Social Worker or Psychologist

Dam Neck Naval Facility, Virginia
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Full Time

  • You will administer case management services (e.g., safety planning, case management, treatment, education services) related to child abuse and spouse abuse.
  • You will initiate, develop, and facilitate group treatment programs to address the needs of families such as marital groups, and or child/adolescents' groups.
  • You will provide safety planning, case management, treatment, and education services related to child abuse and domestic abuse.
  • You will identify crisis situations (e.g., suicidal or homicide risk, danger of physical or sexual abuse to family members, increased risk of further family violence) through clinical assessment to provide crisis intervention and safety planning.
  • You will maintain liaison with personnel in related social services fields to discuss mutual programs initiatives and problems.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain a current valid United States driver`s license.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • This position may require travel from normal duty station to CONUS and OCONUS and may include remote or isolated sites. You must be able to travel on military and commercial aircraft for extended periods of time.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.


This position has a selective placement factor to screen out ineligible candidates. Candidates who do not meet this selective placement factor will not be considered. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements as outlined in SECNAVINST 1754.8\

For the GS-11:
  • Possess at least a master's degree in one of following clinical fields: A) Social Work from a school accredited by Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or an equivalent degree, OR B) Marriage and Family Therapy from a program accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education or an equivalent degree, OR C) Psychology from a doctoral program approved by APA or an equivalent degree.
  • State or U.S. territory license or certification that provides legal authority to provide clinical services as an independent practitioner.
  • When the state or U.S. territory licensing or certification requirements include a written examination, candidates for privileging, must have achieved a passing score on that examination.
  • Have engaged in 2 years, that includes at least 2,000 hours, fulltime, post-masters supervised clinical experience.
  • In addition to the Basic Requirements and selective placement factor for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Presenting sensitive and at times controversial information to groups of people in a clear, concise manner.
  • Recognizing, identifying and assessing mental disorders per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
  • Applying various approaches (such as behavior modification, client-centered, rational-emotive, family systems, brief solution-focused and/or cognitive behavioral therapies) to conduct individual and group counseling.
  • Conducting various types of interviews (such as homicidality, suicidality, and/or substance abuse) with clients to clinically respond to their needs.
  • Recognizing and defining social problems to independently provide appropriate solutions.
  • Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

    Psychology Series 0180 (
    Social Work Series 0185 (

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.


    Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:

    For Psychology Series, 0180

    Degree: major or equivalent in psychology for all specializations. Counseling psychology: For positions at grades GS-9 and above, satisfactory completion of 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology is required.

    For Social Work Series, 0185

    Degree: social work. Must fulfill all of the requirements for the master's degree in social work in a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

    Master's degree with practicum: Applicants who complete all of the requirements for a master's degree in social work that included a practicum are eligible for GS-9.
    For the GS-11, the following education can be used to qualify in lieu of specialized experience:

    Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in psychology (for 101 series) or social work (for 185 series)ORSuccessful completion of three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in psychology (for 101 series) or social work (for 185 series).

    Additional information

    This announcement uses the Certain Personnel of the DoD direct hire authority to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

    Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

    A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

    This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

    Several vacancies may be filled.

    A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

    Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: .

    Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.