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Communications Standards Coordinator

National Marine Electronics Association | Bellingham WA 98225 USA | Full Time | Posted: 01/03/2019

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National Marine Electronics Association               International Marine Electronic Alliance

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) and International Marine Electronics Alliance are the world’s premier technical interface communication standards primarily for the maritime market. The International Marine Electronics Alliance (IMEA) is a supporting organization of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). The NMEA is a 60-year old non-profit 501(c)(6) member-driven association. IMEA is a 5-year non-profit (501(c)(3) charitable organization. NMEA’s interface standards are recognized worldwide and are implemented in a myriad of shipping vessels for the pleasure and commercial global markets. NMEA and IMEA collaborate with many Subject Matter Experts (SME) from around the world including the leading domestic and international marine electronic manufacturers and other standard body organizations such as International Standards Organization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), United States Coast Guard, (USCG), Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM), Federal Communication Commission (FCC).


NMEA Standards is owned and copyrighted by NMEA. The employer will be NMEA.


Job Title: Communication Standards Coordinator



General Job Description:

This position will maintain, revise, develop, research and interpret a variety of technical documents, including but not limited to international communication interface standards, and operating procedures for the Standards Department.   This position requires the individual to collaborate with Director of Standards and other Standard Committee Subject Matter Experts to produce clear, organized and accurate technical documentation within the established procedures. This is a newly created, full-time position reporting directly to the Director of Standards.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and update standards documentation in a standard format following established formats and guidelines (MS Access, MS Word, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Able to create, edit and manage MS Access databases
  • Able to create and edit MS Word documents
  • Coordinate collaboration website, uploading meeting minutes, and follow up on action items decided
  • Participate in Standards Go to Meetings, face-to-face meetings and inscribe and upload notes, action items to web-based filing system
  • Produce documentation that can be used both in hard copy and in electronic form
  • Capture detailed meeting minutes at technical meetings


Minor Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communicate meeting schedule to committees using established procedures
  • Revise Standard Technical Committee Standard Operating Procedures when necessary
  • Revise operational work flows when necessary
  • Other documentation and/or work as needed by the Director of Standards


Qualifications/Skill Set:

  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to self-start
  • Must be able to demonstrate to work independently and be a team player
  • Must be able to demonstrate trustworthiness
  • Must be detailed oriented
  • Must demonstrate superior proficiency within Microsoft Office applications especially with MS Access and MS Word. Must be able to create new databases and maintain current databases with MS Access.
  • Must be proficient with MS Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must have working knowledge of Adobe applications
  • Must have excellent writing skills, including editing, proof reading and page composition skills
  • Must be able communicate and interface professionally and effectively with a variety of technical persons from around the world
  • Understanding basic computer language would be a plus
  • Understanding Ethernet protocol would be a plus
  • Understanding of Controller Area Network would be a plus
  • Understanding Computer Networking would be a plus
  • Should have knowledge of and be able to work with Web coding and authoring systems, such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), JSON or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) would be a plus
  • Would be interested in learning new communication methods such as Git Lab and Latex
  • Should be able to understand and convert highly technical language into plain language for readers who use English is a second language
  • Some overnight travel and international travel may be required



  • Bellingham Washington, preferably (or Whatcom/Skagit County)
  • Must be able to provide home office capabilities
  • Computer equipment and internet line for business will be provided
  • Mobile phone for business will be provided


Compensation Range:

  • $35,000 - $50,000 depending on qualifications and experience
  • Health care will be offered
  • 401K investment will be offered


The NMEA produces international standards for serial, digital and networking interfaces for all sizes of vessels for the pleasure and commercial markets. NMEA has an outstanding reputation collaborating closely with other organizations worldwide. NMEA’s current staff has four extraordinary devoted team members. This position requires the individual to be a self-starter and to be able to work in a home office with little daily supervision. This position will require interacting and networking with the major marine electronic industry manufacturers worldwide and may have a path for greater opportunity. NMEA highly values its talented team members working closely together in a team-oriented atmosphere but where creative individuals can still flourish.


Questions? or send CV or Resume to:

Steve Spitzer, Director of Standards

425 417 8042

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Location Bellingham, WA, 98225, United States
Categories Information Technology, Engineering, R&D/Science, Writing/Editing
Sec Clearances Other

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Contact Name Steve Spitzer
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone (425) 417 8042

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