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Director of the Safety and Offshore Sruvival Institute

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Flagship Management Published: October 2, 2017
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Director of the Safety and Offshore Survival Institute (SOSI) Position Profile

MMA identified a potential initiative to support and supplement the Academy’s mission and programs with a Safety and Offshore Survival training program for mariners. Next steps are to evaluate the compiled research and move into a conceptual business model phase, including implementation of the program.

This position provides entrepreneurial leadership and management of the SOSI project from concept phase to potential project implementation and reports to the president of MMA. See attachment for SOSI project profile.

These efforts will be led by this position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  •   Project planning: utilizing existing research and planning, develop a comprehensive model for SOSI
  •   Develop business plan with potential funding options
  •   Create marketing and branding plan for SOSI
  •   Supervise project progress and implementation
  •   Manage SOSI operations

    Knowledge and Skills

  •   In-depth knowledge of industrial training programs
  •   Project management experience
  •   Demonstrated planning skills with attention to detail and follow through
  •   Ability to apply regulatory requirements, technical expertise and judgment to plan and

      accomplish goals

  •   Problem solving skills and the ability to lead and to work at multiple levels of the organization
  •   Supervision and management of operating and capital budgets
  •   Marketing and branding know how
  •   Entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude
  •   Experienced working with latest technology and social media savvy


  •   Master’s degree with five years of industrial training experience or closely related experience
  •   Demonstrated project management experience and/or education
  •   Proven project management track record

    Special Conditions

This is a startup initiative.

SOSI Project Profile

The Safety and Offshore Survival Institute (SOSI) is a central component of the Center for Professional Mariner Development initiative to broaden the offerings and capabilities of Maine Maritime Academy’s Continuing Education Department (CED). The key elements of SOSI respond to international mariner licensing standards adopted via regulation by the U.S. Coast Guard. Maine Maritime Academy is uniquely positioned, programmatically and geographically, to capture this market with the timely establishment of a safety and offshore survival training facility.

Maine Maritime Academy proposes to build a training facility known with buildings and ancillary equipment this facility will allow “one-stop shopping” for all training and recertification needs of professional mariners. This will not simply be a curricular addendum for the college, but will be an auxiliary enterprise that is mission appropriate and provides the opportunity to raise significant revenue to augment the college’s operational income needs. The vision for this enterprise includes construction of a state-of-the-art facility to include classrooms, equipment and resources necessary to conduct training for a wide variety of certifications to include:

Offshore Lifeboat CoxswainÂ
Helicopter Safety and Escape
Basic and Advanced Firefighting
Personal Safety and Responsibility
Sea Survival and First Aid
Confined Space Entry
Other Industry and Safety Training

The development of the Institute will be comprised of two or more phases. Phase I requires an initial investment for acquisition and/or retrofitting of an appropriate facility to serve as a satellite campus. This will include the acquisition of equipment, staffing, certification, as well as other resources necessary to offer a first class program to any mariner seeking STCW approved training. As soon as feasible, the Institute will enter Phase II by engaging in the process to obtain licensing from OPITO in order to fully serve the Offshore Oil Industry while expanding STCW certifications to foreign flag state authorities. Other training opportunities exist locally and regionally and will be explored in an ongoing basis with constituents such as FEMA, National Guard, USCG, Firefighters Associations, and municipal organizations. In addition, the program as is presently being proposed includes components that will better prepare our own students for the offshore technology sectors, including a new undergraduate minor.Â

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