Chief of Staff – Center for Deployment Psychology (37 views)

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HJF is seeking a Chief of Staff to support the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) located at the Rockledge Office in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical, and programmatic support services to CDP.

The CDP has the mission to train military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high quality deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families. Additionally, the CDP strives to convene thought leaders and promote research and scholarship related to military behavioral health and the dissemination of best practices. The incumbent will be primarily responsible to the CDP Director and will ensure activities within the organization are efficient and aligned with the priorities of the CDP Director. The Chief of Staff will handle the day-to-day management of personnel to allow the CDP Director to focus on Center level strategic objectives.


  1. Organize and prioritize critical issues and required information for the executive team to facilitate efficient decision making.
  2. Facilitate communication between Directors and top management and act as a liaison between the executive team and faculty/staff. Assist in writing/updating Center wide operating instructions to clearly communicate center-wide guidance/policies.
  3. Ensure all staff issues are addressed properly, efficiently and judiciously, and keep track of until resolved. Assist with new hire process to include working with HJF Recruiting and Human Resources (HR) and assisting with the HJF/USU onboarding process.  
  4. Provide management of executive support team. Oversee and supervise the Online Support Team and team members to include providing oversight on the CDP website and blog writing process. Oversee the Center’s communication efforts and supervise the Communications Specialist.
  5. Oversee/manage multiple Center-wide processes/activities to include (but not limited to) the annual review/mid-year feedback process, employee of the quarter nomination/selection process, faculty training pipeline, project proposal process, professional conference attendance, and CDP/USU IT migration.
  6. Organize and lead or co-lead multiple Center-wide meetings to include staff meeting, extended executive team, Town Hall/All Staff, and quarterly internal Board of Directors meetings.
  7. Foster relationships with other USU Centers and MPS. Attend monthly Council of Centers Directors meetings and assist with any USU Center taskings.
  8. Provide lectures on deployment-related topics and evidence based treatments at CDP training events for military and civilian audiences.
  9. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must have successful experience supervising others and managing programs. Must be experienced in or familiar with using Evidence Based Psychotherapy approaches and adept at developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations to large audiences of mental health professionals. Must be assertive, comfortable working with and delegating to different kinds of people, able to multi-task with different projects and team oriented. Excellent organizational and communications skill (written and verbal) are required including strong attention to details, timetables and deadlines and following grant guidelines. Prior military service or work with veterans and an understanding of the DoD and veteran healthcare systems are a significant plus.

Minimum Education: Doctoral degree in Psychology or similar behavioral health field is required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 6-8 years of relevant work experience required.

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Licensed or license eligible as a Psychologist or Social Worker in any United States jurisdiction preferred but not required.

Work Environment: This position is eligible to telework.

Travel Requirements: Travel (both CONUS and OCONUS) expected 4-6x per year, up to 1-week duration per trip is required.

Background/Security: Eligibility to obtain and maintain a Tier I investigation/Public Trust and a Common Access Card (CAC).

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check. 

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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