Commander, Navy Installations Deployed Resiliency Counselor in 2 vacancies Sasebo Naval Base, Japan

Commander, Navy Installations
  • 2 vacancies - Sasebo Naval Base, Japan
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 11/21/2016 (16 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 12/20/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position works organizationally within Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP) on the installation. The mission of the FFSP is to provide information and referral, education and training, counseling and advocacy to facilitate achieving operational readiness and personal and family self-sufficiency. The incumbent of this position is a Tier III qualified, independently licensed clinical counselor, who will provide support services to deployed forces aboard a ship while afloat and at homeport. The incumbent reports to the Fleet and Family Support Center Director for administrative support and clinical supervision. The primary purpose of the position is to provide short term, solution focused individual and group counseling on commonly occurring life situations, and education on resiliency/wellness topics. Incumbent will serve as a liaison to the homeport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, providing immediate sexual assault response and coordination to allegations of sexual assault.


The incumbent will provide a variety of psycho-educational workshops on core issues such as sexual assault, suicide prevention, and various wellness and resiliency topics. Workshop offerings may include stress management, anger management, effective communication, parenting education, operational stress control, successful adaptation to military life, and child abuse or domestic abuse identification/prevention and interpersonal violence.

The incumbent provides effective, independent clinical assessments, develops and executes short-term solution focused clinical counseling treatment plans for individuals who request such services and who present with commonly occurring life circumstance issues. These counseling services may be provided to individuals and groups while deployed, and to individuals, couples, families or groups while at the homeport. The incumbent refers clients to military or civilian behavioral health providers who present with issues falling outside the authorized scope of care within Fleet and Family Support Programs; specifically individuals presenting with any psychiatric diagnosis other than those categorized as “other conditions that may be a focus of Clinical Attention or adjustment disorder”. The incumbent will provide critical incident intervention both ashore and afloat when requested, and be responsible for the assessment, triage and referral of clients presenting with a risk of harm to themselves or others and refer to the nearest behavioral health provider. The incumbent receives and assesses referrals made by military and civilian agencies and maintains case records in the Fleet and Family Support Management Information System (FFSMIS), and statistics in accordance with Navy policies and regulations, complying with FFSC clinical quality standards, Counseling and Advocacy Program Desk Guides.

The incumbent will provide safety assessment, safety planning and triage of allegations of alleged child or domestic abuse, referring allegations requiring Family Advocacy Program (FAP) involvement to the homeport Fleet and Family Support Center once immediate safety concerns have been addressed. The incumbent may also provide individual or group treatment addressing sexual assault and for open FAP cases as recommended by the homeport FAP Clinical Case Staff Meeting (CCSM).

Sexual Assault Coordination: The incumbent will serve as a liaison to the homeport Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) while deployed and will receive all the training as a SARC, however, the homeport SARC shall have the responsibility for overall case management and case entry into the Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID). The incumbent will ensure that cases are transferred to the homeport SARC expeditiously and that victim confidentiality is maintained.

The incumbent's primary responsibilities for sexual assault cases will be to provide an immediate response and coordination to allegations of sexual assault which includes receiving the restricted or unrestricted report, assuring the victim is assigned a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate and receives medical care, and completing required notifications which includes notifying the homeport SARC and the victim's Command within 24 hours. In addition, the incumbent may provide sexual assault awareness and prevention training when deployed. Toward this end, the incumbent will be required to be trained in all positions within the SAPR program and be credentialed by the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Credentialing Program. The incumbent communicates directly with the ship's Commanding Officer to provide regular updates regarding SAPR implementation and assist with meeting annual SAPR training requirements. While deployed this position is also responsible for providing SAPR training as requested by Commands and training volunteer SAPR Victim Advocates as needed to further support the homeport SARC.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Relocation Expenses will be paid
  • Satisfactorily complete all background checks to include NACI
  • Position requires occasional travel

The incumbent shall be Tier III qualified as outlined in Navy FFSP Credentials Review and Clinical Privileging requirements. These include:

A current, valid, unrestricted state licensure or certification that provides legal authority to provide clinical services as an independent practitioner.

When the state licensing or certification requirements include a written examination, candidates must have achieved a passing score on that examination.

Possess at least a Master’s degree from an accredited program in one of the following clinical fields: Social Work or an equivalent degree, Marriage and Family Therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or an equivalent degree; or doctorate in Psychology approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) or equivalent degree from an accredited program.

