Job Overview


TOUGH WORK. VITAL MISSION. Challenge yourself! You have the power to help combat drug trafficking. Be a part of DEA! It's tough work, but a vital mission. Whatever your background or expertise, your work at DEA will be tremendously rewarding because it will have a daily impact on national security and the quality of life of all Americans.  

Do your career "Justice" by working with DOJ, which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Come and join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with DEA must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities. Once a conditional offer is made, DEA will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that the prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, the unfavorable decision in any of the areas that follow will be deemed as disqualifying: Drug Policy Requirements (as specified in this announcement), Credit History, Candor and Honesty, Work History, History with the Law, and other qualities that would detract from the integrity and efficiency of the DEA.

Position will be subject to the availability of funds.



This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Administrator, Arlington VA.

The incumbent serves as the Employee Assistance Specialist (EAP) for DEA's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is a free, confidential service that assists DEA employees and family members in identifying and resolving personal and work-related problems.  General services relate to: 1) brief counseling, consultation, problem assessment, and/or referral for professional services; 2) management consultation for all DEA supervisors to help resolve performance, conduct, and morale issues; 3) training on over 30 topics providing tools to prevent interpersonal issues; and 4) emergency intervention for traumatic incidents from the DEA Trauma Team.

This is an interdisciplinary position containing duties that can be performed by the following disciplines:

·  Psychology, GS-0180

·  Social Work, GS-0185

Incumbent draws from experience with Law Enforcement or military population to perform functions such as: clinical diagnosis, brief clinical intervention, trauma response, etc.  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other related professional services and activities of the organization liaising with Government and private agencies to aid in vocational placement and rehabilitation of acutely or chronically disabled persons.  Coordinates counseling services located nationwide. Utilizes knowledge of program objectives and mission to direct employees and/or family members to qualified clinicians. Ensures that a referral network of community treatment and rehabilitation resources is maintained nationwide. Coordinates the attainment of appropriate security clearances and verifies certification currency for all DEA practitioners.  Skilled in the development and presentation of academic curricula to adult learners. Tracks available training courses and makes recommendations for additions to program offerings. Personally conducts training sessions covering personal and work related topics.  Serves as Contractor Officer's Technical Representative (COTR). Stays abreast of existing contracts and personnel within. Oversees technical aspect for mental health services.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 5-10 hours per month 3 days per month

Relocation Authorized

  • No