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									                                                                   UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON

                                                             RESEARCH VESSEL CAPTAIN
                                                         COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT WORKSHEET

Division/Department                                                      Position #                          Employee:

Research Vessel Captain
Description of Work: Positions in this banded class operate and maintain research vessels in support of a wide variety of underwater research activities
with overall responsibility for the safety and operation of the vessel and passengers. Positions are responsible for all aspects of operations and vessel
maintenance year round under potentially hazardous conditions including navigation. Duties range from crew leader or relief captain to full oversight
and direction of a crew in deploying and retrieving research equipment; determination of safe operating conditions or when to cease operations
because of hazardous working conditions; compliance with all state and federal laws on safety for operation of the vessel; oversight of the
maintenance of the navigation, electrical and mechanical systems and direction of the maintenance and repair of equipment and other gear involved in
completing objectives. Positions provide the means for scientist and academic researchers to obtain a variety of samples and conduct experiments for
their studies; provide training and instruction to researchers and students as to how to conduct research on the vessel, sampling techniques and safety
procedures. The captain works closely with administrators and scientists to plan and execute the research project.
                                                 ROLE DESCRIPTIONS BY COMPETENCY LEVEL
                 Contributing                                            Journey                                            Advanced
Positions in this banded class typically use       Positions at this level apply considerable          Positions at this level typically apply significant
working knowledge and technical skills to          knowledge and technical skills in the operation of knowledge and technical skills for complex
safely operate and maintain a variety of           more complex vessels and research projects.         vessels with advanced equipment for multi-stage
vessels of a less complex nature in support of They exercise full command of the vessel at sea         research projects. They may have oversight of
academic research. They assist in planning         and supervise the activities of the mate and other technical quality assurance and safety programs
for vessel operations, ensure all vessel and       onboard personnel during critical vessel            and establish priorities in the use of resources and
support equipment is functional and maintain maneuvers. They work closely with scientists to           funds. They ensure compliance with policies,
inventory control. They provide operations         assess the needs of the research operation to       procedures and work standards. They prepare
and safety instructions and may complete           ensure the vessel is properly prepared and          and implement budgets and identify potential cost
repairs and maintenance on the vessel as           positioned to carry out the intended research       savings.
required.                                          operation including budgeting and use of
                                                   resources.




Research Vessel Captain Competency Assessment Worksheet Rev 4-1-2008                                                                                     1
Competency                                   Contributing                       Journey                       Advanced                              Position      Employee
                                                                                                                                                    Level         Level
                                                                                                                                                    (C) (J) (A)   (C) (J) (A)
Knowledge - Professional - Ability           Working knowledge of and           Considerable knowledge        Significant knowledge and
and professional skill in all phases of      technical skills to effectively    of and technical skills for   technical skills for complex vessel
seamanship including command,                and safely operate a variety of    more complex vessels          operations with advanced
navigation and first aid. Knowledge          vessels using navigational         and projects. Specific        navigation systems and
in navigation and maneuvering of the         techniques and standard            knowledge of operation        sophisticated equipment for
vessel in a variety of waters and            navigational devices.              of vessels in support of      complex research projects. Ability
weather conditions to meet safety and        Knowledge of Inland and            diving, remotely operated     to identify needs, contracting and
USCG rules and regulations. General          International Rules of the Road,   vehicles or oceanographic     oversight of outside maintenance,
knowledge of the scientific methods          as well as knowledge of the sea,   research. Ability to          as necessary. Ability to stay
used to conduct research; knowledge of       weather and local waters           operate marine diesel         abreast of current developments in
related technology.                          sufficient to operate the vessel   engines and engage in         the industry and trends in research
                                             in both marked and unmarked        generator repair.             advancements.
                                             waters and the open ocean.


Weight:                                      Discussion/Justification including observations or measures:




Basic Knowledge – The span of knowledge minimally necessary to complete defined assignments.
Working Knowledge – The span of knowledge necessary to independently complete defined assignments to produce an effort or activity directed toward the
production or accomplishment of the research objective.
Full Knowledge – The broad scope of knowledge demonstrated on the job that is beyond journey competencies.




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Competency                               Contributing                        Journey                           Advanced                              Position      Employee
                                                                                                                                                     Level         Level
                                                                                                                                                     (C) (J) (A)   (C) (J) (A)
Planning & Organizing Work –             Ability to assist in planning for   Ability to determine long-        Ability to determine multiple and
Knowledge and ability to serve as        vessel operations and prioritize    range plans and schedules         more complex long-range plans
a resource on technical and              daily or weekly to meet             within established research       and schedules within established
program related issues for staff and     research objectives. Ability to     objectives. Ability to assess     research objectives. Ability to
others. Ability to develop plans to      set short-range deadlines.          the needs of the research         contribute input into the grant
accomplish mission operations and        Ability to provide instructions     operations and recommend          process or prepare grant proposals.
objectives. Ability to arrange and       to others. Ability to monitor       changes in procedures,            Ability to arrange and assign work
assign work to use resources             operations for safety and           workflow and manpower             for multiple research projects.
efficiently.                             efficiencies. Ability to            assignments. Ability to           Ability to participate in strategic
                                         contribute feedback/ input into     contribute feedback/ input        planning to fulfill mission goals.
                                         the grant process.                  into the grant process.

