Career Path: Department of Defense
The specific job title and duties depend on which branch or agency to which you are assigned within the Department of Defense (DOD).
- Work/Life Specialist (or Consultant)
- Community Readiness Specialist (or Consultant)
- Personal Financial Management Program Specialist (or Counselor)
- Financial Readiness Program Specialist (or Counselor)
What You Will Do:
Most financial counseling positions fall under the 0101 federal job series.
Responsibilities will depend on federal pay grade (information below) but initial responsibilities may include:
- Provide financial advice, guidance and administrative services to service members and families members.
- Plan, implement, administer, and counsel service members and family members on career, transition, relocation, family, financial, and other work/life services and activities.
- Implement each service’s emergency relief program. See here for more information:
What Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Will Make You Successful:
GS7 and GS9 (Practitioner/Specialist; Social Services Delivery Team Member):
- Knowledge of and ability to apply social services delivery systems as well as a wide range of concepts, principles, theories, and practices relating the social or behavioral science fields.
- Ability to analyze social and behavioral data to assess trends, concerns, and needs.
- Knowledge of and ability to apply practices, theories, and techniques, of money management and consumer affairs.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
GS11 (Practitioner/Consultant; Social Services Team Member):
- Skill in conducting interviews to establish the nature and extent of concerns/issues, provide assistance in developing goals and plans, and determine appropriate referral services/options when frequently there is difficulty in determining clients’ needs or wants or in convincing them to accept that problems exist.
- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationship using tact and diplomacy in interactions with individuals/families, leadership of organizations, and with program representatives and officials.
- Assist in identifying and prioritizing goals, and provide guidance and direction for the development and implementation of effective plans and tools to address needs.
Where You Should Start:
Bachelor (or Masters degree for advanced placement) in a behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; or:
1) Combination of education (>24 credit hours) and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.
2) Certification as an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®).
Applicants may initially enter at one of the following federal pay grades depending on the level of education, credentials, and experience.
- GS7 and GS9 (Practitioner/Specialist; Social Services Delivery Team Member)
- GS11 (Practitioner/Consultant; Social Services Team Member)
Federal employees are eligible for promotion based on merit to the next-higher pay grade after 1-year time-in-grade.
Your Salary Potential:
GS7: $34k – $44k
GS9: $41k – $54k
GS11: $50k – $66k
GS12: $60k – $79k (growth potential)