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Certified Deputy Pilot Opening

Certified Deputy Pilot Opening

Florida Harbor Pilots Association
Pensacola, Florida, USA
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Initial Posting Date: 04/24/2020
Application Deadline: 05/26/2020
Agency:Public Utility Commission
Salary Range: $5,953 - $8,348
Position Type: Employee

Position Title:
Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots Executive Director
Job Description:

The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots is seeking an experienced maritime leader to serve as the Executive Director.

The Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots' (OBMP) mission is to promote public safety by assuring, through training, education, and examination, that only the most qualified persons are licensed to pilot ships in Oregon waterways. Board members are appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate. The Board consists of three public members, three pilot members, and three shipping industry members.

OBMP is an other-funds agency, funded through license fees paid by pilots (Columbia Bar, Columbia River, Coos Bay, and Yaquina Bay); and transit fees assessed on ships entering and departing the Columbia River, Coos Bay, and Yaquina Bay. The agency exists within the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC).


The person in this position serves as principal interface between the Board of Maritime Pilots and State licensed pilots, and among industry stakeholders including the shipping industry, environmental community, state and federal government regulatory agencies, contractors, and the public. This position implements the objectives and goals of OBMP. The position requires both operational and strategic management of the Board's business and it responds to the needs of the board.

Major duties include:

Implements the objectives and goals of the OBMP. Develops strategic plans and operational goals for the Board's Committees. Serves as the Board's central contact person for activities affecting OBMP and for matters concerning the Board's perspective on issues. Keeps the Board Chair, Vice-Chair, and Board members up-to-date on issues affecting the Board; has general oversight responsibility of the administration of the Board.
Participates/directs maritime incident investigations. Initiates investigations of maritime incidents that potentially involve pilot safety, pilot error, and/or other pilot misconduct for which a licensee issued may be disciplined. Is responsible for the preparation and presentation of investigative reports including a recommendation for pilot discipline to the Board.
Works with the Department of Justice and OBMP Administrator to coordinate, review, analyze, and make recommendations concerning rate case filings. Helps to ensure all timelines are met, proper notice, discovery, and order procedures are adhered to, and that the Board is fully apprised of issues resulting from rate cases.
Coordinates with the PUC's Chief Operating Officer if Emergency Board or other Legislative budget action is required for continued operations of OBMP.
Works with the OBMP Administrator and all stakeholders to assure that pilot training and continuing education programs are effective. These programs must thoroughly train and educate entry pilots and assure that veteran pilots receive the advanced training and review education necessary for the safe conduct of maritime commerce. The Executive Director will stay abreast of professional standards to assure that the programs are current and maximally effective. Stays updated on professional safety and related standards by attending necessary classes, professional meetings, and seminars. Tracks federal and industry publications, notices, and rulemakings (i.e., Coast Guard regulations, National Transportation Safety Board regulations, others) to assure that the programs are current and maximally effective. Establishes and ensures compliance with procedures for access to confidential or restricted information from Board records to protect the personal information of pilot licensees.
Under the direction of the Board, consults and coordinates with other state and federal agencies charged with protecting the environment and with the oil and hazardous chemical shipping industry and apprises the Board of issues related to the Board's goals, objectives, and policies.
Under the direction of the Board, consults with and coordinates with other state and federal agencies charged with aspects of maritime commerce that impact piloting practices.
Undertakes any other function, task, or duty as may reasonably be assigned by the Board Chair, including, but not limited to, performing research and analysis, and obtaining documents and other evidence for Board activities, including rate hearings. Works with the Board Chair and OBMP Administrator to establish meeting agendas, strategic direction, annual work plans and related duties. The Executive Director attends and participates, as a non-voting member, in the meetings of all committees established by the Board.
The Executive Director in collaboration with the PUC Chief Operating Officer provides the state legislature with appropriate budget recommendations and policy information and recommendations pursuant to Board direction. Duties include presenting to the public and testifying before government agencies and legislative committees. Maintains open channels of communication between the Board and legislative participants. Initiates and conducts informative meetings with Legislators and other representatives. Prepares and delivers testimony on behalf of the Board.

Some travel, occasionally including both overnight and extended travel, for purposes of attending meetings, training classes, and conferences may be necessary. May be required to board vessels at port and at anchor using established piloting embark/debark procedures. Participates in regular Board meetings including Executive Sessions.

OBMP has been regulating maritime pilots since 1846 to ensure and maintain the highest standards for pilot qualifications, training, and rates for piloting service. OBMP provides for safe, competent, and efficient maritime pilot services for Oregon by overseeing that pilots are creating safe conditions for maritime traffic; providing timely piloting services; and that pilots are skilled, knowledgeable, and professional. The Board conducts rate hearings and tariff adjustments on a regular basis to maintain fair and steady rates that withstand economic fluctuations. Offices are located in the heart of bustling Portland and conveniently located to the Lloyd Center, the MAX line, and quick access to Interstate 84 (I-84) and Interstate 5 (I-5).

OBMP employees are eligible for benefit plans that pay up to 99% of the health care premiums for coverage of employees and dependents, membership in the Public Employee Retirement System; 11 paid holidays per year; 24 hours of personal leave per year; vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 10 hours per month, and sick leave earned at a rate of 8 hours per month; and many other benefits.


A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any related degree; and five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to maritime trade or transportation.

Eight years professional-level evaluative, analytical, and planning work experience related to maritime trade or transportation, or a closely related field.
Senior-level, sea-going maritime experience.
Knowledge of maritime Pilot service industry and the associated regulations and laws.
Understanding of incident investigation concepts and standards.
Experience in outreach and relationship building with stakeholders.
Experience with West Coast river/port systems preferred.
Knowledge of vessel navigation and shipboard operations.
Knowledge of safety standards promulgated by the United States Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization applicable to vessel navigation in piloting waters.
Experience in organizational management, including program management and strategic planning.
Ability to acquire and maintain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

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