Deputy Associate Administrator for Commercial Sealift

Washington, D.C
May 20, 2023
May 27, 2023
Full Time

The Deputy Associate Administrator (DAA) advises and consults with the AA for Strategic Sealift in recommending actions and the development of policies to maximize the participation of U.S.-flag vessels in the carriage of cargo and promoting the development of the domestic coastwise (Jones Act) trade for U.S. flag vessels.

Serves as the principal liaison between MARAD and policy making officials of military and civilian agencies and private industry on cargo preference laws and Jones Act issues.

Serves as MARAD representative at conferences, meetings, symposia, and interagency briefings related to U.S. flag commercial ships, which can be of highly sensitive nature and involve matters of national security.

Provides leadership, mentoring and growth development, and oversight to subordinate staff in the Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift and the Office of Sealift Support.

Supports meeting the commercial sealift needs of military and civilian agencies by working with commercial industry in a positive, collaborative manner that leverages the maritime security, tanker, and cable repairship programs.


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.
  • SECURITY CLEARANCE: Position requires a Secret clearance to be obtained and maintained.
  • DRUG TESTING: Position requires pre-appointment and Random Drug testing.


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: Professional and technical background that demonstrates extensive knowledge of sealift operations and maritime affairs. Must include knowledge of Strategic Commercial Sealift programs.

TQ 2: Ability to communicate and negotiate with high level executives of industry, and other government agencies/organizations, including domestic and foreign government civilian and military officials and non-governmental organizations.

TQ 3: Ability to conduct special studies and complex analysis leading to program recommendations, including legislative recommendations to foster the use of U.S.-flag ships by government shipper agencies and to develop opportunities for U.S.-flag vessels in the domestic coastwise (Jones Act) trades.

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.


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.