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  • Job Type: Part Time
  • Company: Maribyrnong Sports Academy
  • Location: Victoria
  • Contact: [email protected]

Location Profile

Maribyrnong College provides a broad education for students in Years 7-12. It is also home to Victoria’s only state-funded Sports Specialism, the Maribyrnong Sports Academy with a sports enrolment comprising nearly 40% of the school population.  It is to be noted that all teachers within the College will teach Sports Academy students, most of which have significant sport training and competition demands and require athlete-friendly education support.

The College provides a broad VCE and the majority of students undertake further study after Year 12. The school’s International Student Program supports approximately 50 international students, predominantly in Years 10 to 12. Additionally, the College provides an EAL program to support students of non-English speaking backgrounds.

Maribyrnong College delivers programs that produce excellent outcomes for students in both academic and sporting endeavours and this is aptly described by the school’s motto: “Pride in Performance”. A High Achiever Program has operated since 2005 and Year 10 accelerated students access VCE subjects. A rich extra-curricular program includes instrumental music and drama, a school production, and a strong inter-school sport program.

College facilities include a 230-seat theatre, a 7000 square metre Sport Stadium with elite training centre, and synthetic hockey, soccer, and tennis facilities. The sport complex forms the base for the Maribyrnong Sports Academy program and all students at the College use this facility for Health and PE classes.

The College has grown significantly in recent years to over 1300 students in 2020. In turn staff numbers have risen to a total of 150 this year. Leading teachers and specialist teachers have responsibility for various curriculum and student management folios. The College has four principal class officers as well as a Sports Director responsible for the Maribyrnong Sports Academy.

Significant environmental and facility improvements have been undertaken in recent years. In 2015 the College began an $8 million rebuild designed to remove a large number of relocatable classrooms which was completed in July 2019. Due to site restrictions and unprecedented enrolment demand at all year levels, the College has been subject to an enrolment zone since 2012.

Selection Criteria

  1. Ability to develop and deliver a Performance Psychology consultation service within an emerging athlete pathway or education setting.
  2. Sound interpersonal and professional skills related to dealing with student-athletes from widely diverse age groups and sports.
  3. The ability to meet competing demands through effective prioritization in a results-oriented environment is also desired
  4. An ability to work as part of the broader MSA team to ensure a holistic and complementary experience for all student-athletes.
  5. Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity, and integrity.


The aim of the Performance Psychology program is to assist individual student-athletes, and groups of athletes (e.g. sporting teams) to develop effective psychological skills as an athlete. The program focuses on enabling student-athletes to reach their potential academically and athletically, whilst also maintaining mental health and wellbeing. In addition, the MSA Performance Psychologists play a role in advocating for students regarding wellbeing issues and providing expertise to guide the ongoing academy approach in supporting student athletes’ overall mental health.  MSA employs 2 Performance Psychologists which form part of the MSA wellbeing team which consists of the 2 Performance Psychologists, 3 Wellbeing Coordinators and a Dietitian.  This Performance Psychologist role will have a focus on developing broad mental health promotion initiatives within MSA.

The Successful applicant will be expected to work on site 2.5 days per week.


The Performance Psychologist will complete the following duties:

  • Provide a consultation and education service, designed to assist MSA student athlete’s preparedness and transition to senior elite training and competition environments
  • Develop and deliver education content for student-athletes (Years 7 – 10) within the school timetabled class High-Performance Preparation Program
  • Contribute to the overall expertise in the Sports Academy Wellbeing team
  • Provide effective triage for student-athletes presenting with mental health concerns
  • Establish and maintain strong professional relationships that will allow external referrals for MSA staff and students if required
  • Keep appropriate records, and maintain ethical standards as required of a psychologist

Who May Apply

 Those with the following qualifications/experience should apply:

  • An appropriate postgraduate degree in Psychology, majoring Sports Psychology, or similar study area
  • Current Registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA
  • Endorsement as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist desirable
  • An appreciation and understanding of the demands faced by emerging and/or elite athletes across a number of individual and team sports.

Applicants can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button below or alternatively contact Mark McAllion on 0432 426 477.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

 The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognizes that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

 Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

  • Please include 3 x references with valid mobile numbers
  • Please limit the KSC answers to no more than 1 page each.
  • Please attach your application (introduction letter, resume and answers to the KSC) as one pdf file only.

Conditions of Employment

 All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.

  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department’s Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Vaccination Requirement

 A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Applicants can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button below or alternatively contact Mark McAllion on 0432 426 477.

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