Training Supervisor - Tacoma, WA

Job Title:                   Training Supervisor
Department:              Training Department
Reports To:               Associate Area Director of Training and Accident Prevention

Location:                   Tacoma, WA
FLSA Status:             Exempt

(This is not a dockworker position.  It is not covered by the contracts negotiated between the ILWU and PMA.)

 Put your experience and talents to work in a role with a unique company - the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).  PMA is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation that serves as a multi-employer collective bargaining agent for approximately 75 shipping lines, stevedore companies and marine terminal operators at California, Oregon and Washington ports.  West Coast port operations (including non-containerized cargo such as bulk and autos) now support 8 million U.S. jobs and contribute 11 percent of the U.S. GDP.

PMA’s primary purpose is to negotiate and administer labor contracts with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union on behalf of the Association’s member companies, as well as administrating payroll and certain benefits. Our headquarters and administrative office is located in San Francisco, California, with area offices in Southern California (Long Beach and San Diego) and the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Oregon and Seattle and Tacoma, Washington) in addition to Northern California (Oakland).

Under the general direction of the Associate Area Director of Training and Accident Prevention, the position is responsible for the effective development, coordination, implementation and presentation of training programs for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) by performing the following duties personally or through other instructors.


  • Train equipment operators to insure high quality training, assign students and instructors, track progress, administer performance tests, and enter data into training records.
  • Coordinate skill training on a daily basis by identifying available equipment for training, assigning students and instructors, tracking progress, administering performance tests, and entering data into training records.
  • Collect and analyze manpower utilization data to assist in forecasting and justifying training requirements.  Assist in managing program training budget, expenses and payrolls for assigned ILWU instructors and students.
  • Assist in monitoring instructor and student performance, travel to various waterfront locations for classroom presentations and visit member company representatives.
  • Lead role in the development of course content for General Safety Training and OSHA requirements for skilled equipment training and teaching classes of longshore students.
  • Participate in the organization and development of training manuals, reference library, testing and evaluation procedures, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials.
  • Assist in training assigned instructors in effective techniques for training in the following areas: proper use of training aids, simulators, off-the-job training, performance and progress tests and health and safety practices.
  • Assist in maintaining records and preparation of statistical reports to evaluate performance of instructors and monitor progress of trainees.
  • Attend meetings and seminars to obtain information useful to technical training staff and to inform management of technical training programs and goals.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of technical training programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform the job successfully, the candidate must be knowledgeable and capable in the following areas:

  • Experienced in training and presenting to a wide variety of people including Equipment Operators, top management, public groups and PMA members.
  • Understanding of OSHA Longshoring Regulations: 29 CFR 1917/1918 and other regulatory mandates that require development of training programs.
  • Waterfront familiarity and experience working with union labor is desirable.
  • Knowledge of industry safety and training agreements.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments, prioritize workloads and establish and maintain positive, cooperative and productive working relationships.
  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); Oracle experience desirable.
  • Possess excellent communication, written, oral, interpersonal and teamwork skills, communicate constructively and confidently, listen openly, and collaborate well with staff and others in different groups.
  • Convey a professional and positive attitude with action/results orientation to problem solving.
  • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.


·   Bachelor's degree required.

·   2-5+ years of training experience or equivalent in a corporate or business setting.

·   A valid driver’s license required.

·   Red Cross CPR/first Aid Instructor certification required.

·   An Adult/Technical teaching certificate is preferred.


·   Must be able to work and sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.

·   Will be required to drive to various waterfront locations, walk around marine terminals, climb aboard ships and various cargo handling equipment, transport training material and travel to other locations.

·   Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs.

·   Must be able to crouch, bend and reach on a daily basis.

·   Exposure to inclement weather may be required.

 Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


The work is performed both inside and outside at PMA training sites, various marine terminal locations, in temporary offices and classrooms.

 Position is based in Tacoma. Work assignments may require travel to other Northern California sites or travel to regional offices.

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