Sport Psychologist/Athletic Counselor position- Univ of Minnesota Athletics

Posted: March 11, 2020

Sport Psychologist/Athletic Counselor, University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics


Premier Sport Psychology, PLLC


Minneapolis metro area in Minnesota


Full-Time, Permanent


Premier Sport Psychology is a private consulting practice based in Minneapolis, MN that provides both mental health and performance-enhancement services to athletes of all ages and levels. Premier Sport Psychology contracts with several collegiate athletic departments, local professional sports organizations and USA National Teams to offer sport psychology services. We also serve a broad spectrum of individual athletes, performers and business executives in our private practice.

Position Summary:

Premier Sport Psychology is pleased to offer a full-time, Sport Psychologist/Athletic Counselor position that will be primarily housed in the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics department, with some secondary time in a private practice setting. The position is designed for an individual who is interested in working as part of a sport psychology team in collegiate athletics with 2 other part-time sport psychologists.


This position is responsible for providing both mental health and mental performance services to collegiate student-athletes. The position will have a clinical rotation on-site in the athletics department at the University of Minnesota at minimum 3-4 days x week, with the remainder of the time being flexible to spend either on-site in an athletic department for a local, private university or in a private practice setting working with kids, teens and adult athletes/performers. There are additional opportunities to assist in providing services to other high school, collegiate or professional organizations as well, contracts depending.

A successful candidate will:

  • Provide individual, short- and long-term multicultural-sensitive mental health counseling for student-athletes with diverse presenting concerns in an athletic department setting.
  • Provide group counseling for student-athletes.
  • Engage in identification of, treatment planning for and referral of student-athletes who require a higher level of or specialized mental health care.
  • Function as an integral member of a multidisciplinary sports medical team including athletic trainers, team physicians, psychiatrists and sport dietitians.
  • Provide consultation to athletic department staff, including coaches, administrators, academic counselors and health & performance unit members.
  • Provide education and outreach to student-athletes, coaches, and other department staff on mental health and well-being.
  • Develop and support various initiatives to promote overall athlete health, resilience, and wellness in collaboration with various campus groups.
  • Collaborate with campus mental health services effectively.
  • Manage sensitive and confidential information related to student-athletes, coaches, and staff utilizing discretion and in accordance with procedures, laws, and ethical codes.
  • Provide sport psychology team sessions, presentations, or workshops to athletic department sports teams.
  • Participate in case management, business meetings, and professional development activities.
  • Maintain excellent record-keeping and exhibit strong communication skills.
  • Comply with all applicable National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations in the performance of job duties.
  • Other duties as assigned (e.g., assist with administrative activities, etc.).
  • Some evening hours may be required.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires current Minnesota license in clinical/counseling psychology, LPC/LICSW/LMFT or license eligible in Minnesota, in a related field.
  • At least 1-3 years of experience post-graduate providing mental health services.
  • Ability to obtain MN license within 6 months of employment.

Minimum Competencies/ Skills:

  • Strong generalist with knowledge and experience in providing mental health counseling to college student-athletes.
  • Ability to adapt to complex situations and work independently.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills required to initiate and foster relationships with student-athletes, coaches, staff, other clinicians, and various stakeholders.
  • Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to provide multicultural-sensitive clinical services.
  • Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to proficiently conduct, document, and evaluate individual, crisis intervention, and consultation/outreach with a college-aged population.
  • Ability to utilize an electronic health record system.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience post-graduate providing mental health services to college student-athletes or serving as the primary mental health provider/consultant to a collegiate athletic department is preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a university counseling center and working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Psy.D/Ph.D in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Eligible to be a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

Preferred Competencies/ Skills:

  • Knowledge and experience in providing mental performance services to athletic teams.
  • Knowledge and experience in consulting with Athletics department staff, including coaches, administration, academics, sports medicine, and sports nutrition.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with athletes with eating and/or substance use concerns.
  • Knowledge, skills, and expertise required to proficiently conduct and evaluate supervision and training.


Compensation is competitive, based on education and experience. Depending on performance and workload, bonus opportunities are available. Benefits include health insurance, malpractice insurance, contributions to a retirement plan (after 1 year of tenure), as well as a flexible schedule. The position will also receive professional development time and funds (to be determined). The position will also benefit from regular didactic educational opportunities in-house and consultation with a team of 15+ sport psychology professionals at Premier Sport Psychology.

If interested, please submit:

  • Premier Employment Application Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 2-3 Professional References

All questions and submissions should be referred to:

[email protected]
Premier Sport Psychology
7401 Metro Blvd, Suite 510
Edina, MN 55439


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.