Job Overview



Serves as the Clinical Specialist for Family Advocacy Program, Behavioral Health Branch, Marine and Family Programs Division (MF), Headquarters Marine Corps. 


Provides policy guidance and other functional support to ensure the quality execution of counseling services on installations addressing a range of behavioral health issues including anxiety, depression, stress, violence, coping and other factors which detract from an individual’s behavioral health.

Conducts reviews, analysis of installation clinical services and provides recommendations concerning the Family Advocacy Program processes for client screening, treatment and/or referrals ensuring alignment with best practices, efficient implementation to effectively return Marines and their families to optimal functioning. Provides oversight for comprehensive 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 others as authorized by DoD policy. 

As a Family Advocacy Program clinical services specialist, the incumbent uses ingenuity in extending and adapting existing guidelines and in providing for the development of new methods and techniques in the absence of appropriate guidelines. The incumbent provides a framework of guidelines used by behavioral health clinical staff and others directly involved with the Family Advocacy Program through professional leadership, guidance, and authoritative consultant services on behavioral health treatment areas. 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 for their use during programmatic decision making Marine Corps wide.

Responsible for assisting in writing and maintaining all Family Advocacy Program treatment requirements currently seen in the Marine Corps Order on Family Advocacy. 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 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 ensures the needs and priorities of the Marine Corps are adequately represented. Makes recommendations for official Marine Corps comments on draft DoD and SecNav policies. Plans and conducts program analysis of Family Advocacy Program 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, strategic plan and vision.

Serves as liaison between the Office of the Secretary of Defense, other military services, and HQMC management officials as requested. Conducts special projects related to treatment and family support such as program study assignments involving 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.

As required, represents the Marine Corps at different forums concerning Behavioral Health. Maintains professional contacts with officials in appropriate Marine Corps commands, adjacent military Services, the 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.