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Employment Opportunity – Texas A&M University

January 11, 2022


Texas A&M University at Galveston


10120918 Commandant Staff (Eric VanVelzen)

Proposed Minimum Salary

$4,848.58 monthly

Job Location

Galveston, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Job Description Summary

The Assistant Commandant is jointly responsible for the cadet and midshipmen leadership development program, Corps conduct process, and maritime training. This position supports and assists the Commandant in all aspects of cadet life and Corps operations.  The Assistant Commandant provides mentorship and guidance to the cadet leadership and individual cadets & midshipmen through daily participation in University and Academy programs. The Assistant Commandant reports to the Commandant (Maritime Academy).


Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Experience:

Five years in leadership development program or any equivalent experience.

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree.

Preferred Experience:

Ten years sea going experience as a licensed officer on Merchant or Military vessel, or the equivalent experience.     

Required Licenses and Certifications:

Within 90 days of hire, must be able to obtain a TSA Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC). Within 90 days of hire, must apply for and obtain a US Coast Guard-issued Merchant Mariners Credential (MMC). TAMMA will fund the application processes for the successful applicant. Must possess a State of Texas Class C driver’s license.

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:

Operational level US Coast Guard-issued STCW endorsement and a national endorsement as 3rd Mate or 3rd Engineer.

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent communication skills. Ability to interact with and lead college-aged  women and men and a wide variety of individuals within  and  from outside the Academy  and  University. Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others. Ability to assist in the revision and maintenance of documented conduct rules and procedures. Must have working computer skills including   knowledge  of   word   processing   and  spreadsheet  applications.  Strong analytical and decision making skills.                             

Job Responsibilities

25% Corps Leadership Development

Assists the Commandant, Maritime Academy in coordinating with the office of Student Affairs and engages with cadets to develop leadership values, coordinate leadership initiatives and monitor  educational  and  training  requirements. Responsible for evaluating and providing recommendations on cadet classifications, promotions, and awards, which includes updating all documentation and systems as needed. Supports berthing assignments and student success initiatives, such as Hullabaloo U and Z-Opt periods.

25% Corps Conduct Program

Supports the Commandant in conjunction with the office of Student Affairs, provides leadership and supervision for (directly or indirectly) the Corps conduct program. Coordinates, develops, directs, and evaluates the effectiveness of the Corps conduct process. Holds Corps Leadership responsible for the equitable enforcement of Corps discipline. Responsible for chemical testing requirements of cadets. Acts as the liaison with chemical test providers. Oversees the chemical testing program. Ensures all necessary chemical testing requirements are met and documentation is maintained. Provides randomly conducted chemical screening throughout the school year and on the sea terms to meet the Code of Federal Regulations per the US Coast Guard in conjunction with other personnel.

25% Cadet Training and Sea Terms

Required to participate in assigned sea terms onboard the training ships operated by or assigned to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. Participates in sea term activities, including assisting the Commandant, Maritime Academy with coordinating shipboard life and shore side activities during sea terms such as: leave and liberty privileges, recreational and cultural development activities, and unit scheduling that supports the watch standing, maintenance, and class schedules. Conducts new cadet orientations, screening and leadership retreats, parents’ briefings, and other special activities as needed, which includes the admissions and orientation initiatives associated with Orientation Week (O-Week) for approximately 120 – 200 incoming freshmen & transfer cadets.

20% Operational Leadership

Assists the Commandant, Maritime Academy in providing leadership for all aspects of Corps life. Defines responsibilities for and supervises cadet leadership (directly or indirectly). Maintains a positive working environment and relationships with other units on campus. Responsible to the fiduciary oversight of budgets and operations of their area of responsibility in accordance with published processes policies, rules, and law. Serves  as a member of the TAMMA operations team. May include use of university owned vehicles or golf carts.

5%: Other Duties

Performs other duties as assigned.

Restrictions and Other

D.O.T. regulated:

USCG regulated

Machines or equipment used in the performance of essential duties:

Computer: 20 hrs., Copier 2 hr., Telephone: 5 hrs., Calculator: 1 hr.

Other Requirements or Other Factors:

Must be able to pass USCG Physical and maintain a drug-free lifestyle subject to random tests. Must be able to successfully function aboard a ship for required time, and wear a military uniform. Must have ability to respond to emergencies as directed.

Preferred Other Factors:


In accordance with the federal contractor vaccination mandate, specific facilities at The Texas A&M System may be considered a covered contractor workplace with covered contractor employees. Therefore, successful applicants for this position may be subject to the federal mandate and will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless an approved medical or religious accommodation is in place.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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