Assistant Director of UCC, Clinical & Sport Psychology Program Director, Embedded in Athletics

University of Notre Dame,

University Counseling Center (UCC)
Last Posted:

Tue, Jul 14th, '20


Applications will be accepted until 8/2/2020.

Start Date:


Last Updated:

Tue, Jul 14th, '20


Assistant Director of UCC, Clinical & Sport Psychology Program Director, Embedded in Athletics

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Assistant Director of UCC, Clinical & Sport Psychology Program Director, Embedded in Athletics.

Applications will be accepted until 8/2/2020.

The University Counseling Center (UCC), at the University of Notre Dame, seeks an Assistant Director and Clinical & Sport Psychology Program Director for a joint collaboration between the UCC and the Athletic Department to enhance the personal, social, emotional, academic, and athletic growth and performance of the University of Notre Dame varsity student-athletes. The successful talented and enthusiastic clinician will join our experienced team of mental health professionals at an exciting time of re-envisioning mental health care and health and wellness promotion on campus. As an integral part of the Health and Wellness Unit, within the Division of Student Affairs, the UCC supports the University's tradition of wellness with quality services, resources, and education to promote the development of healthy students and foster campus well-being.

The Assistant Director of the University Counseling Center and Clinical and Sport Psychology Program Director is a member of the UCC staff who has specialized knowledge and training in the culture of sport. The cllinician in this position is embedded within the Athletic Department to provide over site of the Counseling and Sport Psychology Program. Job responsibilities include: 1) Develop pro-active strategic initiatives to integrate mental health information and support into all aspects of student athlete development; 2) Participate in leadership teams within the Athletic Department representing the Clinical and Sport Psychology program, fostering relationships with key constituents, and sharing expertise on mental health and wellness with the student athlete population and Athletic Department Staff; 3) Provide leadership to the Clinical and Sport Psychology Team; 4) Meet regularly with the UCC Director to provide updates on the Clinical and Sport Psychology Program; 5) Work with UCC fellow psychologists, athletic trainers, team physicians, sports dieticians, strength and conditioning coaches, and other support staff for integrated service provision.

Direct service responsibilities include: 1) Providing individual and group counseling primarily for and preferentially to student-athletes including psychological assessment, treatment, and crisis management; 2) Consulting, training, and offering educational outreach to student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department staff on issues impacting student-athletes , i.e., body image and disordered eating, injury, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse; 3) Offering both individual and team sport psychology strategies related to sport or position-specific skills needed for optimal performance; 4) Contributing to delivery of key personal development topics such as transitioning in and out of the university, athlete identity, interpersonal relationships, cultivating resilience and grit, healthy striving and stress management; 5) Continuing the development and implementation of goals, philosophies, policies, and procedures for meeting the psychological needs of student-athletes; 6) Coordinating care and communication between the Athletic Department and University service providers and administration as needed; 7) Serving as a clearinghouse for external sport psychology service provision; and 8) Provide supervision and training in the area of clinical and sport psychology to post-doctoral and doctoral psychology interns in an APA accredited doctoral internship program when needed.

As a member of the UCC staff, the staff member in this position will also be available to provide some clinical services to non-student-athletes, attend UCC staff meetings, and participate in other UCC professional development activities.

The University of Notre Dame, a Catholic institution founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is one of America's leading undergraduate teaching institutions, and is also at the forefront in research and scholarship. The University strives to educate our students holistically - mind, body, and spirit, and promote diversity and inclusion through academic inquiry and programs that reflect a foundational belief in the dignity of all. These values closely align with the UCC's commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment where individuals of many social, economic, cultural, religious, ideological, racial, and ethnic backgrounds are supported in addressing their developmental and mental health concerns.

Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2020. Position is full-time, 12 months.

Minimum Qualifications:
•Doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology from an APA accredited Program and licensure as a psychologist and Health Service Provider in Psychology within the first year of employment.
Master’s degree in Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy, or Social Work from an accredited program and clinical licensure in the State of Indiana before the start date.
• Two -five years of experience (can include internship) providing mental health counseling, preferably in a university or college counseling center working with student athletes.
• Experience in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds is essential as is experience working as a psychologist in an elite and/or intercollegiate athletics setting.
• Demonstrated leadership skills, organization, follow through, and ability to work independently in a responsible manner are essential skills for this position. A solid understanding of boundaries and professional ethics is a must.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to work in a team setting and collaborate with a multidisciplinary staff.
• Interest and ability to engage in the typical work of a university counseling center, including short-term counseling, group counseling, clinical assessment, crisis management, outreach, consultation, and training.
• Ability to problem-solve, handle sensitive information and nuanced situations.

Preferred Qualifications:
•Bilingual or multilingual.
•Applied Association of Sport Psychology – Certified Mental Performance Consultant.

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual "Great Colleges to Work For" survey...and we are proud of it!

This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at

Equal Opportunity Employment StatementThe University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

Please apply online at to Job # S20244. For additional information about working at the University of Notre Dame and various benefits available to employees, please visit The University of Notre Dame supports the needs of dual career couples and has a Dual Career Assistance Program in place to assist relocating spouses and significant others with their job search.

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