Weight:                                  Discussion/Justification including observations or measures:



Competency                               Contributing                        Journey                           Advanced                              Position      Employee
                                                                                                                                                     (C) (J) (A)   (C) (J) (A)
Communication -                          Ability to convey daily plans       Ability to communicate with       Ability to communicate with
Ability to communicate with              with research team and              external program clients, e.g.,   agencies and regulatory entities.
scientists, port authorities,            participants to ensure              scientists for multiple           Ability to conduct feasibility
administrators, vendors, outside         understanding of project and        research operations. Ability to   studies for research proposals.
agencies, and the general public.        safety guidelines. Ability to       exercise full command of          Ability to prepare annual reports
Ability to complete appropriate          collect and document                vessel at sea. Ability to         for internal and external agencies.
documentation, logs, inventory and       information for internal and        organize, tabulate, and
reports.                                 external reporting. Ability to      analyze data for internal and
                                         deliver instruction in operations   external reporting.
                                         and safety procedures when
                                         appropriate.

Weight:                                  Discussion/Justification including observations or measures:




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Competency                               Contributing                        Journey                             Advanced                        Position      Employee
                                                                                                                                                 Level         Level
                                                                                                                                                 (C) (J) (A)   (C) (J) (A)
Human Resources Management               Ability to resolve minor problems   Ability to plan for and ensure      Ability to determine training
- Knowledge and ability to               and complaints on an informal       professional training. Ability to   needs and provide training to
administer and ensure compliance         basis.                              review appropriate                  specific employees. Ability
with human resources policies and                                            certifications. Ability to          to ensure employees have
procedures. Ability to observe and                                           participate in recruitment and      tools and knowledge to
assess techniques and provide                                                selection process and/or            comply with research
feedback to staff, students, faculty                                         performance management of           protocol and regulatory
and/or other clients. Ability to                                             crew. Ability to ensure human       requirements. Ability to
provide technical supervision.                                               resources policies and related      develop training programs.
                                                                             information are shared with         Ability to determine work
                                                                             employees.                          unit design. Ability to apply
                                                                                                                 policies to execute
                                                                                                                 operations needs. Ability to
                                                                                                                 conduct performance
                                                                                                                 management. Ability to
                                                                                                                 resolve disciplinary and
                                                                                                                 grievance issues.

Weight:                                  Discussion/Justification including observations or measures:




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Competency                                 Contributing                     Journey                                  Advanced                                Position      Employee
                                                                                                                                                             Level         Level
                                                                                                                                                             (C) (J) (A)   (C) (J) (A)
Vessel Operations Management -             Ability to monitor work of       Ability to review research project       Ability to provide oversight of
Ability to plan voyages and plot           research team. Ability to        objectives. Ability to ensure            technical quality assurance and
courses. Ability to make quick             assemble, inspect and            vessel is properly prepared and          safety programs. Ability to
decisions on vessel operations in          ensure all vessel and            positioned to carry out the              coordinate and manage multiple
times of crisis such as equipment          support equipment is             intended research operation.             vessels and/or equipment,
breakdown and inclement weather.           functional, onboard and          Ability to direct and supervise the      supplies and related resources.
Complies with safety standards to          ready to use. Ability to         activities of the mate and other         Ability to monitor environmental
maintain a safe environment.               coordinate and perform           onboard personnel during critical        risks. Ability to establish
Ability to understand budget and           maintenance on the vessel        vessel maneuvers. Ability to plan        priorities in the use of resources
resource management concepts.              as required, including           and operate project within               including space, field equipment
                                           routine and emergency at         resources, including budgeting           and/or facilities. Ability to
                                           sea and shore based repairs.     and personnel. Ability to                ensure compliance with policies,
                                           Ability to maintain              recommend priorities in the use          procedures and work standards.
                                           inventory control, and           of resources including space, field      Ability to implement adjustments
                                           coordinates space, field,        equipment and/or facilities.             or changes to work standards.
                                           equipment and/or facilities.     Ability to order spare parts and         Ability to prepare and implement
                                                                            equipment.                               budgets, and identify potential
                                                                                                                     cost savings.

Weight:                                    Discussion/Justification including observations or measures:




Training & Education               Recommended Minimum Training Guideline:
                                   Minimum Education and Experience into the Band: US Coast Guard Master’s Licensure for tonnage required for
                                   operation of vessel intended for use.

                                   All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Note:                      This is a generalized representation of positions in this class and is not intended to identify essential work functions per ADA. Examples of
                                   competencies are primarily those of the majority of positions in this class and may not be applicable to all positions. Diplomas or degrees must
                                   be received from appropriately accredited institutions




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                                                                            UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON

                                                            Career-Banding Competency Assessment Form

   Employee:                                                       Supervisor:                                                         Div/Dept:

   Position #                                                      Career Band Title: Research Vessel Captain                          Working Title:
         (Forward to HR for New Hires, Grade-Band Transfer or other Competency Assessments; Attach Salary Decision Worksheet for New Hires or Salary Adjustments.)
   Competencies                            Weight         Discussion/Justification of Competency Level including observations or                           Position          Employee
                                                          measures; (Identify the Competency Level as Contributing, Journey or Advanced for             (C)   (J) (A)      (C) (J) (A)
                                                          Position and/or Employee by marking the block in the next columns)                            Double-Click box   Double-Click box
                                                                                                                                                        to Choose Level    to Choose Level
   Knowledge – Professional

   Planning and Organizing
   Work


   Communication

   Human Resources
   Management
   Vessel Operations
   Management




   Position Overall Competency (Business Need):

   Employee Overall Competency Assessment:



                                                                               Competency Review Discussion Signatures
   Supv:                                                           Employee:                                                            Date:                  Next Level Supervisor
                                                                                                                                                               Intitials:


Note: The employee’s signature does not indicate agreement with the assessment. It indicates that the instrument was discussed on the date noted.               Form Revised 4-1-2008

								
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