Women's Team Psychologists - Casual

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
30 / 08
The Football Association is seeking to recruit experienced, passionate, driven sport psychologists to work as part of a collaborative sport psychology team supporting England Women's age-group teams. The roles will suit psychologists who have experience working collaboratively in high performance teams to positively impact performance and enhance positive mental health. The roles will be recruited on a casual contract with circa 50 days or more per annum depending upon team requirements. All roles will involve national and international travel to support England Teams prepare for and play international fixtures and tournaments.

Full description

Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams.

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

This is a unique and exciting time to join The FA and the Technical Team will be integral to the organisation achieving its goals.

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Role Description

The Football Association is seeking to recruit experienced, passionate, driven sport psychologists to work as part of a collaborative sport psychology team supporting England Women's age-group teams. The roles will suit psychologists who have experience working collaboratively in high performance teams to positively impact performance and enhance positive mental health. The roles will be recruited on a casual contract with circa 50 days or more per annum depending upon team requirements. All roles will involve national and international travel to support England Teams prepare for and play international fixtures and tournaments.

Key Accountabilities

Proactively lead and enable the delivery of a clearly defined and aligned performance-driven psychology strategy to a specified age-group team.You will work with key stakeholders to improve performance through the development, effective implementation, and robust evaluation of sport psychology support. You will report to the head of psychology and deliver comprehensive support aligned to the wider sport psychology strategy.

Examples of key accountabilities:

  • Where appropriate, provide targeted psychology support directly to a select number of players and coaches
  • Develop a robust process for ensuring performance impact is measurable and visible to all stakeholders
  • 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
  • Quality assure the delivery of a performance focussed psychology service in line with the training and match/tournament objectives of England players
  • Support the head of psychology in the evolution of the psycho-social strategy
  • Where appropriate, identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, including workshops, to inform and educate players, coaches, and key stakeholders in the effective use of psychology support
  • Assis the mental health governance group to support positive mental health and well-being throughout the women's programme.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

What we are looking for

Essential

Knowledge

  • BSc and MSc in psychology/sport psychology (or relevant equivalent)
  • British Psychological Society Chartered Status or BASES Support Accredited (or equivalent)
  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Experience

  • Extensive experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of psychological support to high performance sport
  • Extensive experience in providing performance impacting psychological support to tactical / decision making-sports
  • Experience of providing support that targets the optimisation of team dynamics/behaviour
  • Have travelled with a team to major international competition at senior or junior level (e.g. Olympic or Paralympic Games, World or European Championships, Commonwealth Games or professional equivalent)
  • Experience of working closely with and directly advising senior stakeholders within a National Governing Body (i.e. programme managers, head coach, Technical Director, General Manager etc)

Technical Skills

  • Verbal and written knowledge of English language
  • Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders

Desirable

Knowledge

  • PhD in psychology/sport psychology or relevant equivalent

Experience

  • Experience of coaching

What we can offer you

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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