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Deployed Resiliency Counselor Up to 10,000 Recruitment Incentive/ Relocation Bonus Negotiable

Norfolk, Virginia
Closing date
Nov 26, 2023

The primary purpose of the position is to provide professional short-term, solution-focused individual and group counseling for commonly occurring life situations and education on resiliency/wellness topics in a shipboard environment, throughout a ship's lifecycle (pier-side, shipyard maintenance, "work-ups" and deployments). The incumbent will also serve as a liaison to the homeport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), providing immediate sexual assault response and coordination to allegations of sexual assault.The success of this position is based on the incumbent's ability to successfully embed within the command and operate within a shipboard environment.
  • The DRC actively engages crew members in various resiliency programs in order to ensure highest level of crew readiness for complex missions at sea.
  • The DRC serves as a liaison to the homeport Family Advocacy Program (FAP) and provides safety assessment, safety planning, triage, and treatment for allegations of alleged child or domestic abuse.
  • The DRC assesses and triages clients presenting with a risk of harm to self or others, with appropriate referral to the nearest behavioral health provider.
  • The DRC provides Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) case management including: assessment, safety planning, and care coordination for active duty personnel with suicide related behavior.
  • The DRC participates in Command Resiliency Team (CRT) initiatives, aiding and providing insight into active duty wellness programs.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass all applicable records and background check to include Child Care National Agency Check and Inquiry (CNACI) background check.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen; must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.
  • Must successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of employment.
  • Due to the unique nature of the position, selectee will be required to complete a physical examination upon entry to duty and annually thereafter and be determined to be physical fit for shipboard duty at all times.
  • The incumbent will be required to deploy at sea on board US Navy ships. Deployment lengths will vary from a few days to over 10 months at a time. The incumbent will receive a deployment differential of 20% of her/his salary while deployed.
  • The work schedule while deployed will vary depending on requirements. The incumbent will be on call 24 hours a day while deployed for crisis intervention situations.
  • At sea, the incumbent shares a stateroom in officer berthing; meals are obtained by joining the Officers' Mess as a paying member, and meals are purchased by monthly billing.


Resumes must include information which demonstrates experience and knowledge, skills, and ability (KSAs) as they relate to this position. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Applicants are encouraged to be clear and specific when describing their experience level and KSAs.

The incumbent shall be Tier III qualified as outlined in Navy FFSP Credentials Review and Clinical Privileging requirements. These include:
(1) Current, valid, unrestricted state licensure or certification that provides legal authority to provide clinical services as an independent practitioner.
(2) When the state licensing or certification requirements include a written examination, candidates must have achieved a passing score on that examination.
(3) Must have engaged in 2 years (which includes at least 2000 hours) full-time, postmasters supervised clinical experience.
(4) Have two years, full-time post-license clinical experience.


**Must provide a copy of your College Transcripts (showing degree awarded/conferred) when you apply.**

Possess one of the following degrees:

Master's degree in one of the following clinical fields: Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy (the program must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), or equivalent accredited degree;


PhD in a field listed above (approved by the American Psychological Association (APA)).

Note: Your degree must be from an accredited college recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

Some positions have special requirements. Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer within the first 30 days of employment is required. We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee's eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies within 60 days of issuance of selection certificate. For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes.

Executive Order 12564 requires a Federal workplace free of illegal drugs. According to the Executive Order, all Federal employees are required to remain drug free throughout their employment. Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Command is a Drug-Free Federal Workplace. The use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated, and use of or intoxication by illegal drugs will result in penalties up to and including removal from Federal Service.

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