Arsenal Women Football Club (AWFC) is searching for a full-time Psychologist to lead and support the delivery of a congruent psychology and wellbeing service for its First Team, focusing delivery on psychological support, assessment, intervention and consultation for players - on and off the pitch. This will include coaches and key stakeholders within the Women's Team. Supervision is offered to support in delivering this purpose. The position is full-time, 5 days per week (includes some antisocial hours such as evening and weekends) and will involve observation at training and games.
Reporting to the Club's Head of Psychology & Wellbeing, the successful candidate will:
- Deliver high quality support to Arsenal Women First Team
- Ensure that the ethical standards required of the Psychology and Wellbeing Team are upheld
- Engage and work collaboratively with colleagues
- Impact-assess, as well as evaluate, formulations, interventions, processes and outcomes
- Communicate with all relevant stakeholders internally - AWFC First Team Head Coach, Head of Women's Football, assistant coaches, multi-disciplinary service leads, Safeguarding and Head of Psychology and Wellbeing
- Plan and propose the annual Psychology and Wellbeing budget spend within AWFC
- Ensure the delivery of timely needs-focused psychological support to AWFC players
- Offer a variety of psychological perspectives within a multidisciplinary context
- Model and promote values - such as respect, integrity and humility
- Design, position and deliver practical interventions that enable players to thrive on and off the pitch
- Maintain accurate, contemporaneous records of key professional interactions
To apply, please ensure you meet the person specification criteria below, and submit a CV and accompanying cover letter of no more than 2 pages, before 3pm on Friday 12 March. Your cover letter should outline how, in your work, you apply any three aspects of the 'essential qualities and experience' listed in the Person Specification.
- Must be qualified to Masters Level in Psychology or Sports Psychology. Can be studying for a doctorate or have obtained a doctoral qualification
- Must be willing to undertake, be currently undertaking, or have already completed professional body status such as HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist
ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND EXPERIENCE
Must be able to demonstrate:
- A professional commitment to the value of the biopsychosocial perspective
- An awareness of gender and diversity issues in sport and society
- Evidence of working successfully with footballers/high performance athletes and staff
- Applied skills in understanding and using evidence-based/research-informed psychological frameworks and models to improve performance
- Capabilities and experience in formulation, need identification, intervention and solution design/evaluation with an 'assess-plan-do-review' cycle
- Knowledge of safeguarding processes and procedures
- A professional commitment to critical reflection and continuing professional development
- A desire to build relationships through working collaboratively with empathy
Desirable attributes and experience:
- A professional commitment to exploring and applying multiple ways of looking in order to find solutions
- A professional commitment to working openly with contextually relevant teams, such as the Sports Medicine and Performance team
- An interest in emerging research in the fields of psychology/sports psychology and a willingness to share and discuss research
- An understanding of the role of psychology in contributing to individual and team wellbeing
- Able to support the learning of others in the application of psychological knowledge, skills and processes
- Communicates the nature and purpose of ideas and approaches to suit specific audiences
- Knows the professional boundaries of their practice and when/how to make suitable referrals
Equal Opportunities Policy
We are committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment and our employment policies for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability or gender reassignment.
Disability Confident Leader
We are a Disability Confident Leader. We actively welcome applications from people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. If disability-related adjustments to the recruitment process are required, this should be indicated on the application.
If a person is likely to meet the definition of being a 'disabled person' according to the Equality Act 2010, we will offer an interview if the minimum criteria is met for the role. The option of a guaranteed interview should be requested. The information shared with us about health or disability will not be used in recruitment decisions.
Closing Date: 11/03/2021