Conditions of Employment

Conditions of Employment

Ship Communications Officer (IAM)

This position is not currently open.

Salary: $90,755


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 Message Files (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:

  1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
  2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
  3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

Position Specific Requirements:

  1. Current Security Plus Certificate within last 3 years of announcement from an accredited test facility.
  2. Must have one of the following
    • 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
    • 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.

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.

Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.

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