The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Project Odyssey Specialist
supports Wounded Warrior Project’s Mental Health and Wellness
programs by serving wounded service members dealing with invisible
injuries (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat
stress) through Project Odyssey. The Project Odyssey Specialist
plans, manages, and executes all aspects of Project Odyssey,
providing support and resources to warriors and their families to
enhance their resiliency and psychological well-being.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Note: Project Odyssey is a five-day outdoor experiential learning
program that encourages wounded warriors to challenge themselves
both physically and mentally while in a supportive environment.
Project Odyssey is also delivered in a virtual space over the
course of six to twelve weeks using a learning management
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, &
- Screen, interview, and assess warriors and family support
members’ who express interest in Project Odyssey (PO) and decide
whether the warrior is, or the couple are, a good fit for and will
benefit from participation in either a face to face model or
- Evaluate and identify relevant mental health-focused resources
for warriors or couples who are not currently ready for
participation in Project Odyssey.
- Develop in person Project Odyssey mental health workshop agenda
with intentionally planned activities focused on enhancing the
mental health of attendees.
- Develop virtual Project Odyssey mental health workshop agenda
with intentionally planned activities through learning management
systems focused on enhancing the mental health of attendees.
- Manage overall facilitation of Project Odyssey including
selecting participants, conducting the activities, facilitating
psychoeducational workshops, and debriefing. Determine removal of
participants if necessary, with limited to no supervision from
- Oversee participation in Project Odyssey. Adjust workshop
agenda based on assessment of group dynamics, weather, and vendor
availability. Identify and facilitate alternate activities as
appropriate during the workshop.
- Provide continued care with Project Odyssey attendees over a
twelve-week period through case management, mental health education
focusing on resiliency and psychological wellbeing. Assist
warrior’s and family support members’ and coordinate traditional or
alternative therapy options as needed, e.g., Counseling, Intensive
Outpatient Therapy, Inpatient Therapy, Equine Therapy, Vet Centers,
- Provide instruction and guidance and manage the progress of
warrior’s and couples’ mental health-focused SMART goals.
- Maintain current and accurate data in WWP intranet electronic
tracking systems, e.g., Salesforce.
- Conduct routine warrior outreach. Provide information on
Project Odyssey programming to warriors, veterans, family support
members, community, WWP teammates, and program partners.
- Leverage technical skills in the achievement of working and
delivering programming in a remote environment.
- Learn and implement various modalities to execute on Project
Odyssey and during follow-up, including a Learning Management
Systems (LMS), Experiential Learning Models, Acceptance and
Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Gottman Couples Therapy.
- Lead a group of warriors and family support members through
five days of experiential learning using approved and trained
evidenced based mental health curriculum, with limited to no
- Lead a six to twelve-week virtual mental health workshop using
approved and trained evidenced based mental health curriculum, with
limited to no supervision.
- Manage multiple tasks, assignments and functions, meeting
deadlines and deliverables with usage of metrics to meet key
- Other related duties as assigned.
- High energy level. Self-starter; willing to take
- Exceptional interpersonal skills. Ability to interact
effectively with diverse individuals and build effective
- Demonstrated emotional intelligence. Ability to respond to
sensitive matters with diplomacy and empathy. Demonstrated
understanding of relationship management and partnering.
- Effective organizational and time management skills.
Effectively complete assignments and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to travel in support of WWP programs and
- Demonstrated ability to engage in highly physical outdoor
activities and events, e.g., high and low ropes courses, water
sports, hiking, climbing, and horseback riding.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills. Good
presentation skills. Confident communicator with demonstrated
ability to present information effectively, e.g., to large
audiences, small groups, and individuals.
- Demonstrated ability to establish credibility, be decisive,
influence others, and influence change.
- Demonstrated understanding of Wounded Warrior Project and its
mission, values, programs, and services, and the impact of these
programs and services on wounded warriors and their families.
- Unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of personal and
business ethics and conduct.
- Mission-driven, guided by core values, and a pleasure to work
- Four years of experience working with veteran-focused mental
health programming or case management and assisting military and
veteran populations in support of their mental health well-being
- Three years of veteran-focused mental health programming or
case management experience plus a master’s degree in psychology
mental health counseling, human services, social work,
rehabilitation counseling, or related mental health field, may be
substituted for this four-year experience requirement.
- Three years of experience working with brain injuries or mental
health case management.
- Two years of experience designing evidence-based programs.
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology, mental health counseling,
human services, social work, rehabilitation counseling, or related
mental health field. Equivalent combination of education,
experience, training, and certifications may be considered in lieu
- Master’s degree in psychology, mental health counseling, human
services, social work, rehabilitation counseling, or related mental
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
- Valid state-issued driver’s license.
- Participation in highly physical and demanding outdoor
activities and events under varying weather conditions, e.g., high
and low rope courses, water sports, hiking, climbing, horseback
- Lodging in various environments e.g., hotels, cabins, yurts,
- Up to 50% travel.
- Lifting and carrying items up to 50 pounds.