Key Employment Eligibility Restrictions
Italian law restricts U.S. citizens’ ability to secure jobs on the local economy. Additionally, the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) in Italy establishes hiring restrictions for the U.S. civilian component. Those who are in Italy as a result of their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces are limited in their ability to accept jobs on the Italian economy. However, employment opportunities with federal entities and some non-federal entities (such as Navy Federal Credit Union) are often available. Naples hosts an array of DoD and Department of the Navy commands with employment opportunities for eligible civilians. The DoD has established various preference programs which affect job competitions. Two programs that assist active-duty and civilian component dependents in obtaining federal employment are the Military Spouse Preference Program and the Family Member Preference Program. Family members of contractors are not eligible for such preferences. Additionally, for many U.S. civilian component positions, veterans also receive a hiring preference.
Employment opportunities are available at DODEA schools for teachers, teacher aides and substitutes. Various commands have opportunities for office automation clerks, cashiers, child development assistants, recreation aides and similar positions at the GS-03/04/05 grade levels.
All federal employment vacancies are posted online at https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnreurafswa/about/job_openings.html. NSA Naples’ Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) provides guidance on how to apply for federal jobs, including non-appropriated fund positions (typically, these jobs include those with the Navy Exchange or Morale, Welfare and Recreation). The FFSC also offers individual counseling on résumé writing, interviewing skills and job referral procedures. These services are provided to eligible patrons free of charge. Other questions regarding federal employment may be addressed to:
Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia,
Human Resources Office
Admin I, Capodichino
PSC 817, Box 29
FPO, AE 09622-0029
DSN 626-5409 or Commercial 081-568-5409
Current or former federal employees should include a copy of their most recent Standard Form 50 with their employment applications. Civilian employment outside of the continental United States (OCONUS) is limited to five years. Dependent employees hired OCONUS may be exempt from this limitation. However, appointments are tied to the sponsor’s tour of duty. Depending on the availability of funds, there may be a seasonal dependent youth employment program. Eligible students must have a Social Security number. Employment eligibility rules applicable to the U.S. civilian component apply to this program. Finally, interested applicants should consult the applicable job announcement for specific position classifications and restrictions.
NEX Employment Prospects
The Navy Exchange (NEX) is the second-largest employer in the Naples American community, staffing hundreds of positions in exchange facilities throughout the area. Employment opportunities are primarily found in retail sales, but also include a number of clerical, administrative, security and manual or skilled-labor positions. Job openings include full-time, part-time and flexible employment. Family members of active-duty military personnel and DoD civilians have priority in hiring. U.S. citizenship is required for these dependent-hire positions. Flexible and part-time employment is also available for off duty enlisted personnel. The NEX has a good benefits package, including paid vacation, insurance plans, 401(k) and a retirement program that you can build on as you work at any NEX worldwide. You may place your job application with the NEX at any time, even if a position is not available immediately. Applications are always welcome for entry-level positions, which are filled through an “open register.” Experience is preferred, but not required, and on-the-job training is provided for entry level positions. Look for weekly job announcements in “Panorama” and the NEX.
The Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) is designed to improve the quality of life for all U.S. Government employees, retirees and their family members. The FFSC has an extensive support system which includes the following programs: Clinical Assistance, Family Advocacy, Family Employment Readiness, Intercultural Relations, New Parent Support, Ombudsman, Personal Financial Management, Relocation Assistance, Retired Affairs, Sexual Assault Victim Intervention, and Transition Assistance.
FFSC welcomes volunteers in almost all service areas. Detailed descriptions of each position are available for review; however, a quick list of positions with sample duties is listed below.
-Relocation Assistance – Help with administrative aspects of projects that support newcomers, such as welcome packets, area orientation and loaner locker, as well as those who are relocating outside of the Naples area
-Intercultural Relations – Help with the administrative aspects of the ICR program including advertisement of classes and preparing materials.
-Spouse Employment Program – Maintain resources used by clients, such as vacancy announcements and the resource library. Help prepare for workshops. Workshop facilitation may be possible for those with appropriate experience.
