitations, Department’s maintenance program and  personnel training requirement(s).  
2. Ability to analyze, perform and instruct personnel in  the review of Information Assurance Vulnerability  Alert (IAVA) and Scan reports. Knowledge to determine  causes of system faults and system errors and provide  solutions for recovery of the Network.  
3. Thorough knowledge of Policy and instructions mandated  by DOD, NETWARCOM and CYBERFORCE Commands in the  operations of the onboard Network. 
4. Ability to effectively manage, organize, direct,  coordinate and lead others in meeting their goals and  the MSC mission doctorate.  
5. Thorough knowledge in managing the command EKMS  account and assets IAW current Policies and  Procedures, and managing the C4 requirements as fitted  to Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF) ships.

Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience,

etc., will also be part of the rating process.

Conditions of


  1. CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis  testing.
  2. Able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security  clearance with Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)  eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.  
  3. Able to successfully pass the physical examinations  (arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical requirements.  Participate in vaccine immunization; including a  tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also required. TB  screening is not provided at the MSC-arranged medical  examination, but can usually be obtained from your personal  7  medical provider or free at any local public health clinic.  If you have previously had a positive TB skin test (i.e. a  CONVERTER or REACTOR), another skin test is not required.  You must instead provide the medical department written  proof that you have completed treatment with medicine (i.e.  INH), or that you have started treatment with medicine, or  that such treatment is not warranted as determined by  competent medical authority.  
  5. Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training  courses, including personal survival, which requires the  ability to float in the water for a minimum of sixty (60)  seconds.  
  6. Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the  duties of this position worldwide at all times.  
  7. Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard  environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at all  times.  
  8. Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an  English language competency test.  
  9. Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds  transfer as the standard method of payroll payments. 
 10. Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and  writing the English language.


a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if  the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled  appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the  language competency test, fails the drug test, fails to  disclose employment information, fails to report to new  employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security  clearance. 

b. On a case-by-case basis, an applicant who accepts a  tentative offer of employment will be required to provide a  VA Rating Decisions and/or Office of Worker’s Compensation  Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.