SUMMARY Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.
f you know the maritime industry, then you know that the Port of New and New Jersey is one of the biggest players in the game. We are the largest port on the East Coast, a critical gateway that provides millions of people with the things they need, from everyday commodities like orange juice, to the steel of the World Trade Center.
What you may not know is that the Port Authority has just launched an Operations Fellows Program, an opportunity for passionate individuals to help shape the legacy of our transportation network. As part of this program, we are looking for maritime professionals to join our Port Commerce team in their mission to enhance the operations and infrastructure of the New York-New Jersey seaports. Over the last 95 years, the Port of New York & New Jersey has been at the forefront of the maritime industry. This is your chance to join us as we prepare for the next century.
The Operations Fellows program within the Port Commerce Department is a program for individuals with an interest in building a career in maritime operations and an aspiration to manage people in the future. This program is a two-year rotational experience designed to provide individuals with exposure to a number of areas of port commerce, which may include the following:
Leasing & Property Development
Port Rail Program
Port Finance & Strategic Analysis
Sales and Industry Relations
In addition to the rotational assignments in the Port Commerce Department, individuals will be able to learn more about the overall agency through executive networking sessions and facility tours in other areas of the Port Authority. They will also be exposed to leadership development opportunities through customized training and workshops, individual coaching, and mentoring to prepare them to become future leaders who will run the Port Authority’s critical operations. Upon successful completion of the program, Operations Fellows will be considered for key positions within the Port Commerce Department.
Operations Fellows will be selected based on academic achievement, analytical and communication skills, and work experience. The selection process for the Program is highly rigorous and consists of multiple rounds of interviews, including a qualitative interview, a competency-based panel interview, and multiple assessment exercises.
Bachelor’s degree in a maritime-related field
Demonstrated interest in the maritime field through a job, an internship, or other related experience (coast guard, military, transportation, etc.)
1-2 years of relevant work experience
Interest in working in the “front line” of an operation
Clear interest in operations with a desire to become a people-leader
Clear interest in public service
Demonstrated problem solving and analysis skills
Demonstrated customer service and political acumen skills
Able to work effectively in multiple units and to interface with executive and union staff
Strong presence, excellent written and verbal communications skills