-Personal Financial Management Program – Maintain resources used by clients. Help prepare for workshops.
-New Parent Support Program – Maintain the New Parent Support resource library, develop craft projects for the Parent and Tots play group, prepare handouts, and assist with the play sessions.
-Transition Assistance Program – Assist with the preparation of workshop packets and marketing materials.
-Information and Referral – Assist with the referral of clients to appropriate services within the Fleet and Family Support Center and sort coupons for distribution to clients.
-Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Advocate – Be available on-call on a rotating basis, in the event an incident occurs. Upon request of the victim, you may be called to meet that victim in the emergency room or other central location.
The Navy College Office looks forward to meeting all newcomers to the area. The Navy College Office is located at the Capdochino base in the Admin II building. Call the Navy College Office at Commercial 081-568-6683/6684/6678/6681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about educational opportunities available in the Naples area. Naples is a great place to earn a college degree. There are three fully accredited on-base colleges that have offices at Capodichino. The colleges offer a wide assortment of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed during a typical tour of duty. The colleges also offer outreach support to Allied Joint Force Command Naples and the Support Site at Gricignano. Most on-site college classes are held at the Support Site in the Naples High School building. Everyone is eligible to use the services of the Navy College Office, including military members, civilian dependents, DoD civilian employees and government contractors. The Navy College Office at Capodichino assists sailors and marines with their Military Tuition Assistance questions and concerns. Soldiers assigned to Naples will also be assisted in their educational program by an Army counselor assistant, who works in the Army element located at Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples. Airmen can obtain tuition assistance through their representatives at JFC/NATO.
Other services provided by Navy College Office: The National Test Center, managed by the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), stands ready to support you with various automated tests. You can take CLEP and DSST tests, as well as Excelsior College Tests, at the NTC. The NTC also includes a Pearson-Vue Testing Center, which offers a large number of certification tests. Many tests are free for military personnel. The NTC is located at Capodichino in the Admin II building. The Navy College Office is a DANTES Testing Center that administers Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT), GED exams, the SAT, the ACT, PRAXIS exams and various other tests to military and civilian personnel and their adult family members.
Learning conversational Italian is often a priority for newcomers. If you want to learn Italian, the Central Texas College Language Program offers Gateway to Italian Language at various levels. Courses are offered at JFC, Capodichino and the Support Site. The Gateway to Italian program does not award college credit for courses in the program. If you are looking for college credit for an Italian course, visit the University of Maryland University College office. Central Texas College also offers an extensive English as a second language program for those who need to improve their English skills.
Navy College Office
PSC 817 Box 80
FPO, AE 09622
E-mail: nco.naples@eu. navy.mil
Central Texas College (CTC): offers on-site and distance education certificates and associate degree programs in criminal justice, early childhood development, hospitality management and paralegal services. CTC also offers on line courses that prepare students for Microsoft Certification exams.
University of Maryland University College (UMUC): offers on-site classes and distance education classes in associate degree programs, bachelor degree programs and graduate degree programs. UMUC offers a wide range of associate degrees, including programs in general studies, Italian studies, management studies, business and management, and computer studies. UMUC offers on-site bachelor’s degrees in psychology, history, government, English, business and management, information systems management, digital media and Web technology, computer and information science, and communications.
UMUC/Bowie State: offers graduate-level distance education programs in counseling, public administration and information systems management.
University of Oklahoma: offers an on-site master’s degree program in human relations. Classes meet in a six-day format: four evenings and one weekend. Students may also enroll in the program with an emphasis in international relations.
Families with College Students
Family members of DoD personnel stationed in Europe are eligible to register for on-base college courses. Active-duty parents with children who attend college in the United States will be happy to know that they are authorized transportation or reimbursement for one round-trip airplane ticket each year between their overseas duty station and their child’s U.S. school. This entitlement applies only to service members with unmarried, dependent children under the age of 23 who are attending undergraduate school in the United States. Personnel Support Activity Detachment Naples can provide more details on this entitlement.