Associate Area Director of Training & Accident Prevention (Seattle)

Under the general direction of the Associate Managing Director, PNW, 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.


  • Seek efficiency through technology-driven solutions and process refinement.
  • Analyze training requirements and liaise with management, workforce, and industry leaders to determine training needs.  Prepare and manage annual department budget.  Formulate training policies, programs and schedules.  Monitor execution.
  • Collect and analyze manpower utilization data to assist in forecasting and justifying training requirements.  Coordinate with the Area Labor Relations Department to formulate and effectively meet training and development goals within the Area.
  • Manage and train Training organization staff on ongoing program start- ups, coordination and on techniques to ensure training objectives are met.  Ensure results and certifications are completed in the Oracle database and provide guidance and follow up on area training processes and programs.
  • Manage the training and scheduling of equipment operators to insure high quality training programs produce a skilled and qualified ILWU workforce.  Work with area training staff to resolve issues pertaining to available equipment for training, assign students and instructors, track progress, administer performance tests, and enter data into training records.
  • Oversee all ILWU student and instructor payrolls to ensure accuracy and timeliness. Oversee all personnel training records to ensure all entries in the Oracle Training Database are accurate and timely. Monitor instructor and student performance.  Travel to various waterfront locations where instructors are assigned and visit member company representatives.
  • Oversee the organization and development of training manuals, reference library, testing and evaluation procedures, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials.
  • Monitor programs with ILWU instructors; manage costing and terminal/ equipment usage from employers.
  • Manage daily operations of Tacoma Training Center, building maintenance, training equipment in ports.
  • Provide guidance on local issues with Environmental, Health and Safety, Security within Ports and with Member companies.
  • Work with Union Safety Committee’s members to assist in corrective actions with employers.
  • Attend monthly and bi-monthly meetings with stakeholders.
  • Respond to Member company requests for research projects for Labor and Industries, Health and Safety, Environmental.
  • Respond to Coast Requests for Training program development, program information, review of RFPs.
  • Train instructors in effective techniques for teaching adult learners such as proper use of training aids, simulators, on the job training, performance and progress testing, and health and safety practices.
  • Maintain a currency with OSHA and other government and regulatory agencies training requirements for the maritime industry through ongoing attendance at industry related seminars related to safety, training, accident prevention, and security.


The position is responsible for the oversight of all training programs in Washington and supervises or directs activities of 3 training department employees and assigned ILWU instructors.  The Associate Director is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of instructor performance, daily assignments, payroll, and complaint resolution.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES - To perform the job successfully, the candidate must be knowledgeable and capable in the following areas:

  • Experience with training and presenting to a wide variety of people including Equipment Operators, top management, and public groups.
  • Proven expertise in reading, analyzing and interpreting technical journals, financial reports and legal documents.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions, incorporating multiple abstract and concrete variables.
  • Experience and ability to manage multiple assignments.
  • 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.
  • Thorough understanding of OSHA Longshoring Regulations: 29 CFR 1917/1918 and other regulatory mandates that require development of training programs.
  • Waterfront experience and familiarity and experience working with union labor.
  •  Knowledge of industry safety and training agreements.
  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); as well as Oracle database and reporting experience.
  • Display strong integrity and work ethic, and take ownership for meeting the goals and objectives of the department/organization.
  • Convey a professional and positive attitude with action/results orientation to problem solving.
  • Proven ability and experience in exercising good judgment and discretion in handling confidential materials and matters. Display flexibility to work effectively in a changing environment and ability to adapt to changes in work environment, work assignments, and/or changes in priorities. Sustain productivity in a fast-paced environment.
  • Model independent thinking and ability to foster collaborative brainstorming or knowledge sharing; predisposition to mentor and subsequently increase responsibilities as team develops.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with peers, staff, management, and outside business contacts. Show facility in multi-tasking to meet multiple deadlines while maintaining vigilant attention to detail and focus on producing accurate and complete information.
  • Possess strong organizational and analytical skills in meeting deadlines.
  • Display strong initiative for own technical development including learning from others about the nuances of the organization’s operational activities and industry.
  • Excellent attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Strong management skills for directing work assignments and meeting deadlines. Ability to lead, supervise, motivate, train, and evaluate staff; handle multiple demands; and prioritize workloads; establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and productive working relationships.


  • Bachelor's degree; graduate degree or advanced courses in adult education or related field and at least 10+ years of training/supervisory experience or equivalent in a corporate or business setting.
  • An Adult/Technical teaching certificate is preferred.
  • A valid WA driver’s license is required.
  • Red Cross CPR/first Aid Instructor certification are required.


  • 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.  Exposure to inclement weather may be required.
  • Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Must be able to crouch, bend and reach on a daily basis.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.