U.S. Marine Corps, Strength and Conditioning Specialist (SCS)
Leidos is seeking candidates for the US Marine Corps Human Performance Branch (HPB) Sports Medicine and Injury Prevention (SMIP) program. U.S. Marine Corps, Strength and Conditioning Specialist (SCS) serves as a Strength and Conditioning Specialists to support worldwide Athletic Training services within Marine Operating Forces OPFOR Formations as part of the Sports Medicine Injury Program (SMIP) to reduce injuries and lost workdays associated with musculoskeletal injuries. Uses evidence-based training methods as well as best practice injury recovery techniques to enable the Marine Corps to establish effective physical training (PT) regimes, mitigate injuries, and assess/treat injuries when they occur.
Support Injury Mitigation and Rehabilitation activities:
- Complement Athletic Trainer capabilities and increase the capacity of the SMIP Athletic Training Room to support initial screening, primary prevention, and “return to play” functions.
- Serve as the primary linkage between SMIP Athletic Trainers and unit Force Fitness Instructors. Assist in the rehabilitation of injured Marines in conjunction with unit FFIs and Athletic Trainers through evidence-based strength and conditioning programing under the guidance of the Command.
- Coordinate individualized exercise programs to ensure a safe and expeditious return to training of personnel recovering from injury.
- Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings to review and evaluate physical training programs/injury prevention, and reconditioning treatment programs.
- Refer all personnel with an apparent new or undiagnosed medical condition to a licensed medical provider for evaluation and treatment.
Performance Assessments and Program Design:
- Conduct specialized assessments based on unit Mission Essential Tasks (METs) in support of unit Commanders and Force Fitness Instructors.
- Conduct gathering, assessment, and display of data through the use of sensor technology and software systems to provide Commanders, FFIs, individual Marines, and Athletic Trainers with usable information.
- In conjunction with Athletic Trainers, prepare updates as requested on the physical readiness of supported Marines.
- Design, administer, and evaluate the effects of unit and individual physical training protocols under the operational cognizance of unit staff utilizing traditional strength and conditioning facilities/equipment and in potentially austere settings.
- Assist in the design of evidence-based physical training plans that optimizes performance and mitigates injuries in collaboration with supported commanders and Force Fitness Instructors. Participate in regular meetings to remain cognizant of the unit training schedules. Remain aware of service and unit policies/directives/orders that pertain to physical standards, training, and injury treatment.
- As directed by the Commanding Officer or designated government representative, provide instruction and guidance on subjects related to applied anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, physical conditioning, injury prevention and recognition, stretching, and posture and body mechanics.
Documentation and Administration:
- Oversee use of assigned equipment in accordance with published policy while ensuring the safe and effective operation of assigned exercise, rehabilitation, and sensor equipment.
- Assist with inventory and maintenance of supplies and equipment and assist in the preparation of the budget and supply requisitions. Which may include the replenishment of exhausted supplies, preventative maintenance, and the recommendation of new rehabilitation equipment to the Commanding Officer or designated government representative for purchase consideration.
- Prepare information collected for use by Commanders, Marines, Athletic Trainers and healthcare providers and support service level data collection and research efforts as required.
- Support the development and/or revision of local SMIP Program and Force Fitness Instructor Program Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Attend required training in accordance with command/supported command guidance and participate in periodic professional development training.
- Possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field which may include kinesiology, athletic training, exercise science, exercise physiology, biomechanics, or education.
- Possess and maintain certification as a Strength and Conditioning Coach/Specialist (e.g., National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist).
- Possess and maintain certification in basic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to include Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.
- Possess at least 5 years of demonstrated experience and must possess experience of at least 12 months within the preceding 36 months in the same or similar work as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Creditable specialized experience shall include: conducting long and short range planning and coordination of new functional training. Attributable results and relevant experience in a SOF, Division I collegiate, Olympic or professional level athletic environment is preferred.
- Possess and maintain a level of fitness to demonstrate all prescribed exercises/techniques and to hike over rough terrain and function in austere environments.
- Possess and maintain the ability to lift and manipulate loads or weights up to 25 kilograms/50 Lbs.
- Possess and maintain knowledge of human performance technology and its utilization in program design (i.e., wearable GPS, body sensors, biomechanical assessments, and Athlete databases).
- Must be willing to work as a team with USMC Command Elements, Athletic Trainers, and Force Fitness Instructor’s. Possess and maintain the ability to understand the role of other Human Performance elements, such as, Sports Medicine Physicians, Physical Therapists, and Athletic Trainers.
- Master’s degree in an appropriate field which may include kinesiology, athletic training, exercise science, exercise physiology, biomechanics, or education.
The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.