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Director of Compliance

Company: Lindblad Expeditions
Location: Seattle
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

WHO WE ARE
Lindblad Expeditions is the pioneer in the Expedition Travel space, from taking the first citizen explorers to Antarctica in 1966, to opening the Galapagos and Easter Island to tourism in 1967, to leading the first tourist expedition through the Northwest Passage in 1984, to launching our innovative partnership with National Geographic in 2004. Now taking nearly 25,000 guests per year to some of the world's most remote and pristine locations on our fleet of 15 ships, we do whatever it takes to ensure our guests experience the "Exhilaration of Discovery". JOB SUMMARY
As a member of the Marine Operations Department, the Director of Compliance leads the members of the compliance organization to provide excellent results and continuous fleet improvement along with supporting the VP Fleet Support, VP Nautical and Port Captain with all marine operations-related activities. Acts as Company Designated Person Ashore (DPA) and Deputy Company Security Officer (DCSO). To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Additional duties may be added or assigned at any time.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Strong leadership in directly supervising the Manager of Compliance, Fleet Training Officer, Marine Safety Coordinator, and Fleet Support Coordinator.
Ensure that the policies of the Company are understood, valued, and followed.
Support the VP Fleet Support and Port Captain with all marine operations-related activities.
Demonstrates strong leadership, communication skills, and collaboration with fleet ship captains deployed around the world while acting as Company Designated Person Ashore (DPA)
Communicate effectively with direct access to the Chief Maritime Officer and other company executives with the responsibility and authority as DPA to monitor, ensure compliance, and improve the Company's Safety Management System
Act as Deputy Company Security Officer.
Maintains and updates all Ship Security Plans.
File all necessary plans/arrangements and Post Visit Reporting for Antarctica, South Georgia, and Svalbard/Greenland activities with relevant government agencies.
Monitor all changes in Polar Regions' regulations and policies.
Liaises with IAATO and AECO and ensures that information and reports are passed between relevant persons.
Ensures that the International Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM) Code requirements are maintained.
Researches and interprets regulations and guidelines from government agencies.
Manage support of ship's doctors regarding standards of care and inventory/equipment.
Interfaces with the Chief Medical Officer concerning COVID-19 protocols, procedures, and reporting.
Manages interface with the Chief Medical Officer on purchases of medical supplies, pharmaceutical supplies, and equipment for Company vessels.
Issues Fleet Memos regarding lessons learned changes in policy or temporary revisions to SMS.
Schedules all internal and external SMS and security audits.
Ensures audit findings and fleet lessons learned are integrated into the Fleet's continuous training program
Ensures proper security training for all vessel personnel.
Leads internal SMS and Security audits.
Leads coordinated review with department heads of company emergency contingency plans.
Leads the development of Emergency Response Team drills and scenarios with the Marine Safety Coordinator.
Leads Marine Safety Coordinator in preparing accident data on a regular basis for analysis and presentation.
Creates and distributes SMS Circulars and maintains file versions.
Communicates frequently with vessels to complete investigations, Non-Conformity Corrective Actions, drills, and training.
Tracks, documents, conducts root cause analysis and ensures timely responses to audit findings, port state/flag state/class deficiencies, Non-Conformities, Accidents, Near Misses, etc.
Communicates as requested with insurance brokers regarding updates and renewals and post-incident follow-up.
Assists with the management of the drug and alcohol program.
Performs risk analysis for vessels' operations.
Coordinates and leads Fleet Issue Resolution Meetings.
Actively leads the Manager of Compliance, Fleet Training Officer, Marine Safety Coordinator, and Fleet Support Coordinator for monthly updates of fleet-wide personnel safety and process safety key performance indicators on the Fleet Score Card.
Leads the Compliance Team in digitizing and streamlining the collection and maintenance of safety, security, and training reporting and documentation.
Lead the Fleet Training Officer in implementing the Company Learning Management System (LMS) solution - Lindblad Expeditions University.
Leads the Compliance Team in streamlining and improving emergency response communications.
Capacity to build mutually beneficial relationships both internally and externally to ensure a harmonious rapport with regulatory agencies.
Persistent customer (guest experience) focus combined with a strong commitment to continuous improvement.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education/Experience
BA/BS degree in a related field required.
Previous experience in the marine industry and/or shipboard experience required; strongly prefer a former ship Master.
Must be well versed with U. S. Coast Guard, Bahamas Maritime Authority, American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, and Det Norske Veritas - Germanischer Lloyd compliance as well as ISM/SMS/ISPS/MTSA standards and systems.
Previous experience with auditing procedures preferred.
Required Skills/Abilities
Must be able to correctly interpret treaties, laws, regulations, and guidelines and determine applicability to company operations.
Must be able to address large groups.
Must be able to gather and process related information, interpret it, and paraphrase it into presentations and reports.
Very strong Project Management and leadership skills.
Frequent travel may be required.
Must be able to obtain a transportation workers identification credential (TWIC Card).
Must be able to obtain a US passport and can obtain necessary visas for overseas travel. Communication Skills
Using the English language, this person must have the ability to read, write, and comprehend policies, legal guidelines, correspondence, and memos. Must also possess the ability to effectively communicate-both in writing and orally-with a professional demeanor. Other Skills/Abilities
- Strong skills in organization, time management, handling multiple tasks, setting priorities, and meeting deadlines.
- Proficient computer skills in the Windows operating system, including both word-processing and spreadsheet applications.
- The ability to be proactive and work independently as well as with others in a team environment.
- Occasional travel may be required. PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk and hear. The employee will also be required to write and type. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. Lindblad Expeditions determines the pay for positions using local, national, and industry-specific survey data. We evaluate external equity and the cost of labor/prevailing wage index in the relative marketplace for jobs directly comparable to jobs within our company. Our posted salary range is based on national data and may be refined for a candidate's region/town/cost of living. For new hires, we strive to make competitive offers allowing the new employee room for future growth. Salaries will be based on the applicant's location, level of experience, education, and specialized knowledge and skills. An employee/candidate with a stronger skill set will receive higher pay. At Lindblad Expeditions, we simply could not do our work without the diverse kaleidoscope of humanity that creates and delivers our remarkable offerings across the planet. As a Company that respects and celebrates the inherent diversity in the places we explore, we recognize the need to mirror that same diversity and all the interconnected perspectives within our organization. We are committed to building a community of different genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, chosen identities, and countries of origin where every person brings their whole self to work and whose skills, talents, and abilities are valued. We believe we can explore further and in a more meaningful way by actively creating a more diverse and inclusive organization where everyone feels they belong. Lindblad Expeditions is an equal-opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at Lindblad Expeditions are considered without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetics, marital status, pregnancy, unemployment status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or veteran status.

Keywords: Lindblad Expeditions, Seattle , Director of Compliance, Executive , Seattle, Washington

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