Vice President of Marine Operations
American Queen Steamboat Company
New Albany, IN
Job Purpose

Responsible for the planning, execution and supervision of the duties normally associated with vessel handling operations, ensuring efficient, safe and productive operations for the American Queen Steamboat Company fleet (American Queen, American Empress, American Duchess, American Countess). This position is also responsible for achievement of operational and financial goals and objectives. The Vice President of Marine Operations reports to the President and/or the President & CEO, as applicable, as well as has approximately 10 direct reports.

Duties & Responsibilities

Serve as division liaison with regard to regulatory issues.
Responsible for development of division compliance programs.
Function as Company Designated Person for the Safety Management System.
Responsible for the development and maintenance of the Company’s emergency response plan, including exercises and drills.
Responsible for the development and maintenance of the division’s maritime training program. This shall include the tracking of licenses and ratings and proficiencies.
Develop and maintain professional customer and port relations by identifying and meeting customer needs. This includes filing docking permits for both vessels.
Ensure that employees demonstrate customer service principles.
Ensure that Marine Crew wear proper uniforms.
Ensure that Marine Crew possesses proper safety equipment and that it is used correctly.
Assist the Corporate Safety office in implementing the Safety Award Program.
Attend quarterly USCG Inspections. Our goal is no 835’s on either vessel.
Attend each vessel on a monthly basis to ensure that the vessels are properly maintained, manned, operated and in superior physical condition.
Develop short-range business plans designed to achieve company goals and objectives.
Develop and operate within approved fiscal budget limits, ensuring targeted P&L results.
Comply with area accident prevention / safety and workers' compensation programs and procedures.
Provide regular training and ongoing feedback to staff.
Secure, evaluate and develop staff who will assure the level of performance and productivity necessary to achieve current and future objectives.
Ensure that site staff works effectively as a team with each other; ensure effective and regular communication and high employee morale.
Ensure Vice-President is kept aware of current operations status through regular communication and by issuing periodic reports. This includes Weekly Activities Summaries, Monthly Progress Reports and attendance at monthly Management Meetings in Memphis.
Develop, communicate and maintain operating and administrative procedures (consistent with division and corporate procedures, objectives and values) designed to provide required information and facilitate internal practices.
Ensure that all policies, procedures and controls are followed and that required reports are completed accurately, submitted on time to appropriate staff, customers and other designated personnel, and that appropriate staff have a full understanding of these procedures.
Support sales and marketing goals by participating in sales activities through new business development and long term customer contracts.
Ensure high levels of productivity and efficiency by assessing operational practices and procedures, and by developing and executing appropriate plans.
Supervise annual layup for both vessels. This includes developing annual layup budgets.
Supervise vessel dry-docking
Assist as needed in new vessel acquisition and refurbishments.
Interview and hire new crew as required.
Work with Human Resources to maintain crew roster and wages
Serve as the primary liaison for the company with the USCG and Army Corps of Engineers
Work with the Executive Management Team and Human Resources Dept to develop and implement an effective Internship Program.
Develop and publish Monthly and Annual Work Rotation Schedule for all Marine Operations Personal.
Work with Port Engineer on Single Point Failure Analysis.
Ensure behavior and performance supports the company’s Mission; promotes year-round success of system
Follow company values in responding to others in work situations
Meet “standards for service” behaviors
Use recovery steps to respond to others who are dissatisfied
Make hospitality standards an important part of day-to-day duties
Be a STEAM System example for others; sets example for values during times when there is conflict and stress
Trains and completes certification for STEAM system of existing and new employees within 7 days of hiring
Holds all employees and leaders equally accountable to meet technical, employee and leader standards
Promotes STEAM system: reinforces performance at or above standards and coaches performance below standard
Solicits feedback; takes action to continuously improve success of team
Perform additional duties as requested.

HS Diploma or Equivalent Required
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or Accounting Required

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed. This job description is not to be construed as an all-inclusive list of all activities, duties and/or responsibilities that are required of the employee. All duties, responsibilities, or activities may be changed, as well as additional duties assigned, at any time with or without notice.

Required Skills
Expert knowledge of USCG regulations and requirements.
Working knowledge key maritime policy issues.
Computer literacy in conjunction with administrative skills.
Ability to use independent judgment and discretion to develop and execute innovative solutions to operational problems.
Excellent career record in the marine industry.
Possess and demonstrate superior judgment, analytical ability, performance under pressure.
Be able to design and implement training, mentoring, coaching and counseling programs and sessions.
Thoroughly understand all pertinent regulations and laws under which the Company operates.
Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
Logically and independently plan, organize, and complete work assignments.
Demonstrate well-developed interpersonal skills.
Set and achieve high standards of performance.
Demonstrate initiative and be able to make progress on multiple assignments under time constraints.

Required Experience
At least 10 years of experience in similar role, with at least 5 years of experience in senior management role
Travel/tourism, hospitality and/or cruise industry experience preferred