BAE30.17 - Senior Performance Psychologist

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Posted: 17/02/2017 10:07
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £43,186 - £50,470 p.a. pro rata
Location: RYA Weymouth
Level: Practitioner
Deadline: 20/03/2017 09:00
Hours: 15 hours
Benefits: 29 days annual leave, career average pension scheme
Job Type: Permanent

JOB DESCRIPTION – LEAD PSYCHOLOGIST WORKING WITH THE BRITISH SAILING TEAM (PART-TIME)

Interview Date: 3rd  April 2017

Salary Scales: £43,186 – £50,470 p.a. pro rata

Grade: Level 3 or Level 4 (Psychology), depending on experience

Hours of Work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This will involve a minimum of 15 and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Location: To be discussed at Interview. The normal place of work is the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA’s) Performance Unit in Portland, however travel within the regional area will be required and the EIS may from time to time require you to travel to and work at other offices.

ROLE SUMMARY

You will lead, monitor and review Performance Psychology support to the World Class programme, working collaboratively to create a world class, high performance training and competition environment. You will enjoy working as part of a team and be a natural problem solver who enjoys planning and considering the future.  As a person you have a natural passion and purposeful approach to your work.

MAIN TASKS AND ACTIVITIES

Work with key stakeholders to improve performance through the development, effective implementation and robust evaluation of performance psychology.

  • Proactively lead and enable the delivery of a clearly defined and aligned performance-driven Psychology Strategy.
  • Quality assure the delivery of a performance focussed psychology service across Olympic sailing classes, in line with the training and competition objectives of the elite sailors and coaches.
  • Where appropriate, provide targeted psychology support directly to a select number of sailors and coaches
  • Develop a robust process for ensuring performance impact is measureable and visible to all stakeholders.
  • Develop (in conjunction with key stakeholders) and lead the ‘decision making’ strand of British Sailing’s strategy.
  • Support development of strategies to develop positive team dynamics and high-performing communication skills under pressure
  • Support development of strategies to develop ability to perform and thrive under pressure
  • Support the Olympic Manager in the preparation & delivery related to Games Preparation Strategy / Team Building.
  • Where appropriate, identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, including workshops, to inform and educate athletes, coaches and Performance Directors in the effective use of psychology support
  • Manage and supervise the work of other Psychologists working with the British Sailing Team, including the setting of robust and challenging objectives and the regular monitoring of performance and supervise project work or applied research within the British Sailing

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

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PERSON SPECIFICATION - PSYCHOLOGIST LEVEL 3

COMPETENCY AREA

ESSENTIAL / DESIRABLE

ASSESSED BY

Qualifications

   

PhD or Masters (or equivalent) in Psychology or Sport Science

Essential

Sight of certificates

British Psychological Society Chartered Status or BASES Support Accredited (or equivalent)

Essential

Sight of certificate

Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Desirable

Sight of accreditation

Experience

 

 

Extensive experience in providing psychological support to athletes and coaches to improve performance.  This must include work with national teams and their athletes *

Essential

Application

Interview

Extensive experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice, including working in an applied and integrated manner

Essential

Application Interview

Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of psychological support to high performance sport

Essential

Application

Interview

Experience in providing performance impacting support to tactical / ‘decision making’ sports.

Desirable

Application

Interview

Demonstrated ability to analyse a range of sports in relation to their psychological needs. To develop, implement and evaluate psychological programmes for individual athletes within these sports

Essential

Practical task Interview

Experience of and ability to modify psychological support programmes according to the results of assessment data, in conjunction with coaches and other support staff

Essential

Application

Interview

Experience of dealing with national performance programmes within National Governing Bodies of sport

Desirable

Application

Interview

Experience of supervising, mentoring and coaching of colleagues and team members

Essential

Application Interview

Experience of supervising a PhD through to completion

Desirable

Application Interview

Have travelled with a team to major international competition at senior or junior level (e.g. Olympic or Paralympic Games, World or European Championships or Commonwealth Games)

Essential

Application

Interview

Experience of strategic planning, implementation and monitoring of psychological support to high performance athletes

Essential

Application

Interview

Experience of coaching

Desirable

Application Interview

Experience of working closely with and directly advising senior stakeholders within an National Governing Body (i.e. programme managers, head coach, Performance Director)

Essential

Application Interview

Experience of providing support that targets the optimisation of team dynamics/behaviour

Essential

Application Interview

Knowledge and Skills

 

 

An understanding of the needs of elite athletes and coaches in a high performance environment

Essential

Interview

An understanding of the various sports science and sports medicine disciplines

Essential

Interview

Knowledge in the theoretical and applied aspects of decision making in elite sport

Essential

Interview

Ability to scientifically validate the methodology of test protocols and data and other relevant scientific data

Essential

Interview

Excellent presentation and communication skills that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance

Essential

Practical task

Interview

Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences

Essential

Practical task

Interview

Can demonstrate the use of excellent questioning skills that is effective in understanding and challenging perception

Essential

Practical task

Interview

An interest in sport and recognition of the importance of promoting and supporting equality, safeguarding and anti-doping within sport

Essential

Interview

Ability to profile psychological needs and produce a plan of intervention which includes clear indicators of behavioural change and performance impact

Essential

Interview

Skilled in building and maintaining productive relationships with high performance staff and athletes within national governing bodies of sport

Desirable

Interview

Can demonstrate knowledge and awareness of Athlete Support Personnel roles and responsibilities under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code

Desirable

Interview

Having the willingness to engage with and support continuous professional development in anti-doping, i.e. UKAD Accredited Advisor Certification

Desirable

Interview

May be required to work with athletes under 18 (DBS check required)

Yes

 

There is a practical task and assessment process involved in the selection of this role. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

To apply:

A. Please upload your CV

B. Please upload your covering letter



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