Naval Base, Virginia
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


This position works organizationally within Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP) on the installation. The mission of the FFSP is to provide information and referral, education and training, counseling and advocacy to facilitate achieving operational readiness and personal and family self-sufficiency. The incumbent of this position is a Tier III qualified, independently licensed clinical counselor, who will provide support services to deployed forces aboard a ship while afloat/homeport.
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The incumbent will provide a variety of psycho-educational workshops on core issues such as sexual assault, suicide prevention, and various wellness and resiliency topics. Workshop offerings may include stress management, anger management, effective communication, parenting education, operational stress control, successful adaptation to military life, and child abuse or domestic abuse identification/prevention and interpersonal violence.

The incumbent provides effective, independent clinical assessments, develops and executes short-term solution focused clinical counseling treatment plans for individuals who request such services and who present with commonly occurring life circumstance issues. These counseling services may be provided to individuals and groups while deployed, and to individuals, couples, families or groups while at the homeport. The incumbent refers clients to military or civilian behavioral health providers who present with issues falling outside the authorized scope of care within Fleet and Family Support Programs; specifically individuals presenting with any psychiatric diagnosis other than those categorized as "other conditions that may be a focus of Clinical Attention or adjustment disorder". (pen and ink change 12/09/14 acb) The incumbent will provide critical incident intervention both ashore and afloat when requested, and be responsible for the assessment, triage and referral of clients presenting with a risk of harm to themselves or others and refer to the nearest behavioral health provider. The incumbent receives and assesses referrals made by military and civilian agencies and maintains case records in the Fleet and Family Support Management Information System (FFSMIS), and statistics in accordance with Navy policies and regulations, complying with FFSC clinical quality standards, Counseling and Advocacy Program Desk Guides.

This incumbent will provide safety assessment, safety planning and triage of allegations of alleged child or domestic abuse, referring allegations requiring Family Advocacy Program (FAP) involvement to the homeport Fleet and Family Support Center once immediate safety concerns have been addressed. The incumbent may also provide individual or group treatment addressing sexual assault and for open FAP cases as recommended by the homeport FAP Clinical Case Staff Meeting (CCSM).


The incumbent will serve as a liaison to the homeport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) while deployed and will receive all the training as a SARC, however, the homeport SARC shall have the responsibility for overall case management and case entry into the Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID). The incumbent will ensure that cases are transferred to the homeport SARC expeditiously and that victim confidentiality is maintained.

The incumbent's primary responsibilities for sexual assault cases will be to provide an immediate response and coordination to allegations of sexual assault which includes receiving the restricted or unrestricted report, assuring the victim is assigned a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate and receives medical care, and completing required notifications which includes notifying the homeport SARC and the victim's Command within 24 hours. In addition, the incumbent may provide sexual assault awareness and prevention training when deployed. Toward this end, the incumbent will be required to be trained in all positions within the SAPR program and be credentialed by the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Credentialing Program. The incumbent communicates directly with the ship's Commanding Officer to provide regular updates regarding SAPR implementation and assist with meeting annual SAPR training requirements. While deployed this position is also responsible for providing SAPR training as requested by Commands and training volunteer SAPR Victim Advocates as needed to further support the homeport SARC.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - To attend or participate in mandated DoD or navy conferences, trainings or meetings

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • As a position of trust and ITII position, employment is conditional on the successful completion of an Access National Agency Check (ANACI) and contain no convictions of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • Position requires a Secret Security Clearance to be obtained and maintained.
  • Must successful complete DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification, DD Form 2950, and obtain DoD Certification within 6-months of hire.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and have the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
  • selectees 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.
  • Due to worldwide travel, all required vaccinations, including the anthrax vaccination, may be required as a condition of employment per DoD requirements.
  • The incumbent must apply and maintain a US No-Fee Passport upon employment.


Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:


The incumbent will be required to deploy at sea on board US Navy ships. Deployment lengths will vary from a few days to over 6 months at a time. The incumbent will not receive compensatory time for additional hours worked but instead a deployment differential of 20% of her/his salary while deployed. The work schedule while deployed will vary depending on requirements, within a typical work week of 40 hours. The incumbent will be on call 24 hours a day while deployed for critical crisis intervention situations.

At sea, the incumbent shares a stateroom with a junior officer; meals are obtained by either joining the Officers' Mess as a paying member or by purchasing meals on the Enlisted Mess Decks.

Incumbent must possess the ability to assess situations where safety equipment such as safety shoes, hard hat, eye protection and hearing protection are required.

Local travel may be required between installations.

Occasional travel outside the region may be required in order to attend or participate in mandated DoD or Navy conferences, trainings or meetings.



Knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault, knowledge of the military, Department of Defense (DoD), and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program guidance, along with local, state, and federal laws and military regulations pertaining to victims of sexual assault is preferred.

The ability and skill to provide effective trainings and briefings.

Independent clinical skills and sound judgment necessary to provide assessment, triage and referral of clients presenting with a risk of harm to themselves or others

The ability to understand, be sensitive to, and have empathy for victims.

