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Sport Psychologist, Coordinator of Athletics Counseling Services

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Student Affairs, Counseling

The Counseling Center at Pepperdine University promotes mental health on the Pepperdine campus through direct intervention, outreach/prevention programming, consultation, and training. The sport psychologist will provide clinical and sport/performance services to student athletes, and provide clinical services to the general student population. They will also coordinate care for our student athletes, including counseling, outreach, and consultation. As part of their responsibilities, they will provide clinical supervision for the Counseling Center's Post-Doctoral fellowship program. As a staff member in Student Affairs who works closely with students, this person serves as a Christian role model to students. In the Counseling Center, we seek to hire, retain, and mentor talented employees who share a love for Pepperdine, its students, and its mission. With psychological wellness in place, students are able to fulfill the University's mission. We are strengthening students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.


  • Provide therapy for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.
  • Provide clinical supervision for Post-doctoral fellow.
  • Conduct preventative psycho-educational workshops (for the student-athlete or general student community) on various mental health topics.
  • Provide consultation to faculty, staff, and parents regarding students of concern; assist in training regarding campus mental health issues.
  • Document and maintain client files.
  • Manage crisis situations and provide crisis intervention for students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Serve on the Residential Emergency Response Team by supporting the Pepperdine community in case of natural or other disasters.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Training in sport psychology. Licensed or license eligible within one year as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor, or social worker. Verifiable training and experience working with individuals of diverse racial, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds. Proficiency in individual therapy, crisis intervention/management. Ability to work with students and parents with a variety of presentations. Ability to collaborate with other professionals who serve students. Committed to equity and inclusion and vested in sustaining a culture with those values. Proficiency with PCs, Windows-based software, Standard MS Office applications. 

Preferred: Licensed as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, professional clinical counselor, or social worker. Certification as a Mental Performance Consultant or working towards certification through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), to be attained within 1 year of hire. Experience providing both clinical and sport/performance services to student-athletes. Able to provide clinical supervision in CA. Experience working in and/or in close collaboration with a University Athletics department. University Counseling Center experience. A minimum of three years verifiable experience working in a mental health setting with young adults, adults, and couples experiencing emotional problems. Interest in group therapy, developing outreach events, and collaborating with other departments. Experience using Titanium, SPSS. Personal faith in Jesus Christ; active involvement in a local church; demonstrated support for the Christian mission of the University.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Expected Pay Range: $85,850 - $101,000 per year 

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

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