Psychologist- Athletics Focus

Texas State University,

Dept of Athletics & Counseling Center
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Last Posted:

Tue, Jun 18th, '24


Priority application review date: July 12, 2024; position open until filled

Start Date:

Negotiable; As soon as possible and by late Summer/early Fall

Last Updated:

Tue, Jun 18th, '24

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  • Full Time

The Texas State University Counseling Center works with a student community from a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences. To that end staff strives to provide services and programs within a framework responsive to and affirming of students and seeks professional colleagues interested in joining a team committed to enhancing campus services to better support all students.. Accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS), the Counseling Center is also proud to host a well-respected APA-accredited doctoral internship program as well as practicum training and a post-doctoral residency

This full time 12 month position is shared with and fully embedded within the Department of Athletics in partnership with the Counseling Center. Texas State University is a member of the Sunbelt Conference and is a member of the NCAA Division 1. In the mission statement, the Department of Athletics shares their philosophy: The Texas State Athletics department is committed to a championship environment that cultivates competitive excellence, academic success, personal growth, brand awareness and promotes University and community pride.”

The successful candidate will have a generalist orientation and evidence knowledge and experiences responsive to the variety of presentations and backgrounds of student athletes. Also, the successful candidate will provide services and programs in support of the emotional/psychological and personal well-being of intercollegiate athletes as well as provide consultative services to the staff of the Department of Athletics. In addition, they will possess specific interests in providing services which support the mission of an engaged university counseling program located within a Division of Student Success, the Department of Athletics, and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

This position is housed in a location convenient to student athletes. The position will report to the Senior Associate Athletics Director and the Counseling Center Director (or their designees), operate within the processes/guidelines of the Department of Athletics and the NCAA, and will abide by Counseling Center policies and procedures.

Responsibilities include:

  • Time-effective personal counseling (individual and group)
  • Initial clinical assessment & triage
  • Crisis intervention
  • Outreach programming
  • Consultation services and training with coaches, medical staff, and athletic administration
  • Maintaining an awareness of and ability to work within NCAA policies
  • Exhibit an ability to navigate complex professional and administrative roles while maintaining strong professional relationships and appropriate boundaries
  • Clinical assessment
  • Clinical training & supervision, as available
  • Administrative duties (including staff and committee meetings)
  • Professional development/continuing professional education
  • Adherence to ethical codes of conduct and services
  • Providing services within a high demand/fast paced setting
  • Conduct services in-person or via a secure virtual platform.
  • Other duties as assigned.

- Health insurance: various coverage options starting your first day of employment for full-time employees with Texas State paying 100% of the employee premium and 50% for your dependents!

• Generous paid time off: vacation, holidays, sick days and many more!
• Excellent work life balance resources: mother and family-friendly resources in addition to a comprehensive FREE wellness program
• Great training and development opportunities: choose from a variety of classroom and online course offerings, learning resources, certifications, and employee educational support programs.
• An inclusive Bobcat community: join our many social networks offered on and off-campus
• Retirement peace of mind: TRS pension, retirement plans and voluntary saving options with generous employer contributions

By joining the Texas State Bobcat team, you’ll be a part of one of the most beautiful, diverse, and growing universities in the nation.Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, 

- Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

- Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

- Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

University Description

Texas State University is a four-year, comprehensive doctoral granting public university with an enrollment of over 38,600 students. It is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and has been classified as a High Research University.  The main campus is located in San Marcos and the Health Sciences campus is located in Round Rock.

For more University information please visit:  About : Texas State University ( 

Region Description

San Marcos is located in the Texas Hill Country at the mouth of the San Marcos River. The city offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, art, music, shopping, and community service. Also, San Marcos is located between Austin and San Antonio; the outskirts of these cities are within a 15-30 minute drive. Both of those cities also have major airports that offer service and connections to various destinations.

  • Doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical psychology from an APA accredited program
  • Completion of an APA accredited internship;
  • Experience in providing crisis intervention services;
  • Experience providing consultation services;
  • Experience developing and providing prevention related programming;
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Candidate must be eligible for (or currently possess) licensure as a psychologist in the State of Texas. License must be obtained within 24 months of start date and must be maintained to remain eligible for employment
  • A minimum one year of clinical experience in a higher education counseling setting or with a similar adult population, may include pre-doctoral internship or postdoctoral residency
  • Experience working with the specific needs of student athletes
  • Experience consulting with sports medicine professionals, coaches, and other athletics staff;
  • Interest/experience providing services to populations working in high-performance programs/professions;
  • Experience with athletics performance-based interventions and measurement processes/techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, campus departments, and student groups;
  • Experience providing services to First Gen student populations;
  • Ability/experience providing services within a high demand/fast paced setting;
  • Possess interpersonal flexibility with a sense of humor;
  • An awareness of the importance of life balance;
  • Commitment to the developmental approach to student services.



Must attach to your application: a Vita, Cover Letter addressing qualifications of the position and a list of 4 to 5 professional references, including those knowledgeable of clinical work and previous experience with student athletes.