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Director – International Seafarers’ Center (Port Newark, New Jersey)

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The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) is North America’s largest mariners’ service agency with an annual operating budget in excess of $7 million. Founded in 1834, SCI provides pastoral care services, maritime education and training, and mariner advocacy for the workers who transport billions of tons of cargo each year across the world’s oceans and along our nation’s inland waterways.

The Director, International Seafarers’ Center (ISC), manages SCI’s Port Newark facility while directing key operations within multiple sites of the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI).

Duties and Responsibilities

• Leads SCI’s Port of New York & New Jersey outreach to seafarers, including site hospitality, ship visits, local van transportation for seafarers, and related services.

• Leads SCI’s outreach, reputation, and visibility within the Port of New York & New Jersey community, building relationships with key stakeholders and strategic partners within the community.

• Leads and manages SCI’s International Seafarers’ Center (ISC) facility, staffing, related budgets, vendors, daily workflow, and risk/reputation management.

• Manages the Chaplains and Chaplain Associates (non-stipendiary) in the Port of New York & New Jersey including port relations, ship visiting, church visits, and other goals and objectives.

• Supervises the Operations staff including reception, maintenance, and drivers.

• Manages the financial services activities of the ISC, e.g., reconciliation of phone cards, Money Gram, money orders, etc.

• Liaisons with SCI’s Develop team for Port Newark outreach and development opportunities.

• Oversees SCI’s third-party IT and telephony consultants, including fixed asset acquisitions, dispositions, and repairs; manages, maintains, and records the inventory of the organization’s fixed assets (i.e., personal computers, copiers, and all system infrastructures) in collaboration with Finance. Ensure all offices and stakeholders can operate efficiently with appropriate tools.

• Works closely with the SCI Center Directors to ensure that all facilities are well maintained with updated capital forecasts and related contracts in force.

• Manages the SCI vehicle fleet, both leased and owned, by ensuring they are regularly inspected and maintained and replaced on a regular schedule.

• Respects the religious values and cross-cultural realities that drive maritime ministry exhibiting the agility and emotional intelligence that contributes to a healthy work culture.

• Represents the organization professionally in all ports and other institutions as appropriate.

• Performs other responsibilities and duties as assigned.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. As a mission-driven non-profit organization, all personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities, as needed.


This full-time position requires a unique set of skills and experiences. The ideal candidate may emerge from a variety of backgrounds and vocational paths: e.g., an Episcopal priest who has served in a corporate/resource-sized parish; a former U.S. Coast Guard officer or senior enlisted personal with a port state or safety background; a former port authority manager with experience leading a team; a former U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps officer; or someone with a strong background in logistics and team management.

This position is based at SCI’s International Seafarers’ Center in Port Newark, NJ and does not allow for remote work. SCI offers a competitive salary, generous paid leave, comprehensive insurance options and matching 403(b) retirement savings plan.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Val Soto-Waller, Director, Human Resources [email protected]

Simulator Instructor – Center for Maritime Education (Paducah, Kentucky)

The Seamen’s Church Institute’s industry-leading Center for Maritime Education is building out its CME-Paducah team and has an additional open position for Simulator Instructor at its state-of-the-art facility in Paducah, Kentucky.

This full-time on-site position will serve the educational and certification needs of the tow/tug/barge industries providing cargo-transport services to the Inland and Coastal Waterways. The position works closely with simulation experts and reports to the CME Director in Houston.

The requirements for CME Simulator Instructors are:

• Serve as core maritime education team instructor in classroom and simulator for all current and potential courses related to towboat captains, pilots, mate/steersman, and Subchapter M companies, including necessary US Coast Guard course approval.
• Promote facility utilization
• Conduct simulator assessments for new hires and promotional reasons.
• Assist with other CME programs and courses as a member of the leadership team, including occasional backup instructor coverage at SCI’s Houston CME facility.
• Strengthens SCI’s relationships with towing companies, port authorities, and regional entities.
• Achieve expertise with SCI’s K-SIM-based Kongsberg simulator.
• Travel up to 10%, attending industry seminars, workshops, tradeshows, and customer site visits.

Our ideal candidate is:

• A USCG Designated Examiner (DE), USCG Master with Towing Endorsement, and has experience on push boats and/or harbor assist boats and/or offshore towing vessels, etc.

• Experienced with the following routes: Inland-Great Lakes, Western Rivers, and/or Near Coastal/Oceans.

• A strong communicator and has experience training steersmen.

• Possess strong computer skills

A candidate will need to complete an IMO-approved Train-the-Trainer program to obtain a USCG Certification.

This position offers attractive salaries, health, and retirement benefits, including a matching 403(b) retirement program.

Interested candidates or referrals should be emailed to [email protected]. Applications accepted electronically—no phone calls or USPS mail, please.

The Center for Maritime Education is a division of The Seamen’s Church Institute—an interstate nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being, legal rights, and professional advancement of mariners and seafarers. Since the founding of its Navigational School in 1899, SCI has pioneered innovative methods and technologies in maritime education with an ardent commitment to safety, training, and advocacy. Today, CME offers industry-leading programming and services for inland river, intracoastal, and offshore region mariners and maritime companies, including simulator instruction, e-learning, and feasibility studies.

Electronic applications only. Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Staff Positions

From chaplaincy to maritime education, mariner advocacy, and non-profit administration, career opportunities at SCI are as diverse as our work. If you’re talented and committed to supporting workers who spend weeks and months at a time away from their families moving products around the world, we’d like you to join our organization.

We offer:

  • Competitive pay
  • Generous benefits including comprehensive, affordable health insurance, matching 403(b) retirement savings plan, and paid time off
  • The opportunity to work for an organization with a rich history, a vital mission, a supportive board, and innovative and collaborative team members.

Volunteer Opportunities

In Port Newark, volunteers assist seafarers and port workers at the front desk and visit ships to offer pastoral care services. Please contact the Director of SCI’s International Seafarers’ Center at [email protected] for more information.

In the inland river system and at gulf ports and other areas, clergy from many faith traditions and lay members serve as Chaplain Associates, supporting towboat crews and responding to emergencies. Visit the Ministry on the River for more information about the program.

Across the country and abroad, knitters and crocheters make beautiful caps and other cold-weather accessories that are distributed by our chaplains at Christmas to ship and towboat crews. Visit Christmas at Sea for details about the program.