Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is looking for the best and brightest to join our Team! MCCS is a comprehensive program that supports and enhances the quality of life for Marines, their families, and others in the Marine Corps Community. We offer a team oriented environment comprised of military personnel, civilian employees, contractors and volunteers who keep the organization functioning smoothly and effectively.
Serves as a primary, initial point of contact for adult victims of sexual assault and as an advocate for the expressed interest of victims. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocate (VA) reports directly to the Installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) and assists the SARC in coordinating the services that victims receive to include:
Providing direct and indirect services to eligible adult victims of sexual assault;
Facilitating care through information, referrals, and non-clinical support;
Developing rapport and maintaining regular contact with victims to assess their need for supportive services and/or make modifications to reporting options, safety planning and service referrals;
Accompanying victims through medical and investigative procedures, court/administrative proceedings, and related processes, as requested by the victim;
Regularly consulting with the SARC;
Providing non-clinical case management;
Ensuring comprehensive care until the case is adjudicated and/or supportive services are complete;
Attending the Case Management Group meeting(s) when a case is presented involving a victim supported by the SAPR VA to ensure system accountability and victim access to support services; Supporting the victim by advocating on his or her own behalf to include assisting the victim in contacting appropriate military and civilian legal officers for personal legal advice and assistance;
Independently assessing high risk situations;
Using initiative, experience, and judgement to manage and complete ongoing assignments;
Supporting data entry requirements;
Ensuring confidential handling and maintenance of all written, electronic and verbal communication related to victim care;
Facilitating or assisting with briefings and trainings, classes to commanders, units and other military agencies/personnel on sexual assault prevention and response;
Assisting the SARC with interfacing with military and civilian agencies to identify relevant resources and means of accessing appropriate services;
Promoting awareness of sexual assault prevention in the community by performing outreach activities in the preparation for and implementation of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month campaign, the SAPR program;
Assisting the SARC with administrative duties as required; and
Understand and adhere to the D-SAACP Code of Professional Ethics.
Handles sensitive information that is proprietary, privileged, confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. Safeguards sensitive information and prevents unauthorized reading, printing, retaining, copying or dissemination of information, messages, or correspondence in accordance with rules and regulations such as those covered by the Privacy Act, 5 USC 552(a), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, Public Law 104-191, and DoD Directive 6025.18. Notifies the higher level supervisor and senders immediately when proprietary information has been released and advises on how to properly recover, and/or protect information. Evaluates confidentiality and reporting requirements that could cause inappropriate release or disclosure of victim’s identity and/or personal information, and issues that may require an evaluation of the possibility of legal action and the affect of potential adverse administrative action by the USMC or other agencies.
Due to the nature of work in this position, the incumbent may serve in an “on call” duty status outside of normal work hours that includes remaining in a reasonable call back radius, carrying a cell phone or pager; staffing the 24/7 Support line duty as needed; regularly checking email to respond to crises; remaining in a state of readiness to perform work with limitations on pursuing outside leisure activities; and/or reporting to a designated post of duty to be ready to or perform work.
May travel to complete work assignments, conduct or attend meetings, training events, and support victims, e.g., court hearings.
This is a white-collar position where occasional lifting up to 20 lbs may be required.
25% or less - Varies
Job family (Series)
0101 Social Science
Conditions of Employment
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Completion of a four year degree in behavioral health or social science or a related field or work area AND three years of experience that demonstrates acquired knowledge and skill to provide direct support to individuals or groups experiencing victimization; OR an appropriate combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of knowledge and skill equivalent to that gained above; OR appropriate experience that demonstrates the applicant has acquired the knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to that gained in the above. The incumbent must demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities to include:
Knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault, victim advocacy and care;
Ability to understand, be sensitive to, and have empathy for victims;
Ability to intervene in crisis situations using sound professional judgement and ethical practice;
Ability to assist victims and to formulate safety plans;
Skill in developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships;
Skill to utilize intervention strategies to stop victimization and identify incidences of initial and re-victimization;
Ability to work cooperatively with military and civilian medical, social services, law enforcement, legal personnel, and SARCs;
Skill in oral and written communication;
Ability to provide effective trainings and briefings;
Ability to work a fluctuating work schedule to complete work assignments or support a victim in crisis outside of the typical work week and work hours.
Knowledge of the United States Marine Corps, Department of Navy, Department of Defense, and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is preferred.
The incumbent must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.
This position has been designated as a position of public trust with a moderate risk level; therefore, as a condition of employment, the applicant must successfully complete, obtain, and maintain:
- A favorably adjudicated background investigation at the Tier-3 level; and successfully complete other required background checks (e.g. local/state).
- Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP) certification.
As an employee, will be subject to the Continuous Evaluation Program or other designated system, as required. In the event derogatory information surfaces, action may be taken up to and including termination.
Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, age, color, religion, national origin, gender, GINA, political affiliation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, marital status, physical handicap which has no bearing on the ability to perform the duties of the position. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
It is Department of Navy (DON) policy to provide a workplace free of discrimination and retaliation. The DON No Fear Act policy link is provided for your review: https://www.donhr.navy.mil/NoFearAct.asp.
As part of the employment process, Human Resources Division may obtain a Criminal Record Check and/or an Investigative Consumer Report. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI). For all positions requiring access to firearms or ammunition, the Federal Government is prohibited from employing individuals in these positions who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002. Selectees for such positions must submit a completed DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, before a final job offer can be made.
Direct Deposit of total NET pay is mandatory as a condition of employment for all appointments to positions within MCCS.
- Education/certification certificate(s), if applicable.
- If prior military, DD214 Member Copy
This activity is a Drug-free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Marines, sailors, and their family members have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce.
Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act and therefore use of marijuana is illegal under Federal law regardless of State laws. A positive drug test for marijuana (or any other drug tested for) will result in withdrawal of the tentative job offer and ineligibility to apply for a position within the Department of Defense for 6 months from the date of the drug test.
Applicants may not be employed in the chain of command of their relative.
Involuntarily separated members of the armed forces and eligible family members applying through the Transition Assistance Program must submit a written request/statement (may be obtained from the MCCS Human Resources Office) and present ID card with “TA” stamped in red on front of card.
ALL ONLINE APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 1159PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME (EST) ON THE CLOSING DATE LISTED IN THE JOB POSTING.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application/resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. This vacancy will be filled by the best qualified applicant as determined by the selecting official.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. Benefits you get to enjoy while working at MCCS include but are not limited to:
- Stability of Federal Civilian Service
- People with passion for doing work that matters
- Quality of Work Life Balance
- Competitive Pay
- Comprehensive Benefit Packages
- Marine Corps Exchange and Base Facility Privileges
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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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Open to Public