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 afore-mentioned Performance Psychologists, 3 Wellbeing Coordinators and a Sports Dietitian. This Performance Psychologist role will have a focus on developing broad mental health promotion initiatives within MSA.
This role is a leave coverage position consisting of a minimum of 7.6 hours per week negotiable, up to 19 hours during school terms. The successful applicant will work within a high-performance environment which includes 70 coaches, teachers, physical preparation and administration staff with International, National and State elite sport experience. The employment length is from 11/7/2022 – 6/4/2023.
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
- Ability to develop and deliver a Performance Psychology consultation service within an emerging athlete pathway or education setting.
- Sound interpersonal and professional skills related to dealing with student-athletes from widely diverse age groups and sports.
- The ability to meet competing demands through effective prioritization in a results-oriented environment is also desired
- An ability to work as part of the broader MSA team to ensure a holistic and complementary experience for all student-athletes.
- Exemplary values pertaining to personal qualities of objectivity, sensitivity, and integrity.
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.
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.
- Please respond with Cover Letter and CV as one pdf file only
- Please include 2 x references with valid mobile numbers
- Closing date for applications is 11:59pm Wednesday, 8th June 2022 (Please note, we will be considering applications as received)
Please contact Mark McAllion at 0432 426 477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.