Research & Program Evaluation Section Head NF5

Quantico, Virginia
May 08, 2021
May 14, 2021
Full Time


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Serves as Research and Program Evaluation Section Head, Behavioral Programs Branch, Marine and Family Programs Division, Headquarters Marine Corps. Ensures evaluation and research requirements within Marine Corps behavioral programs comply with Headquarters policies and guidance concerning data collection and human subjects' protection. Serves as the central point of contact regarding program research and evaluation initiatives and develops policy and guidance for Marine Corps behavioral programs including Substance Abuse, Family Advocacy, Suicide Prevention, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Combat and Operational Stress Control, and Embedded Preventive Behavioral Health Capability.

Supervises assessments, evaluations, and studies of new, existing, and proposed programs to determine effectiveness and impact and recommends changes or improvements in methods and procedures based on findings. Oversees administration of formal research projects supporting a defined research agenda and ensures compliance with all Institutional Review Board policies and procedures. Coordinates with Headquarters Program Managers and field managers to interpret research and evaluation policy as it relates to the Department of Defense (DoD) and USMC, facilitate approval and execution of local research and evaluation initiatives, and support organizational strategic plans for the use and application of research and evaluation results. Reviews extramural research activities impacting behavioral program areas for soundness of methodology and value to the Marine Corps.

Recommends administrative and fiscal policies and strategies, as well as management and administrative techniques to support behavioral programs and services, including performing special studies, program reviews, and evaluations. Supervises and oversees writing of specifications for the contracting, procurement, and fielding of projects. Determines research methodology and devises sampling plans. Evaluates cost-effectiveness of research and evaluation in order to present findings to the management team. Oversees design of data collection instruments, customer feedback systems and implementation of all research and evaluation efforts.

Prepares and presents technical papers, reports, studies, and briefings covering research findings, analyses, study outcomes, and various other research and marketing issues to management staff and senior leadership. Uses a variety of presentation techniques, graphic presentations, and models to explain results and assist program personnel and weigh various alternatives. Ensures research and evaluation deliverables clearly translate findings into information that meets the needs of the end user. Identifies funding needs, completes funding requests, and monitors the execution of research and program evaluation funds.

Communicates with sister services' research staff members and civilian professional organizations. Attends meetings and prepares reports. May travel (in CONUS and OCONUS) to complete work assignments and conduct or attend meetings.

Represents the Marine Corps, as required, at DoD, SECNAV, and Service-level forums and meetings. Maintains contact with officials in appropriate Marine Corps commands, as well as other Services, DoD, and Congressional staffs, to monitor current policies, determine Marine Corps compliance with current programs, and to identify trends which affect Marine Corps programs. Collects data from diverse sources and uses them to produce meaningful management analysis. Prepares correspondence, briefs, action documents, routing sheets, point papers and slide presentations for use by management officials and HQMC flag officers. Reviews, researches, and analyzes emerging trends in behavioral program areas and its impact on the USMC. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Directly supervises and manages HQMC Research and Program Evaluation section staff. Also provides management oversight for military personnel and adjunct staff when attached to Research and Program Evaluation.

Exercises analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and applies a thorough knowledge of strategic management principles, practices, methods and techniques to continuously analyze accuracy of planning processes and procedures to recommend improvements. Responds to audit requests for information to brief executive level personnel and on programs Marine Corps wide.

Formulates, administers, and monitors the operating and capital budget and manpower requirements for Research and Program Evaluation at HQMC. Identifies and establishes cost centers, monitors expenses and establishes proactive controls to ensure budgetary objectives are met.

Performs other duties as assigned. This is a white-collar position where occasional lifting up to 20 lbs. may be required.

Travel Required

25% or less - Varies

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • See Duties and Qualifications



Master's Degree from an accredited university or college in any of the following disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Education, Community Health, Public Health or related social science field, PhD preferred AND four years of experience in the occupation, or a related field or work area, OR an appropriate combination of education and experience that demonstrates knowledge and skills equivalent to that gained in the above, OR appropriate experience that demonstrates that the applicant has acquired the knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to that gained in the above.

Must have the skills and abilities to effectively supervise employees.

Experience that demonstrates knowledge of and strong background in statistical analysis with proficiency in statistical software; comprehensive knowledge of designing evaluation and research projects, interpreting surveys, fact finding, using investigative techniques and presenting results; skill to analyze and evaluate efficiency and effectiveness of business practices to meet goals and objectives. Skill to analyze and evaluate procedures and systems to improve operations and design surveys to determine compliance with established policies and procedures.

Establish sound management practices and maintain effective relationships with, and gain confidence and cooperation of, a variety of stakeholders. Requires both strong interpersonal communication and written communication. Ability to provide grammatical edits and conceptual feedback on research and evaluation deliverables is critical.

Comprehensive knowledge of: military behavioral programs and their effect on Marines and their families; knowledge of DoD and Marine Corps policies and activities; management principles and processes preferred; analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to assess program development and improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.


Additional information

GENERAL INFORMATION: Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, GINA, political affiliation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, marital status, physical handicap which has no bearing on the ability to perform the duties of the position. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

It is Department of Navy (DON) policy to provide a workplace free of discrimination and retaliation. The DON No Fear Act policy link is provided for your review:

As part of the employment process, Human Resources Division may obtain a Criminal Record Check and/or an Investigative Consumer Report. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI). For all positions requiring access to firearms or ammunition, the Federal Government is prohibited from employing individuals in these positions who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002. Selectees for such positions must submit a completed DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, before a final job offer can be made.

Direct Deposit of total NET pay is mandatory as a condition of employment for all appointments to positions within MCCS.

Required Documents:

*Education/certification certificate(s), if applicable.

*If prior military, DD214 Member Copy

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 Marines, sailors, and their family members have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.

Involuntarily separated members of the armed forces and eligible family members applying through the Transition Assistance Program must submit a written request/statement (may be obtained from the MCCS Human Resources Office) and present ID card with "TA" stamped in red on front of card.




How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application/resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. This vacancy will be filled by the best qualified applicant as determined by the selecting official.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents


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.

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