Quantico, Virginia
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

  • You will devise service plans for the resolution of personal, social, or environmental difficulties related to substance abuse.
  • You will counsel individuals in the identification and awareness of early warning signs, abuse detection techniques, and preventative measures of substance abuse.
  • You will identify crisis situations (e.g., suicidal or homicide risk, danger of physical or sexual abuse to family members, increased risk of further family violence) through clinical assessment to provide crisis intervention and safety planning.
  • You will maintain client records, statistical reports, and other correspondence (e.g. case histories, assessments, progress, summary notes) in compliance with organizational and professional counseling requirements.
  • You will coordinate case management services (e.g., assess follow-through with treatment recommendations) to determine if additional referrals or resources are needed.
  • You will work with clients to set goals and objectives for clients in counseling sessions.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit
  • Generally, current federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade. Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per E.O. 14043, selectee(s) must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by date of employment except in limited circumstances where an exemption is approved due to a disability or sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test (including marijuana) is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if you fail to report to the drug test appointment or pass the test. You will be subject to random testing.
  • This position requires working within an office or clinic setting in which clients may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, emotionally charged or have a contagious disease.
  • You will be required to wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns, coats, etc.
  • You may be required to work during evenings and/or weekends.
  • Must meet credentialing and privileging requirements in accordance with SECNAVINST 1754.8 and MCO 5300.17A
  • Must meet degree and licensure requirements for privileging at the independent practitioner level, tier II or tier III in accordance with SECNAVINST 1754.8
  • You will be required to possess and maintain a current Substance Abuse Certification (Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium substance abuse counselor, or state equivalent) certification.
  • You will be required to meet any applicable credentialing or privileging requirements prior to appointment.


In addition to the Basic Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: Providing substance abuse treatment or counseling services, case management, assessment and referral.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:

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.

This position requires Selective Factors (screen-outs) which will also be used to determine minimum qualification for this position. Applicants not possessing the Selective Factors will be found ineligible for this position. You must provide the supporting documents (e.g. certification, license, transcripts) with the resume at time of application. Failure to provide will result in an ineligible rating.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: Must possess a Substance Abuse Certification (Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, OR an International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium substance abuse counselor certification, OR a state equivalent) acquired through passing a proctored exam, from a state or nationally accredited certifying body.


Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual: Applicants must possess

Basic Requirements for Psychologist (0180):
  • Must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) directly related to full professional work in clinical psychology OR
  • Must have completed 2 full academic years of graduate study directly related to professional work in counseling psychology, or satisfactory completion in an accredited educational institution of all the requirements for a master's degree directly related to counseling psychology.
Basic Requirements for Social Worker (0185):
  • Must have successfully completed a degree in Social Work that fulfills all of the requirements for the master's degree in social work from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. OR
  • Must have successfully completed a master's degree in Social Work with practicum.
In lieu of specialized experience listed in the Qualifications section, applicants may qualify based on education OR equivalent combination of experience and education as follows:
  • Have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR,
  • Have successfully completed three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. . OR,
  • Have a combination of experience and education as described above that equates to one year of experience. My percentage of the required education plus my percentage of the required experience equal one hundred percent.

Additional information

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center.

Military Spouse Preference applicants will receive priority consideration at the Full Performance Level (FPL) and if determined to be Best Qualified at the FPL, and selected, must be placed at the FPL. A BQ military spouse possesses knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies comparable to others who meet the competitive referral criteria for the specific position.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at:

ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating in the highly qualified category (score 85) or higher. ICTAP candidates must provide copies of all of the following documentation at the time of application: 1) agency notice; 2) most recent performance appraisal; and 3) most recent SF-50 or notification of personnel action that includes position, grade level, and duty location. Applicants who do not provide this documentation will not receive consideration as an ICTAP