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Senior Mental Performance Consultant (5173U) 39270
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 20, 2022
Title Senior Mental Performance Consultant (5173U) 39270
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Curatorial/Archival
    Athletics and Recreation Services

Senior Mental Performance Consultant (5173U) 39270

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics consists of more than 300 staff members and coaches and sponsors 30 varsity sports programs. These 30 programs include more than 900 student-athletes who participate in the various sports programs annually within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). We are currently seeking an inaugural full-time Senior Mental Performance Consultant who will work within the department's Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development. The position will report to the Director, Mental Performance & Leadership Development. We are searching for a professional who is currently a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (or has completed all coursework and mentored experience requirements).

The Senior Mental Performance Consultant will provide comprehensive mental performance consultation services to optimize mindset, performance, and sport involvement of student-athletes and coaches. This position will encompass a caseload model of teams, offering one-on-one sessions for student-athletes, mental training programs for teams, and consultation for coaches. The focus of sessions includes mental performance optimization and support for sport well-being, such as confidence, resilience, attentional focus, emotion regulation, motivation, sport enjoyment, team culture, and leadership. This position does not provide mental health counseling or clinical diagnosis and is charged with referring potential mental health concerns to the University Health Services Tang Center and appropriate clinicians.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 28, 2022


  • Provide individual mental performance consultation to student-athletes
  • Provide mental training programs through team workshops tailored to the unique needs of each assigned team
  • Provide consultation and mental skills instruction to coaches to enhance coaching effectiveness, including train-the-trainer
  • Ensure early identification of potential mental health concerns that should be referred to our psychologists and social workers to ensure holistic student-athlete care
  • Attend practices and games, including observation, feedback, and provision of mental performance services to assist athletes and coaches in overcoming barriers to optimal performance
  • Collaborate with the Director of Mental Performance & Leadership Development to promote the optimal environment for performance excellence using best practices, evidence-based strategies, and peer consultation
  • Conduct multi-method assessment to identify needs, areas for improvement, and presenting concerns
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of mental performance services provided
  • Meet with each head coach of assigned teams bi-annually to review overall strategic progress, identify goals, and establish upcoming mental performance consultation services at the team, student-athlete, and coach levels
  • Meet with prospective student-athletes during campus visits

Required Qualifications

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) (or has completed all coursework and mentored experience requirements)
  • Knowledgeable about performance psychology theories and frameworks and their application to practice
  • Advanced knowledge of consulting and counseling skills
  • Experience providing brief and long-term individual mental performance consultation with athletes
  • Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive mental training programs for teams
  • Experience providing mental performance services to diverse populations
  • Understanding about the mental factors most associated with different types of sports
  • Proven track record in maintaining effective relationships with athletes, coaches, and support staff
  • Multiple years' post-graduate experience working as a mental performance consultant with elite athletes (e.g., collegiate, semi-professional, or professional)
  • Experienced and skilled in consulting and collaborating with mental health professionals, athletic trainers, physicians, dietitians, coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, and other athletics staff
  • Committed to providing culturally appropriate and responsive services to clients with historically marginalized and oppressed identities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ability, and socioeconomic status
  • Demonstrates a sophisticated multicultural understanding (e.g. race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin) of self in the context of others (e.g., biases, EQ)
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical issues in mental performance consultation, and adhere to the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) code of ethics
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively with different diverse groups and personnel
  • Skilled in needs assessment and establishment of agreed outcomes with clients
  • Position requires exceptional political sensitivity, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively across and outside the organization at all levels in a collaborative manner
  • Committed to continued personal and professional development
  • Documented history of professional excellence (e.g., conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal publications, and professional award recognition)


  • Doctoral or Master's Degree in Sport Psychology or related field (e.g., related to mental performance)
  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) (or has completed all coursework and mentored experience requirements)
  • 5 years of experience in Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-graduate experience working full-time as a mental performance consultant
  • Previous experience at a Division I Power 5 Conference institution
  • Experience working with college student-athletes
  • Experience providing mental performance services with athletes and coaches across different types of sports
  • Experience providing executive coaching or train-the-trainer services
  • Knowledgeable about assessment methods for team selection
  • Knowledgeable about mental health and developmental issues of student-athletes at a highly competitive university

Salary & Benefits

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How to Apply

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Other Information

  • This is a full-time (40 hrs/week), career position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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