The Office of the Commandant is responsible for combining every element of a cadet’s experience with intentional leadership development in order to create graduates who are recognized as leaders in their industry. It is comprised of a Commandant of Cadets, Deputy Commandant, two Company Commandants, and an Administrative Assistant. Together, The Office ensures that the Edwards Leadership Development Program is at the forefront of each Cadet’s experience and that each cadet progresses through the program through completion.
Company Commandants are resources, mentors, and leadership coaches. They connect the academic world with what cadets are doing outside of the classroom. They are responsible for the practical leadership development within the Corps of Cadets through daily interactions, trainings/workshops, and scaffolded opportunities for cadet leadership involvement. Company Commandants work with cadet leaders within their assigned Company to ensure the requirements and routine of the Corps are met.
Company Commandants are key players in Cadet Summer Orientation, the annual Training Cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, and other outside-the-classroom educational experiences. In each, Company Commandants engage directly with cadets to ensure their success in the experience, while fostering relationships that extend well beyond.
Corps of Cadets Support
- Provide training, mentorship and direct supervision to the Corps of Cadets in support of leadership development and overall student success.
- Supervise, monitor, and evaluate the performance of Corps of Cadets Staff Officers within assigned Company.
- Train and educate Cadets in the execution of assigned duties and responsibilities associated with the Corps of Cadet to include formation muster, instruction, and inspection requirements.
- Ensure Corps of Cadets standards of conduct and uniform and grooming requirements are in compliance and enforced at all times.
- Oversight of the Cadet watch standing requirements to ensure watch standing and scheduling requirements are properly managed and executed.
- Lead a “Company Team” comprised of one professional staff member from each office in Student Affairs in collectively supporting assigned Company.
Actively participate in design and implementation of Cadet Summer Orientation.
Edwards Leadership Development Program
- Educate cadets on the theory and practice of leadership while supporting an environment for cadets to “try out” different leadership styles.
- Conduct Corps of Cadets leadership and professional development seminars/workshops.
- Provide insight and support on emerging ideas and research for life-long learning.
- Support the planning and execution of leadership development retreats.
- Participate in assessment of the program on individual and programmatic levels.
- Foster an environment of cross-campus collaboration amongst faculty, staff, and cadets for program design and delivery.
- Participate in regular conversations with external stakeholders regarding best practices for leadership development.
Training Cruise/International Experience Participation
- Participate in annual training cruise (approximately 2 months) or International Experience (30 days) as Company Commandant.
- Serve as Judicial Officer for all conduct at sea and ashore. Must maintain accurate records that can be utilized by campus Judicial Officer upon return.
- Ensure consistency among the campus, summer cruise, and international experiences regarding cadet leadership development.
- Perform relevant shipboard/international experience administrative duties.
Assist in Administering Random Drug Testing Program
- Coordinate with Third Party Administrator to administer and facilitate Random Drug Testing Program at the Academy.
- Attend any necessary training sessions to ensure compliance with DOT & US Coast Guard Regulations.
- Initiate discipline procedures when necessary and conduct follow-up counseling sessions.
Campus Involvement & Representation
- Represent Office of the Commandant on various committees & on-campus events.
- Represent Cal Maritime at various off-campus events including Community Service.
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related. AND
Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience or related experience working with the college age demographic. A master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Business Administration, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
- Knowledge of leadership education and student development.
- Experience mentoring/coaching students or young adults.
- Experience working in a team environment.
- Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multi-cultural environment.
- Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
- Ability to determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent listening skills.
- Ability to apply techniques in motivating and evaluating students or assigned personnel.
- Ability to function in a structured, uniformed environment.
- General knowledge of individual counseling techniques.
- General knowledge or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the organizational procedures and activities of the specific campus to which the position is assigned.
- Working knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned.
- Ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex student related matters.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL and ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
- Knowledge of or experience in the maritime industry.
- Knowledge of shipboard training requirements.
- Team-building workshop design and facilitation.
- Experience and knowledge of project management, classroom instruction, mentorship, and team building.
- Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Business Administration, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, or a directly related field.
Ability to function successfully in limited living and working spaces, climb ship ladders and stairs and transit narrow hallways, and to perform assigned duties maintain balance while occasionally experiencing rolling motion aboard ship; ability to lift and move moderate weights (up to 50 lbs.) in a safe manner.
Training Cruise/International Experience Requirements:
The incumbent may be required to participate in an annual 62-day training cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear (TGSB) or a 30 day international experience in support of the Academics division. The training cruise requires the incumbent to obtain a Merchant Mariners Document issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. passport. This will include a background check, physical and drug screen, proof of citizenship or the eligibility to work in the U.S., and a Social Security card. Each year the incumbent must pass a pre-cruise physical exam and drug test to participate on the training cruise.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be satisfactorily completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.
ELIGIBILITY TO WORK:
Applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or authorization to work in the United States within three days of the date of hire.