Assistant Sports Psychologist / Athletics Counselor
Job ID: R0028674 | Health Services Professional | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia is a highly competitive Division I program committed to academic and athletic excellence. The Department of Athletics at the University of Virginia is now accepting applications for the position of Assistant Sports Psychologist/Athletics Counselor. The University, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a selective public institution known for its teaching, research and public service. The University of Virginia sponsors a 27-sport intercollegiate athletics program, which includes approximately 750 student-athletes.

Under the direction of the Sports Psychologist, the Assistant Sports Psychologist/Athletics Counselor is responsible for providing psychological counsel and support for student-athletes to enhance their participation and performance in various assigned sport programs by: (a) teaching psychological principles and strategies that are necessary to achieve optimal mental health; (b) enhancing mental skills and strategies to consistently improve sports performance; and (c) increasing the understanding of how participating in sports affects the psychological development, health and overall well-being of student-athletes.

Additional duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting in providing human performance services within the Athletic Department that will enhance the personal, interpersonal, academic and athletic success of student-athletes. Conducting individual assessment of mental health symptoms and diagnostics, while concurrently providing individual psychological counseling, therapy and ongoing treatment that is consistent with the level of care associated with being a successful full-time student-athlete at a Division I institution.
  • Assisting with providing alcohol and substance use assessment, treatment, follow-up and/or referral to university or community resources in the spirit of and in compliance with the Athletic Department Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy.
  • Assisting and/or providing appropriate psychological service and support to crisis situations involving student-athletes.
  • Assisting in expanding departmental knowledge and understanding of human development and behavior as they relate to sports participation and its effect on mental health. Collaborating on or developing educational programs, particularly programming related to diversity and inclusion, when requested by student-athletes and/or staff.
  • Counseling and teaching student-athletes the skills and strategies that result in consistently high levels of athletic, academic, personal and interpersonal performance at a Division I institution.
  • Assisting the Sports Psychologist and Associate Sports Psychologist in serving as a liaison between the departmental sport psychology office and the departmental academic affairs staff, departmental medical staff and the neuropsychology assessment lab regarding learning disability, ADD, ADHD and concussion assessments, as well as appropriate psychological response plans associated with each issue.
  • Potentially supervising graduate students, providing practicum services to student-athletes.
  • Working in collaboration with coaches, sports medicine (MDs and ATCs), strength and conditioning coaches, academic staff, nutrition staff, compliance staff and various internal/external constituencies. Recording and maintaining psychological records for diagnosis and treatment in a secure manner and in accordance with departmental, university, state and federal guidelines.
  • And additional duties as deemed necessary by the Sports Psychologist.

Starting salary commensurate with degree and experience.

Required qualifications include:
  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D. in Psychology, Psy.D. or Ed.D.) OR master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from a CACREP-accredited program OR master's in social work from a CSWE-accredited program.
  • Licensed or license-eligible in the state of Virginia. If not currently licensed in Virginia, must obtain a Virginia psychologist license within one year of employment.
  • Minimum one year of experience with Division I student-athletes or athletes with comparable or higher competitive levels.
  • At least two years of practicing in the field of psychology/mental health.
  • Experience providing mental health services to diverse ethnic and cultural populations.
  • Experience includes, but is not limited to, clinical, counseling, career planning, crisis intervention, transitional, substance abuse, gender issues, eating disorders, relationship issues, injury recovery and sport performance.
  • Must maintain a current mental health license in Virginia by completing the annual requirements of continuing education units (CEUs).

Preferred qualifications include:
  • Clinical experience with substance abuse in a student-athlete population.
  • Consultation experience within a university athletics department.
  • If from a doctoral program, that it be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and completion of a pre-doctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).


COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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