Commander, Navy Installations Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocacy Support Specialist in Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland

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This position is that of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Victim Advocacy (VA) Support Specialist. Serves on the SAPR watchbill as a primary, initial point of contact for victims of sexual assault and as an advocate for the expressed interests of victims. Assists the SARC in coordinating the services that victims receive from various agencies including medical, legal, mental health, and investigative services. Incumbent will provide 24/7 support for victims’ immediate needs.

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Candidate will provide 24/7 support for victims’ immediate needs.

Serves on the SAPR watchbill as a primary, initial point of contact for victims of sexual assault and as an advocate for the expressed interests of victims. Assists the SARC in coordinating the services that victims receive from various agencies including medical, legal, mental health, and investigative services.

Facilitates care and provide referrals and non-clinical support to the adult victims of a sexual assault. Ensures that the victim understands that speaking with the VA is voluntary. As appropriate, thoroughly explains to the victim each of the reporting options available to him or her, including the exceptions and/or limitations on use applicable to each.

Provides information and facilitates referrals for services tailored to the client’s needs and safety that may include: providing crisis intervention, imparting information about the SAPR Program and the reporting options offered to victims of sexual assault under the program, ensuring victims are informed of their rights and of the available military and civilian resources. Facilitates victim’s contact with military and civilian resources, as requested by the victim. Refers victims, who do not wish to disclose their identity, to civilian resources.

Attends Sexual Assault Case Management Group (SACMG) meetings when a case is presented involving a victim with whom the SAPR VA has had contact in order to advocate the victim and to ensure the victim’s needs are met.

Maintains follow-up contact with the victim as requested by the victim. Supports the victim in decision-making by providing relevant information and discussing available options. Assist the victim with prioritizing actions and establishing short- and long-term goals related to recovery from sexual assault.

Supports the victim in advocating on his or her own behalf. Assists the victim in contacting appropriate military and civilian legal offices for personal legal advice and assistance specific to the victim’s circumstances or case, including the filing for civilian or military protective orders. The VA shall not provide legal advice, but may provide general information on the civil or criminal legal process.

Advises the victim of the impact of sexual assault on family members and offer referral information for family members.

Accompanies the victim to appointments and civilian and military court proceedings, as appropriate and when requested by the victim.

Consults regularly with the SARC on ongoing assistance provided. Is directly accountable to the SARC for all SAPR cases. ( Reports all victim’s support services and response informa­tion to the SARC and consults with the SARC on an ongoing basis to ensure comprehensive care for victims throughout the care process.)

Assists the installation SARC with interfacing with military and civilian agencies to identify relevant resources and means of accessing appropriate services to promote availability of victim advocacy services and support systems. Assists the SARC with the development and coordination of installation SAPR prevention and public awareness campaigns and local events.

Conducts trainings on sexual assault prevention and response, as required.

Assist SARC in incident data collection and reporting requirement. Is required to capture service delivery outputs in FFSMIS.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

The candidate must exercise mature judgment and tact in that he/she represents the Navy SAPR Program in dealing with senior level officials such as Admirals, Master Chiefs, and Commanding Officers.

Travel Required

50% or less - Candidate must have a vehicle to travel to training, coordinate tasks/actions with clients, command and military and civilian agencies within the local area of the installation. Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of employment
  • A valid State driver's license is required to operate motor vehicles
  • Completion of a four year degree in behavioral health, social science, or criminal justice and two years of experience that demonstrates acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral health or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field OR an appropriate combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of knowledge and skill equivalent to that gained in the above.
  • Must have the analytical ability and skill in interpersonal relationships.
  • Candidate must have knowledge of the dynamics of sexual assault and victim advocacy and care. Knowledge of the military, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Navy (DoN), and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program is preferred.
  • Candidate must have the ability to understand, be sensitive to, and have empathy for victims. Ability to develop trusting helping relationships and to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Candidate must have the ability to intervene in crisis situations, using sound professional judgment, ethical practice, and common sense.
  • Candidate must have the ability to work cooperatively with military and civilian medical, social service, law enforcement, and legal personnel on behalf of victims.
  • Candidate must be skilled in oral and written communication.
  • Candidate must have the demonstrated ability to provide effective trainings and briefings, as he/she might be requested to provide these services as a support to the SARC.
Additional information

Some positions have special requirements. In these cases selection is tentative pending satisfactory completion of these requirements. Applicants may be required to provide proof of education, etc. All selections are contingent upon the obtaining of satisfactory employment reference checks.

As a condition of employment, the selected individual will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer program.

SELECTIVE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 and at least 18 years of age, employment law (5 U.S.C. 3328) requires that you must register with the Selective Service System (military draft), unless you meet certain exemptions. If applicable, failure to register will prevent you from being considered for employment. To register, please visit the Selective Service web site at

The Department of the Navy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor.

The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact our Human Resource Office to ensure that the Department of the Navy can consider such requests. The decision to grant an accommodation will be made on a case by case basis.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

All resumes will be reviewed to determine if they meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this announcement, and will be rated based on the information provided in the resume to determine the level of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to the job requirements. Using the qualifications of the position, a predetermined rating criterion of KSAs will be used for each resume. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


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Required Documents
  • If you are a veteran claiming Veterans' Preference, please attach your DD-214 "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," showing all dates of service, receipt of medals and campaign badges, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc.). The member 4 copy of your DD-214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” is preferable.
  • A resume should be provided. It should include relevant work experience (start/end dates stated in month/year, description of duties and salary), applicable education at a minimum, and your contact information. For current or previous Federal employees, it should also include the Pay Plan, Series and Grade for each work experience entry.

APPLICATION FORMS - A complete packet of the following forms must be submitted for each position applying for:

  • Resume that includes 3 professional references
  • Copy of current valid driver's license
  • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a clear, legible copy of your DD 214.
  • Military Spousal Preference form (if applicable)
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.

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Regular Full-time(35 - 40 hours per week), all benefits offered (medical, dental, life insurance, spouse & child(ren) life insurance, long term disability, retirement, and 401(k) savings plan).

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How to Apply

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Agency contact information



Naval District Washington 47402 Buse Rd Patuxent River, MD 20670 United States

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Next steps

Before submitting your resume and supporting documents, please review this checklist:

  • Resume with 3 professional references
  • Proof of Education (if applicable)
  • Copy of current, valid driver's license
  • DD 214 for veteran's preference consideration
  • Questionnaire
  • Any other supporting documentation

All applicants will be notified regarding their status. Applicants will either be contacted for an interview or sent a letter of non-selection 4 - 6 weeks after announcement closing date. If selected for an interview, applicants can expect to be contacted 3 - 4 weeks after their interview with a position offer or notification of non-selection.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 09/24/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: NF 4

Salary: $26.94 to $28.74 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time