Sport Psychologist, Embedded in Athletics

University of Notre Dame,

Department of Athletics
Last Posted:

Fri, Jan 22nd, '21


Applications will be accepted until 3/3/2021.

Start Date:

Anticipated start date of August 1, 2021.

Last Updated:

Fri, Jan 22nd, '21


Sport Psychologist, Embedded in Athletics

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Sport Psychologist, Embedded in Athletics.

Applications will be accepted until 3/3/2021.

The University of Notre Dame Department of Athletics has a very ambitious mission - to cultivate the holistic formation of student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence. At Notre Dame, participating in intercollegiate athletics means much more than just engaging in training and competition — it is a central component of a student's education and development. To best fulfill this mission, we aim to maintain an environment that allows student-athletes to feel safe yet uncomfortable, a unique balance of challenge and support. After all, that is where growth happens.

We all know growth doesn't always come easy and it certainly doesn't occur in a silo. When you come to Notre Dame, you are truly entering a community; one that is based on support, collaboration, and a commitment to the mission. Regardless of your role, you will be challenged to consider ways that you can innovate and improve, not only for yourself but for the greater university community.

The Sport Psychology Program, a collaborative effort between the Department of Athletics and the University Counseling Center, is a critical element of this community. In fostering holistic formation, mental/emotional health and well-being are big pieces of the puzzle. If student-athletes are struggling in their personal life, it is sure to trickle into their athletic/academic performance, and vice versa. Although the provision of individual and group counseling services are essential parts of the job, your impact will extend far beyond the therapy room. Engaging with coaches, administrators, sports medicine, and athletic department staff to equip them with tools necessary to promote mental health and high performance is central to advancing our mission. Sport Psychologists are positioned to creatively call upon their knowledge and skills to support student-athletes, bolster the Notre Dame community, and shape the evolving Sport Psychology Program to best meet the unique clinical and performance-based needs of the department.

Job Responsibilities:
The Sport Psychologist reports directly to the Assistant Director of the University Counseling Center and Sports Psychology Program Director. This position is responsible for providing counseling and sport psychology services within a multidisciplinary environment consisting of Sports Medicine (i.e., team physicians, athletic trainers), Strength and Conditioning, and Sports Nutrition. Through close collaboration, this team of professionals provides integrated and comprehensive care that addresses the entire spectrum of student athlete wellbeing to enhance their personal, social, emotional, academic, and athletic growth and performance.

The Sport Psychologist is involved in the following professional activities: the provision of individual and group psychological services to a diverse student athlete population presenting with a broad range of diagnoses and concerns including psychological, social, developmental, or other difficulties that interfere with a student's academic and athletic success; the design, execution, and evaluation of psychoeducational programming for the Athletic Department often in conjunction with the office of Student Welfare and Development; the implementation of individual and team-based performance enhancement interventions; the provision of clinical supervision to post-doctoral candidates or to doctoral interns within the UCC's APA Accredited doctoral internship program; and administrative activities to support the Sport Psychology Program. As a member of the UCC staff, the Sport Psychologist also attends UCC staff meetings, participates in UCC professional development activities, and is available to assist the UCC as needed in the provision of clinical services to the general student body.

Anticipated start date of August 1, 2021.

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.
•Evidence of outstanding skills in clinical assessment, psychotherapy, crisis management, and psycho-education.
•Two years of experience (can include internship) providing mental health counseling and performance enhancement services to athletes, preferably in a university or college counseling center setting.
•Interest in engaging in the typical work of a university counseling center, including short-term counseling, group counseling, crisis work, outreach, consultation, and training.
•Demonstrated sensitivity to multicultural issues and proven ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups..
•Ability to provide supervision to psychologists-in-training.
•Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
•Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
•Ability to problem-solve, handle sensitive information and nuanced situations.
•A solid understanding of boundaries and professional ethics

Preferred Qualifications:
•Experience and interest in supporting and empowering individuals from underrepresented and marginalized communities.
•Proficiency in addressing aspects of students’ intersecting identities within the context of psychotherapy.
•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 # S21187. 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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