Suicide Prevention Program Specialist NF4

Quantico, Virginia
May 08, 2021
May 16, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time


Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is looking for the best and brightest to join our Team! MCCS is a comprehensive program that supports and enhances the quality of life for Marines, their families, and others in the Marine Corps Community. We offer a team oriented environment comprised of military personnel, civilian employees, contractors and volunteers who keep the organization functioning smoothly and effectively.
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Serves as the Suicide Prevention Program Specialist (SPPS) in Marine and Family Programs Division, Behavioral Health Branch Suicide Prevention Program.

Under the supervision of the Suicide Prevention Section Head (SPSH, the SPPS advises and supports USMC worldwide suicide prevention efforts. Advise USMC leadership as a subject matter expert on suicide prevention programs, policies, and procedures. Supports the DoD-wide comprehensive strategic approach, analyzes and develops proposals or provisions that influence program resource requirements. Works directly with other MF sections to ensure suicide prevention, wellness, and resiliency concepts are incorporated across the enterprise. Collaborate with other MF sections to ensure suicide prevention standardized training strategies and content are relevant and accurate. Works directly with SPSH to incorporate program, resource, and research data into the Suicide Prevention Strategic mission and goals.

Reviews USMC program goals to ensure requirements meet the strategic intent of the Suicide Prevention Program and recommends changes as needed. Provides program plans and interprets policy to USMC leadership and other supporting committees as required. Works with cross functional teams to assist in performing multi-year planning and analysis for the MF Suicide Prevention Program that addresses stressors unique to the military life style, suicidal behaviors, anxiety, depression, and other common behavioral health concerns while maintaining awareness of activities and initiatives in Family Advocacy, Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response, the Embedded Preventive Behavioral Health Capability (EPBHC) and Substance Abuse Programs as well as other MF Division Programs such as Marine Corps Family Team Building, Child and Youth Program, Exceptional Family Member Program, and Personal/Professional Development.

Identifies new developments or issues that require innovative actions or outreach, and determines necessary steps to meet new goals including special projects and working groups.

Reviews proposed policies and analyzes initiatives, ascertaining accuracy, resource implications and conformance to Department of Defense (DoD), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) goals, objectives, and decisions. Interprets various requirements within policy, planning and programming guidance received from Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) and prepares guidance regarding programs for the section.

Collaborates with national organizations, DoD, sister services, working groups, Behavioral Health sections, and the DoD Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC) to share best practices and coordinate USMC suicide prevention initiatives. Maintains currency on suicide prevention research and promotes relevant research across all Behavioral Health programs.

May represent the Marine Corps as required to internal and external stakeholders including the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), SECNAV, and other services to monitor new policies, determine Marine Corps compliance with new policies and programs, and to identify trends affecting programs. Collects and consolidates data from diverse sources to produce meaningful management analysis and reports.

Is proficient in military correspondence and develops information/point papers, briefs, and other presentation medium.

May work a fluctuating work schedule to complete work assignments outside of the typical work week and work hours. May travel to complete work assignments, and conduct or attend conferences and meetings (less than 30%).

Handles sensitive information that is proprietary, privileged, confidential, or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure and ensures confidentiality and security of such information. Prevents unauthorized reading, printing, retaining, copying or dissemination of information, messages, or correspondence in accordance with rules and regulations such as those covered by the Privacy Act, 5 USC 552(a), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Public Law 104-191, and DoD Directive 6025.18. Notifies the higher-level supervisor and senders immediately when proprietary information has been released and advises on how to properly recover, and/or protect information.

Adheres to all safety regulations and standards. Promptly reports any observed workplace hazards, and any injury, occupational illness, and/or property damage resulting from workplace mishaps to the immediate supervisor. Adheres to established standards of actively supporting the principles of the EEO program and prevention of sexual harassment.

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

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Master's Degree in a Behavioral Health related field appropriate to the work of position AND three years of specialized experience, that demonstrates professional knowledge and understanding of the nature, causes, and prevention of suicide; wellness and resiliency programming; policy and program development; knowledge and understanding of a military organizational structure or that of the Marine Corps, OR an appropriate combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of knowledge and skill 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.

Practical knowledge of complex helping systems, clinical practices, clinical assessments, techniques and tools utilized to intervene and assess service members and their families. Knowledge and understanding of how substance misuse, child abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and other behavioral health issues affect suicide behaviors.

Knowledge and experience in Service wide programming and budgeting; process improvement; developing effective solutions to unique and/or complex situations; interpreting and integrating policies, executive orders, and DoD policies into Marine Corps policy.

Knowledge and ability to use basic computer programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.


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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