U.S. Marine Corps

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$75,000 a year

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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. As a service-oriented organization, we never waver in our commitment to our Corps.

This position is located at MCAS Miramar. Candidates selected for this position will serve as a Substance Abuse Clinical Counselor.

Major Duties

Incumbent serves as the clinical counselor for the Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC), Marine and Family Programs, Marine Corps Community Services and works under the overall supervision of the SACC Director. Performs a variety of professional tasks related to substance use disorder service planning, community referrals and consultations, and in-service training. Performs screening and assessment, conducts education and non-medical counseling for active duty military and their eligible family members. Develops in conjunction with the SACC Director and appropriate staff, advocacy and outreach services to meet the needs of the installation/community. Assists with Quality Assurance projects as required. Receives general supervision from the SACC Director and Clinical Supervisor who allows the clinical counselor freedom of action in managing assigned caseload. Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with a minimum of regular supervisory guidance.

Provides thorough assessment, non-medical counseling, and consultation services to clients who present for care with substance use risk factors and/or disorders. Coordinates with community referral resources in the development of specific treatment programs. Interviews individuals and family members to explore and analyze factors influencing personality development and family structure in relation to the development of symptomatic behavior patterns and complicated interpersonal problems. Determines facts and conditions surrounding the difficulties in coping with various life situations and draws conclusions as to the underlying causes/contributing factors of the problems and the associated consequences to individual clients and their families. As appropriate, obtains additional social and personal information from significant others in the client’s lives to ascertain the full scope and impact of the problems presented. Analyzes and evaluates the information obtained and makes use of other social and medical consultation resources as required. Independently devises workable individual service plans (e.g., individual counseling, family counseling, referral for higher level of care, etc.) and provides direct non-medical services using a wide variety of techniques for the resolution of personal, social, or environmental difficulties related to substance use disorders. Make referrals to other social or medical resources, as appropriate. Uses skills in individual, marital, family, and group counseling to assist clients in understanding, accepting, and alleviating their problems. Provides continuing supportive services to clients and families.

Participates in training as required. Attends conferences and meetings of professional and other relevant associations. Keeps the Director and/or Clinical Supervisor informed on potential issues and concerns that can affect the viability of the Substance Abuse Program. Provides Critical Incident Reports (CIRs) to the Director when warranted.

Performs various administrative duties in support of services provided; Keeps up-to-date on clinical training and closely related areas in the field, with an emphasis on substance abuse intervention, assessment, and treatment through membership in professional societies, continuing education, training, and literature. Compiles statistical data of services provided for review and analysis by supervisor; assists with quality improvement projects as assigned.

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.

May work a fluctuating work schedule to complete work assignments outside of the typical work week and work hours (to include evenings and/or weekends as necessary).

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Required Degree: Must possess a master’s degree from a college or university with a program nationally accredited in: social work or psychology, marriage and family therapy, or in a related behavioral health field.

Required Licensure: Highest licensure by a State or National regulatory board that authorizes independent clinical practice that is current, valid, unrestricted and in good standing in at least one of the following: clinical social work, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional counselor, or clinical psychologist that meet the DoD requirements. Must provide a photocopy of licensure with their application.

Required Experience:

  • Tier II must have engaged in 2 years, that includes at least 2,000 hours, full-time, post-masters supervised clinical experience.
  • Tier III must have engaged in at least two years post licensure, that includes at least 2,000 hours post licensure or 4,000 hours post graduate degree, full-time clinical experience in a clinical setting
  • At least two years’ experience with an emphasis in substance abuse/addiction services or two years post-graduate professional experience with an emphasis on co-occurring disorders

Required Certification: Must achieve certified substance abuse counselor (Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium substance abuse counselor certification, or state equivalent) within 3 years of hiring.

Full professional knowledge of standard and accepted theories, methods, principles, practices, and techniques of clinical supervision, as well as of individual, marital, family, and group counseling. Additionally, the incumbent must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities of the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) criteria and the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM-PPC).

Ability to teach counseling techniques in prevention and intervention for substance use disorders to assist clients in the recovery process. Ability to review and evaluate a wide range of training aids and materials. Skill and ability to review and analyze client’s biopsychosocial history to develop complete and full-length individualized service plans. Must be able to properly document interview findings and provide diagnostic impressions. Ability to assess the needs of the clients, counsel clients in recognition of their substance use and misuse, and recommend techniques and goals during the service phase. Ability to present higher level command briefings, court testimonies, and conduct liaison, in-service, etc. Ability and skill to prepare accurate written case documentation involving multiple individualized service goals and more complex cases, general correspondence, congressional correspondence, and staff papers.

Will be required to obtain a clearance at the Tier 3 level to satisfy IT Level II designation access and enter information to the Alcohol and Drug Management Information Tracking System (ADMITS), if access is to ADMITS is required to fulfill the requirements of this position. Appointment and continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of the security investigation.

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, or regularly checking email to respond to emergencies; 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 to perform work.

NOTE: This position is identified as a Test Designated Position (TDP). The incumbent is subject to random drug testing because duties must be performed with a high level of productivity, reliability and judgment to prevent adversely affecting personnel safety, and causing risk/damage to government property, and/or significant adverse impact to day-to-day operations.

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted online via the MCCS Careers website:

Resumes/applications emailed or mailed will not be considered for this vacancy announcement. To be considered for employment, the application or resume must be submitted online by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your MCCS user account and review your application status.

Closing Statement

GENERAL INFORMATION: 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:

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.
Required Documents: (Must be attached to the application for consideration)
  • Education/certification certificate(s) of Masters Degree and a photo copy of current State License at the independent practitioner level.
  • 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.
Marine Corps Community Services
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