U.S. Marine Corps PROGRAM ANALYST (SOCIAL SCIENTIST) in Quantico, Virginia

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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.

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Performs scientific and administrative reviews of applications and proposals from a research and evaluation-trained and Marine Corps-informed viewpoint for the Headquarters Marine Corps Behavioral Programs (BP) Research and Program Evaluation (R&PE;) section. This includes reviewing planned internal research and evaluation, proposed extramural research, and proposed research or evaluation from BP staff in the operational forces and in installation-based programs (i.e., BP field staff). Serves as a Social Scientist with the additional responsibilities of developing, implementing, and analyzing behavioral health data encapsulating the Marine Corps population and entities affected by BP Programs; providing information in support of BP programs and management; and serving as the subject matter expert in research and program evaluation policies and procedures. Performs under the general supervision of the Research & Program Evaluation Section Head within the Behavioral Programs Branch.

Major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as primary coordinator and monitor of extramural research and program evaluation projects.
  • Develops, coordinates, and facilitates data sharing across the DoD to fulfill the mission of the Branch and Division.
  • Acts as consultant and advisor to contractors during preparation of research applications/proposals and provides guidance on policy issues.
  • Provide consultations to BP field staff ensuring research efforts are ethically and scientifically rigorous and meet both local and HQ needs.
  • Serves as primary point of contact for Marine Corps research and evaluation policies and procedures with prospective investigators and field analysts.
  • Provides facilitation and consultation at each stage of the Human Research Protections Program approval process, including reviewing and providing informed recommendations for the principle investigators.
  • Evaluates the scientific validity of research proposals (external and internal sources) and their potential significance for BP programs. Present and justify recommendations to Marine Corps leaders.
  • Recommends appropriate methodology for research and program evaluation studies while accounting for Marine Corps policies, data availability, and op-tempo under compressed deadlines.
  • Identifies significant research findings in areas of interest for leadership, summarizing and explaining applicability to the Marine Corps and propose future research and program emphases based on knowledge of the scientific field and Marine Corps goals.
  • Provides scientific reviews of completed research and evaluation studies for methodological soundness, correct interpretation of findings, and relevance to BP programs.
  • Prepares written reports and oral presentations to summarize the results of analyses, translating research and program evaluation implications of technical findings into non-technical terms.
  • As an Action Officer, attends conferences and meetings, prepares reports on conferences. Approximately twenty percent of time may be spent on business-related travel outside of Washington DC area.
  • Staff BP research initiatives as approved.

Provides World Class Customer Service with an emphasis on professionalism and courtesy. Assists internal and external customers and communicates positively in a professional 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.

This is a white-collar position where occasional lifting up to 20 lbs. may be required. Performs other related duties as required.

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Master’s degree in Social Sciences, such as psychology, demography, sociology, human development or a related field appropriate to the work of the position and three years of experience in the occupation, or a related field or work area, OR an appropriate combination of education and experience that demonstrates the acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to that gained in the above. Must have knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics, study design, and statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS). Must have education or experience that included: program evaluation, research methodology, qualitative and/or mixed methods. Must have experience with and knowledge of government research ethics and policies, as well as experience translating research into actionable items for leadership. Must have one year specialized experience. Specialized experience includes planning, coordinating, administering, and evaluating scientific research proposals, projects, and reports in social science field; designing and conducting analytical studies of behavioral health programs; designing and conducting program evaluation studies of behavioral health programs; obtaining and adhering to government-level research ethics requirements (e.g., Data Sharing Agreements and HRPP); and interpersonal and communication skills working with people from diverse backgrounds.

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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: https://www.donhr.navy.mil/NoFearAct.asp.

As part of the employment process, the Human Resources Division may obtain a Declaration of Federal Employment (OF306) or any other form specific to the position, state and local background checks and a fingerprint report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a federal investigation as specified within the position description.

Direct Deposit of total NET pay is mandatory as a condition of employment for all appointments to positions within MCCS.

Required Documents:

*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.

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.



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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:

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  • People with passion for doing work that matters

  • Quality of Work Life Balance

  • Competitive Pay

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  • Marine Corps Exchange and Base Facility Privileges

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All applications must be submitted online via the MCCS Careers website: www.usmc-mccs.org/careers

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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499845700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/09/2018 to 05/24/2018

Salary: $70,000 to $80,000 per year

Pay scale & grade: NF 04

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Regular