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Sport Psychologist, SOF - IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)


Job Title: Sports Psychologist, SOF
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: IMG Performance
Position Summary: Train SOF (Special Operations Forces) personnel to develop and use the psychological skills necessary to perform optimally in training and operations, realize their potential, and increase their overall physical and emotional well-being.


Position Responsibilities

  •  Teaches SOF personnel specific mental, behavioral, psychosocial, perceptual, and emotional control skills and strategies to improve performance during training and operational evolutions.
  •  Advises the HPP Manager and SMO in matters relating to mental performance, exercise and sports psychology.
  •  Provides psychological advice to SOF personnel based on evidence-based peer-reviewed literature.
  •  Provides information about psychological factors in sport, exercise, and physical activity to individuals and groups.
  •  Assist the HPP Staff with goal-setting, performance profiling, visualization, and performance planning.
  •  Participates in periodic meetings to review human performance training provided to patients and identifies opportunities for improvement.
  •  Collaborates throughout the HPP to enhance the quality and effectiveness of mental and human performance development and expertise delivered.
  •  Conducts periodic literature reviews to ensure the HPP stays current with the provision of care.
  •  Supports research conducted under supervision of the HPP Manager.
  •  Provides input for the development and utilization of relevant databases.
  •  Participates in peer (record) reviews for the HPP staff (quarterly for non-privileged healthcare providers).
  •  Collects and reports workload data as requested by the HP manager.
  •  Assists the HPP manager in developing and maintaining practice guidelines to ensure consistency of care across all HPP facilities.
  •  Develops and promulgates training opportunities for the HPP Staff to enhance career development, potential for advancement and to further professional expertise.
  •  Demonstrate integrity and character in understanding and abiding by the rules and policies of IMG and all governing bodies.
  •  Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  •  Doctoral degree in Human Performance of Kinesiology, or Exercise and Sport Sciences with a specialization in Sport Psychology. *Masters level applications will only be considered if there is significant experience in elite sport or (SOF) military settings.
  •  Minimum of 5 years of experience in sport psychology and demonstrated experience working with elite athletes.
  •  Excellent written and verbal presentation skills with the ability to interface with a variety of audiences.
  •  Ability and desire to work collaboratively with colleagues.

Preferred Skills

  •  Certification as a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is desired.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  •  Capable of meeting physical demand of training with SOF including the ability to hike over rough terrain and function in austere environments to observe SOF training evolutions and the ability to assist with strength and conditioning testing and training protocols.
  •  Ability to lift, move, push and pull equipment or weights in excess of 45 lbs.
  •  Ability to handle outdoor temperatures for a reasonable period of time.
  •  Must be able to move around campus which includes gym, turf, fields, etc.
  •  Ability to work flexible hours to include nights, weekends and holidays is required.

Background Requirements

  •  Requires a background check upon offer
  •  Requires a drug check upon offer

Application Materials

  •  Personal Statement
  •  Curriculum Vitae
  •  DVD/Video of presenting (highly desirable but not required)
  •  References to be contacted

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