Job Overview



Serves as the Clinical Specialist for Community Counseling & Prevention, Behavioral Health 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 that address a range of behavioral health issues to include but not limited to anxiety, depression, stress, violence, coping and other factors which 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, analysis of installation clinical services and provides recommendations concerning the community counseling processes for screening, brief treatment and/or referral are aligned with best practices, implemented efficiently and effectively returning Marines and their families to optimal functioning. Provides oversight for 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.
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. Assists in developing program objectives, new performance standards, program evaluation tools, monitoring procedures, and program review criteria. Exercises analytical ability, judgment, discretion, and applies a thorough knowledge of management principles, practices, methods, and techniques to 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.

Responsible for assisting in writing and maintenance of all community counseling treatment requirements in the applicable Marine Corps Order. Develops partnerships with DOD and other federal agencies impacting behavioral health treatment 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.

Represents the Marine Corps in coordination of DoD and Secretary of the Navy (SecNav) policy development to ensure that the needs and priorities of the Marine Corps are represented. Makes recommendations for official Marine Corps comments on draft DoD and SecNav policies. Plans and conducts program analysis of community counseling for the Marine Corps, and provides policy analysis, plan of action and management plans to the Branch Head.

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 which affect Marine Corps programs. Collects data from diverse sources and uses them to produce meaningful management analysis. Develops correspondence, point papers, briefs, and other items for HQMC Flag Officers.

Provides World Class Customer Service with an emphasis on courtesy. Assists customers and communicates positively in a friendly manner. Takes action to solve problems quickly. Alerts the higher-level supervisor or proper point of contact for help when problems arise. Adheres to 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.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

This is a white-collar position where occasional lifting up to 20 lbs may be required.