Community Counseling Program Clinical Specialist NF-4

Quantico, Virginia
May 09, 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 Clinical Specialist for Community Counseling & Prevention, Behavioral Programs Branch (MFC), Marine and Family Programs Division (MF), Headquarters Marine Corps. Provides policy guidance and other functional support to ensure quality execution of counseling services on installations Marine Corps wide that address a range of behavioral health issues to include but not limited to anxiety, depression, stress, violence, coping, and other factors that detract from an individual's behavioral health. Community counseling services include individual, marital, group, and family modalities for issues responsive to brief solution-focused therapy and case management activities.

Conducts reviews and analyses of installation clinical services and provides recommendations concerning community counseling processes. Ensures that screening, treatment, and/or referral processes are aligned with best practices, implemented efficiently and effectively in order to return Marines and their families to optimal functioning. Provides oversight of comprehensive case management of services as supported by Marine and Family Programs Division to active duty and retired military members, the Reserve components of the military services, their families, and DOD civilians as space permits.

Ensures that program prevention efforts and functions are carried out in accordance with governing laws, policies, regulations, and professional standards of service. Serves as the subject matter expert on issues related to prevention. Ensures a comprehensive array of prevention services are available and delivered to Marines and their families at Marine Corps installations. Ensures that evidence-based curriculum is identified, utilized, and evaluated, at all installations.

As a community counseling clinical services specialist, the incumbent uses ingenuity in extending and adapting existing guidelines and in providing for the development of new methods and techniques where there are no appropriate guidelines. Through professional leadership, guidance, and authoritative consultant services on behavioral health treatment areas, the incumbent provides a framework of guidelines used by behavioral health clinical staff and others directly involved with the program.

Assist in the writing and maintenance of all community counseling requirements in the applicable Marine Corps Order. Develops partnerships with DOD and other federal agencies affecting behavioral health treatment programs, which addresses combat and operational stress issues, anxiety, depression, and other common behavioral health concerns while maintaining awareness of activities and initiatives in Family Advocacy, Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response, and Substance Abuse Programs.

Provides technical assistance to Major Command staff members and other stakeholders to improve and sustain counseling capabilities. Ensures that general counseling support capabilities are timely, relevant to commanders' needs, flexible, sustainable in execution, and thoroughly coordinated within the Marine Corps and external departments and agencies.

Summarizes and identifies significant program trends and issues, and ensures sufficient funding resources are available to achieve program objectives. Forecasts and estimates program requirements and prepare reports with statistical and narrative data for top-level management.

Reviews and interprets new and established DoD and DON directives, instructions, and regulations for potential policy or operational impact on the Marine Corps prevention and family support programs. Develops and prepares Marine Corps instructions, operating policies, inspection procedures, and guidelines, and recommends changes and adjustments to assure accomplishments of prevention and family support program goals and objectives in conjunction with the MF mission and strategic plan and vision.

Serves as liaison between OSD, other services, and HQMC management officials as requested. Conducts special projects related to treatment and family support such as program study assignments that involve organizations, operations, and functions integrated with: education, training, substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, family violence prevention, and personal financial management throughout the Marine Corps for complex multi-mission installations.

Represents the Marine Corps, as required, at different forums concerning Behavioral Health. Maintains contacts 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 that affect Marine Corps programs.

Performs other related 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 in one of the behavioral sciences with a current state license to practice independently as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, or Clinical Psychologist and must provide a photocopy with their application.

Two years of post-graduate experience in various modalities and skill to provide individual, group, couples and family treatment/counseling.

Experience that demonstrates knowledge of the principles and practices in the field of behavioral health treatment and skill, and experienced judgment in extending advanced concepts and methods for improving the quality and accessibility of behavioral health treatment.

Experience that demonstrates that subject matter expertise in behavioral health treatment, clinical program development, professional training, clinical supervision theory and practice, licensing and certification requirements, and other aspects of treatment.

Experience that demonstrates the ability to provide expert technical assistance to professionals in the field and the ability to introduce innovative approaches and extension of established methods and practices.


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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