Incumbent must also have the ability to develop trusting helping relationships and to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The analytical ability to intervene in crisis situations, using sound professional judgment, ethical practice, and common sense.

The incumbent must have the ability to work cooperatively with military and civilian medical, social service, law enforcement, and legal personnel on behalf of victims.

The ability to perform skillful oral and written communications.

The incumbent must have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, be skilled in the use of office software applications to prepare management reports and use software to develop information; able to enter data in required management reports.

The incumbent must maintain professional boundaries and ethics to the highest extent in using extreme caution when interacting with sailors while deployed on a ship in order to assure that no harm is done to clients due to the inappropriate crossing of professional boundaries.


The incumbent will report to the Installation Fleet and Family Support Center Director but will support the Commanding Officer via the Executive Officer while deployed and at homeport. The incumbent is responsible for independently performing duties and responsibilities, and keeping the supervisor apprised of potentially controversial issues. Performance is reviewed by the Fleet and Family Service Center director for effectiveness and meeting organizational goals. Peer consultation regarding clinical matters will be sought from the Counseling and Advocacy Program Supervisor at the homeport and the incumbent will meet Navy FFSP record review and other quality assurance requirements.


The incumbent uses initiative and resourcefulness in researching trends and programs to develop criteria and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the administration and management of the deployed SAPR and Counseling and Advocacy programs in compliance with Navy and DoD policies. Guidelines consist of pertinent manuals, publications, instructions and other directives, which are used as references providing theory and policy. The incumbent adheres to all general guidelines provided in the Fleet and Family Support Program general mission and works within the framework provided by higher authority. The incumbent will be required to use sound judgment in determining a course of action where written policy may not be available.


The position requires a high degree of administrative knowledge and skill in oversight and coordination of Navy Fleet and Family Support Programs including the Navy SAPR program within the AOR. The incumbent is an expert in Navy FFSP Counseling and Advocacy programs and the SAPR program. The incumbent makes decisions regarding the execution of policies and procedures and assesses circumstances and data available. The incumbent makes decisions, interprets data, plans the work, and refines the methods and techniques to be used.


The work of the incumbent directly affects the QOL of service members and their family members, DoD civilians and contractors on the installation and when deployed. The functions of this position are essential to the Navy Family Support mission which includes the Navy's SAPR program.


Contacts are with personnel within the Navy Family Support and SAPR Programs as well as high-ranking military and civilian officials throughout the Navy and DoD. Additionally numerous contacts are made with representatives of higher echelon commands, installation commanders, Service counterparts, and with installation SAPR personnel. Also, contacts are made with all service members within tenant commands to increase awareness of the SAPR program and/or to assess the effectiveness of the SAPR program.


The contacts are for planning, implementing, administering and assisting in various aspects of the FFSP Clinical Counseling and SAPR Programs. Contacts with high-ranking officials are to influence and motivate and to coordinate various elements such as increasing sexual assault prevention efforts. Contacts are also made to present recommendations and findings to the Commanding Officers and local program managers regarding the Clinical Counseling and SAPR programs. The incumbent must be skillful in approaching the individual or group to obtain the desired effect.


Incumbent will be required to conduct business in a shipboard environment as well as a shore based office. Movement throughout shipyards, repair and construction areas are routinely required. Climbing up and down ladders and other semi-strenuous activities, normally found in shipboard environments, will be routinely encountered.


The incumbent will be required to conduct work in a shipboard environment as well as a shore based office. Work involves normal everyday safety risks and personal discomforts, which demand routine precautions. The incumbent may be exposed to high levels of noise, high and low temperature variations, and may require safety or protective equipment while in a shipboard environment, in shipyards, and repair and construction areas.

You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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.

As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility.


-- 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) Possess at least a master's degree from an accredited program in one of the following clinical fields: Social Work or an equivalent degree, Marriage and Family Therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or an equivalent degree; or doctorate in Psychology approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) or equivalent degree from an accredited program.

(4) Must have engaged in 2 years (which includes at least 2000 hours) full-time, postmasters supervised clinical experience.

(5) Have two years, full-time post-license clinical experience.

Additional information

We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee's eligibility to work in the United States.

Salary is dependent on experience and/or education.

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.

The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodations should email their request to nsapplications@ to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

This activity is a Drug-Free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Sailors, their family members, and all other customers have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All resumes will be reviewed to determine if they meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement, and will be rated based on the information provided in the resume to determine the level of knowledge, skill, and ability, related to the job requirements. Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating criterion of knowledge, skills, and abilities will be used for each resume. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

USAJobs Resume

Proof of education (transcripts/copy of degree/high school diploma), if applicable to position requirements.

If claiming Veteran's Preference, a legible copy of DD-214 (page 4) as well as any other supporting documentation (disability, proof of service, SF-15, etc). is required.

If claiming Military Spouse Preference, a copy of sponsor's orders is required for NF-03 and below or equivalent.

If claiming Department of Defense (DOD) Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Business Based Action (BBA) Priority consideration, submit a copy of the notice of separation.

If you are a current federal employee, submit your most recent Personnel Action Report (PAR) or SF-50.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.