Must have engaged in 2 years (which includes at least 2000 hours full-time) postmasters’ supervised clinical experience.

Must have two (2) years, full-time post-license clinical experience.


Knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault, knowledge of the military, Department of Defense (DoD), and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program guidance, along with local, state, and federal laws and military regulations pertaining to victims of sexual assault is preferred.

The ability and skill to provide effective trainings and briefings.

Independent clinical skills and sound judgment necessary to provide assessment, triage and referral of clients presenting with a risk of harm to themselves or others.

The ability to understand, be sensitive to, and have empathy for victims.

Incumbent must also have the ability to develop trusting helping relationships and to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The analytical ability to intervene in crisis situations, using sound professional judgment, ethical practice, and common sense.

The incumbent must have the ability to work cooperatively with military and civilian medical, social service, law enforcement, and legal personnel on behalf of victims.

The ability to perform skillful oral and written communications.

The incumbent must have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, be skilled in the use of office software applications to prepare management reports and use software to develop information; able to enter data in required management reports.

The incumbent must maintain professional boundaries and ethics to the highest extent in using extreme caution when interacting with sailors while deployed on a ship in order to assure that no harm is done to clients due to the inappropriate crossing of professional boundaries.


Position has been designated Non-Critical sensitive. As a position of trust and ITII position, employment is conditional on the successful completion of an Access National Agency Check (ANACI) and contain no convictions of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Position requires a Secret Security Clearance to be obtained and maintained.

Must successfully complete DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification, DD Form 2950, and obtain DoD Certification within 6-months of hire.

Must possess a valid driver’s license and have the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Due to the unique nature of the position, selectees will be required to complete a physical examination upon entry to duty and annually thereafter and be determined to be physical fit for shipboard duty at all times.

Due to worldwide travel, all required vaccinations, including the anthrax vaccination, may be required as a condition of employment per DoD requirements.

The incumbent must apply and maintain a US No-Fee Passport upon employment.


The incumbent will be required to deploy at sea on board US Navy ships. Deployment lengths will vary from a few days to over 6 months at a time. The incumbent will not receive compensatory time for additional hours worked but instead a deployment differential of 20% of her/his salary while deployed. The work schedule while deployed will vary depending on requirements, within a typical work week of 40 hours. The incumbent will be on call 24 hours a day while deployed for critical crisis intervention situations.

At sea, the incumbent shares a stateroom with a junior officer; meals are obtained by either joining the Officers' Mess as a paying member or by purchasing meals on the Enlisted Mess Decks.

Incumbent must possess the ability to assess situations where safety equipment such as safety shoes, hard hat, eye protection and hearing protection are required.

Local travel may be required between installations.

Occasional travel outside the region may be required in order to attend or participate in mandated DoD or Navy conferences, trainings or meetings.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Please ensure that your application/resume contains all the information requested in the vacancy announcement. If your resume or application does not provide all the information requested on this form and in the job vacancy announcement, you may lose consideration for the job. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If selected for an interview, applicants can expect to be contacted 1-3 weeks after the interview with a position offer or notification of non-selection.


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All benefits offered (medical, dental, life insurance, spouse & dependent life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and 401(k) savings plan).

Other Information

**Return rights for current employees must be negotiated with the losing command. Candidates not associated with DOD/DON are ineligible for return rights.

Some positions have special requirements. Selection may be tentative pending the completion of the satisfactory employment reference checks and receipt of proof of education (where applicable). Selectee may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. Participation in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer is required. Salary is commensurate with experience and/or education.

Selectees initially recruited from the United States or who are already on a Transportation Agreement will be entitled to transportation and moving costs for themselves and their family members. Household goods may be shipped and a housing allowance is paid to cover monthly housing and utility costs.

Compensation includes base pay, a Post Allowance which is a non-taxable (federal) allowance based on the Japanese yen rate exchange, and a Living Quarters Allowance sufficient to pay for a housing unit within close proximity of the Naval base. You may also ship and/or store your household goods. These and other benefits are available to those personnel hired on an overseas transportation agreement.

The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. The DON provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodation(s) should email their request to to ensure proper consideration is given.

Salary Range: $60,274.00 to $78,355.00 / Plus Non-Taxable Post Allowance and Living Quarters Allowance; Salary is commensurate with experience.

Series & Grade: NF-0101-04/04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 457207300

Job Announcement Number: FFR16-1121