Senior Performance Psychologist

Posted on March 12, 2021 by

NSWIS is offering an exciting opportunity to fill a full-time Senior Sport Psychologist role that will work with Paddle Australia and Rowing Australia.

The Senior Performance Psychologist role will provide ‘world class’ performance psychology technical expertise, services and support to athletes and coaches as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team for allocated sports. Working closely with the athlete’s primary coach, the Senior Performance Psychologist will develop tools and strategies which improve athlete decision making under pressure. It is an expected requirement of the role to be based in Penrith 3 days per week, from either the Paddle Australia office at the National White-Water Centre or from the Rowing Australia Hancock Prospecting Sheds; with the other 2 days based at the NSWIS Sydney Olympic Park Head Office.

This is a fulltime position beginning 21st April 2021, offering a competitive salary which will be negotiated based on the successful candidates experience and demonstrated competency. The contact period is until 31 December 2024.

This is an identified position requiring a Working with Children Check.

For further information about the role and the key accountabilities please see the job description.

Role Description


About you

With appointment at the Senior Sport Psychologist level you will have:

  • 6+ years of experience in high performance sport across different sports and/or levels of the high-performance athlete pathway.
  • Proven success in utilising sport psychology knowledge for planning, periodising and managing athletes across multiple seasons/campaigns to support medal-winning performance (or equivalent) at a senior international level.
  • Proven capability to work in an integrated multi-disciplinary environment with high performance teams including coaches and athletes.
  • Proven experience implementing case management or triage processes to ensure appropriate care and referrals are accessible.
  • Proven experience in developing and influencing individual and team performance planning, monitoring and review processes to achieve performance objectives.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Highly developed understanding of factors and frameworks relating to athlete availability, performance under pressure, mental health, social issues, major transitions, safety/protection and coaching best practice.
  • Highly developed communication skills including interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and representation.


About us

The NSW Institute of Sport [NSWIS] is a high-performance sporting organisation that supports Australian athletes to become world’s best. We reach all regions of NSW with an Olympic and Paralympic training facility based at Sydney Olympic Park and high-performance hubs across NSW that provide world class daily training environments for our athletes and coaches. Our experts work in collaboration with partners within the national sporting system to create and deliver high performance support services and environments to prepare athletes and coaches for international competition.


Essential Requirements

  • Degree in Psychology or related field, with a PhD in Sport Psychology desirable
  • Registered psychologist with AHPRA
  • Sport Psychology endorsement from AHPRA or equivalent
  • Extensive experience in the provision and application of performance/sport psychology services
  • SIA Level 1 Anti-Doping Certificate and Annual renewal (formerly ASADA)
  • Clean Sport 101 Certificate
  • First Aid and Resuscitation certificate
  • Current driver’s license


Applying for the role

To apply for this role please submit:

  1. A cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements and focus capabilities for the role (maximum two pages)
  2. An up-to-date CV outlining experience, qualifications, and achievements (please include at least two referees)
  3. A response to the pre-screening questions.


Pre-screening questions:

In 400 words or less, please describe:

  1. Your process for establishing team and individual performance objectives and development plans that lead to change and overcoming performance gaps?
  2. How do you measure and demonstrate impact for applied sport psychology support provision?


If you would like to enquire about the role please contact Dale Chapman, Manager, Sport Science at 02 9763 0222.

To apply complete your application via the by midnight 31 March 2021. Only those applications which address the selection criteria and focus capabilities will be considered by the Selection Panel.

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Commitment to Diversity

The NSW Institute of Sport is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce which reflects our community, sport partners and athletes. We encourage applications from suitable candidates including; of all ages, genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, veterans, refugees, LGBTIQ+ community and people with disability

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