BY CANDICE VILLARREAL
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SAN DIEGO
A NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego employee attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) annual conference to meet with college graduates and recruit potential internship candidates in San Diego.
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Lindsey Underkoffler, Lauren Engle, Mike Runkel, and Margie Hontucan represented NAVSUP at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference.
Margie Hontucan, a program analyst with 38 years of civilian federal service, represented NAVSUP FLC San Diego and served as a subject matter expert at the event.
“We have attended a number of recruiting events in the past,” said Hontucan. “With the Navy building up its acquisition workforce, we are always looking for a diverse group of the best and brightest qualified candidates.”
Hontucan joined three NAVSUP employees at the conference to let attendees know about civilian career opportunities with NAVSUP, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
With more than 558 different civilian occupations, civil service opportunities for motivated professionals are nearly endless. NAVSUP offers a variety of career options and worldwide locations that make it an attractive employment choice for suitable candidates.
“A lot of people don’t know there are civilian careers that support the Navy,” said Hontucan. “They often aren’t aware that they can work some challenging assignments, hand-in-hand with our uniformed counterparts. These are incredible jobs that allow them to make a difference, and they offer excellent benefits and great promotion potential as well.”
When she isn’t busy reaching out to the future of the American workforce, Hontucan spends her time ensuring defense acquisition training requirements and certifications are met, managing manpower, and generating requests for personnel action for the command’s contracting department.
“I love my job. I love watching people grow, develop and progress through their careers and become successful,” said Hontucan. “For example, the interns we hire begin at the GS-7 level and move all the way up to GS-12 within just the first three-year period. It isn’t easy. There is some intense training involved. But, as long as they can meet the competencies, pass their classes and get certified for acquisition, this is an unbelievable career opportunity for them.”
Contracting Deputy Director Marcia Cruz said future plans include continued presence at conferences whenever possible, in addition to recruiting efforts at various career fairs and events for transitioning service members and military spouses.
“Promoting awareness about these career enhancing opportunities is vital to sustaining a workforce made up of highly qualified individuals who are ready to support the Navy’s mission,” said Cruz. “That also goes for some of our transitioning military members. That degree they earned on active duty or by using the G.I. Bill might get them into one of our developmental positions where they can continue to serve and support their country in a civilian capacity.”
For more information on the Naval Acquisition Development Program visit http://www.secnav.navy.mil/rda/workforce/pages/nadp.aspx