Director of Social, Spiritual, and Psychological

Updated: September 13, 2019
Job ID: 215180
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Director of Social, Spiritual, and Psychological to support various total force fitness and human performance optimization (TFF/HPO) projects for the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP), a Center within the Military and Emergency Medicine Department (MEM) located at Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CHAMP/MEM. 

The applicant will be responsible for providing subject matter expertise in the field of performance, cognitive, operational, and industrial/organizational psychology, and their application to diverse military communities on various initiatives. 


  1. Functions as part of a CHAMP mobile multidisciplinary team that examines service member’s core tasks to identify their operationally-centered performance and health psychological needs, identify gaps, and provide recommendations.
  2. Works with mobile CHAMP multidisciplinary team and community stakeholders to develop occupational task simulations specific as part of the HPO/TFF-CBB process. 
  3. Works with targeted Service communities to identify and/or design performance-oriented metrics in line with their mission and Service member’s occupational skillsets.  
  4. Provides performance, cognitive, and operational psychology expertise to policy and structural realignment efforts. 
  5. Acts as the team psychological liaison with support agencies, unit leadership, and individual Service Members as a part of HPO/TFF-CBB.
  6. Assists in leading focus groups with diverse Service populations.
  7. Reviews and translates performance, cognitive, industrial/organizational, and operational psychology literature to enhance HPO/TFF-CBB team capabilities. 
  8. Facilitates partnerships with DOD organizations through psychological consultations, training, research, and education.
  9. Collaborates internally with CHAMP staff to ensure DoD community engagements informs and enhances education, leadership, and research services.
  10. Plans and coordinates Performance Psychology workshops and participates in external working groups as needed. 
  11. Oversees as subject matter expert over the Social, Spiritual, and Psychological domain, under the direction of the Chief Science Officer.
  12. Provides subject matter expertise on externally requested consultations and policy guidance applicable to the subject of Social, Spiritual, and Psychological.
  13. Collaborates with relevant stakeholders to develop metrics, clinical practice guidelines, and policies for measuring Social, Spiritual, and Psychological.
  14. Aligns CHAMP’s research portfolio with Social, Spiritual, and Psychological Fitness knowledge gaps within military communities and relevant research funding opportunities; 
  15. Develops and promote guidance on Social, Spiritual, and Psychological Fitness and Readiness oriented toward leaders, healthcare providers, service members and their family members;
  16. Develops and facilitate Social, Spiritual, and Psychological Fitness curriculum to meet the needs of the CHAMP educational mission;
  17. Assesses and report Social, Spiritual, and Psychological Fitness metrics to CHAMP Leadership that are results-oriented and clearly demonstrate progress toward achievable and realistic goals. 
  18. Works collaboratively with multi-disciplinary staff to complete other projects as needed.
  19. In collaboration with CHAMP performance psychology team, develop products and curricula as needed. 
  20. Performs other tasks as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must have experience with community-based service delivery working directly with stakeholders. Ability to understand and work with diverse communities and populations. Participate as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Ability to foster and maintain working relationships with various military communities, support agencies, policy makers, research organizations, and CHAMP partners. Familiar with Rapid Qualitative Inquiry and Community-Based Participatory Research models and assists with its implementation with Service communities. Must have experience in performing literature reviews, interpreting research data and peer-reviewed publications, and translating scientific concepts into language that aligns with each Service and unit community. Ability to manage multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities. Advanced oral and written communications skills. Working knowledge of computers, electronic medical records software and student database systems. Incumbent must have demonstrated skill in being able to balance self-directed and independent work with duties as an integral part of a team in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment. 

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Doctoral degree in Performance Sports Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Operational Psychology, or Cognitive Psychology, or related field. 

Minimum Experience: 6-10 years working in a community setting with diverse populations, especially military and/or law enforcement is preferred.  

Physical Capabilities:  Walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Ability to travel and operate in different environments and climates.  

Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: The incumbent works under the direction of the CHAMP Principal Investigator who determines objectives and the nature of desired results and gives advice on work in progress. 

Work Environment: Must be able to travel to and from multiple field sites operating in a variety of environments, and work weekends and evenings.  

Background: U.S. Citizenship required; eligibility to obtain and hold a Secret Security Clearance.

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.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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