Job Overview


The Marine & Family Programs Division (MF) is looking for the best and brightest to join our Team.


Any offer of employment will fall WITHIN the advertised salary range.


Serves as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in the Substance Abuse Section, Behavioral Health Branch, Marine and Family Programs Division, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC). Ensures coordination of substance abuse prevention initiatives for Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) developed at HQMC as well as provides guidance, support, coordination, and assistance to personnel in the field conducting substance abuse prevention activities and/or concerned with the prevention of substance abuse issues. Directly interfaces with MEF personnel, Substance Abuse Control Officers, and other stakeholders to ensure effective, timely substance abuse prevention practices.

Assists with analysis to increase high quality, measurable preventive substance abuse and health promotion programs. Assists with determining the indicators of effectiveness for substance abuse prevention programs and facilitates identification of best practices for proliferation. Participates in integrated teams to develop substance abuse prevention promotion programs for prevention providers. Maintains liaisons with internal programs and external organizations. Provides on-going notification of national substance abuse prevention policies and priorities. Prepares presentations.

Provides subject matter expertise and input for the development of policy, regulations, instructions, standards, and guidelines related to substance abuse health promotion and substance abuse prevention programs. Provides subject matter expertise, technical assistance, recommendations and support to MEF prevention personnel. Maintains familiarity with applicable regulations, directives, standards, policies and guidelines to ensure consistency with the direction of the USMC Substance Abuse Program. Drafts revisions as needed.

Collaborates in implementing and managing substance abuse prevention programs’ budget guidelines.

Provides substance abuse prevention technical support for promotion and internal prevention programs.

Researches and assists to implement outcome objectives for substance abuse programs and Marine Corps public health assessments for program evaluation.

Coordinates in the planning and development of appropriate curricula for basic, specialized, and advanced health promotion and population health programs, short courses, workshops and training seminars or self-study programs and materials designed to enhance readiness. Collaborates to draft seminars, workshops, short courses, informational briefings for the Command, and other DoD agencies. Uses established standards, concepts and practices such as, logic model. Plans and develops appropriate curricula and instruction for substance abuse prevention programs using known educational and/or behavior change concepts such as the Strategic Prevention Framework.

Participates in national, regional meetings and seminars, conferences to gain support and advance substance abuse prevention objectives. Coordinates content development, curriculum and online class modules, posts online class modules. Maintains established contacts and networks to enhance the visibility of the Substance Abuse Program through exhibits, fairs, consultations, and other technical assistance.

Keeps current with new information and maintains competency by participating in professional meetings, continuing education courses related to certification, reading current professional journals and literature, and undertaking independent research in order to review and recommend action about work assignments.

Recommends and monitors budgeting as needed for prevention programming. prepares and provides reports on financial status of expenses, training attendance/usage, training plans offered and other related information as required.

Attends conferences and meetings. Prepares supporting documentation for presentations and proposals. Prepares correspondence, briefs, action documents, routing sheets, information papers, and slide presentations for use by leadership.

Supports inspections for the Inspector General, United States Marine Corps. Provides on-going technical assistance to field units, and others as required, to improve and sustain substance abuse prevention capabilities. Assists with case management system software and collection procedures.

In conjunction with the Substance Abuse Program, plans a public relations campaign for substance abuse efforts to include submitting written articles for publication such as newsletters, making personal contacts, and developing a plan of action with the public affairs officers, program managers, and other stakeholders.

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.

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

This position requires a varied work schedule to include up to limited weekend work with a minimum of 25% overnight travel: CONUS and OCONUS.

Performs other related duties as assigned.