Company Name:

Oklahoma City Thunder

Location:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Sport Psychology

Work Setting:

Other

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

5 - 10 years

Required Education:

Other

Date Posted:

September 27, 2019

Clinical-Counseling (Sports) Psychologist

The Oklahoma City Thunder is an elite performance organization and a leading franchise in the NBA. Beyond any single game, season, or outcome, we’re driven to shape the future of our industry, our community and our own legacy in sports. At this time, we’re looking for a licensed doctoral level psychologist who wants to make a positive impact–individuals with the courage and ambition to think and work differently with an endless desire to push the development and progress of players, coaches, and leadership.

With the Thunder, you’re joining a culture that performs at the highest level and seeks to empower those within the organization to reach their greatest potential. As a licensed psychologist, your work is critical to the psychological health, adaption, and performance of players and coaches by designing and driving a psychological program for creating optimal conditions for overcoming adversity and for talent to thrive. Working with organizational support staff, you will help create, participate and provide psychological skills to Thunder and Blue players, coaches, and staff that encourages personal and professional growth by assisting individuals and teams reach their fullest potential.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (Psy.D., or Ph.D.)
  • Active psychological license (or License eligible) in the State of Oklahoma
  • 5 or more years of experience in each of the following:
  •     -Assessing, treating, & expediting recovery from psychological illness/injury
  •     -Developing strategies that enhance optimal states of psychological health for achieving and sustaining elite performance among those within high risk, high demand occupations and/or sport athletes
  •     -Developing comprehensive, customized assessments/strategies to excel psychological performance
  •     -Administering & interpreting psychological testing (intelligence, neuropsychological, personality)
  •     -Working with a multidisciplinary team experts and consulting with organizational leadership
  •     -Performing motivational assessment and interviewing techniques
  •     Relational competency demonstrated by knowledge and experience with understanding and effectively communicating with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Day to day duties may include, but not be limited to:
  • Developing programs and policies for early identification and treatment of emotional, social, and behavioral issues affecting adaption to professional sports industry and competitive arena
  • Developing contacts, procedures, and referral sources for expediting player/staff recovery from illness/injury
  • Developing personalized strategies for individuals and groups to improve adaptation and resilience to uniquely challenging conditions, limited resources, and rigorous tempo
  • Working and consulting with Thunder leadership, staff and operational psychology consultants to:
  •     -Design and implement programs to include comprehensive psychological assessment, testing, and monitoring strategies, and training techniques to enhance psychological skills and functioning in competitive environments
  •     -Develop customized individual and team strategies for strengthening personal and professional growth among players, coaches, and leadership relevant to sustaining and achieving elite performance across diverse settings and conditions
  •     -Implement “best practice” strategies for developing player/team/coach cohesion and synergy
  •     -Develop programs for player/family onboarding and orientation into professional basketball

RECOMMENDED TRAITS

As part of a team, the Oklahoma City Thunder is looking for individuals who have strong, effective, interpersonal skills—the ability to develop trust, rapport, and highly professional relationships with a wide range of staff from diverse backgrounds and who deliver clear and effective messages to a variety of stakeholders. Additionally, we are looking for someone who expresses traits that are valued by the organization that include, but not limited to being:

  • Passionate - possesses a strong sense of meaning, drive and sense of purpose greater than oneself
  • Assertive - straightforward, direct, and transparent with oneself and others, willing to speak up under pressure
  • Ambitious - aggressive in pursuing new ideas and evidence-based initiatives & improving current processes
  • Rigorous - thorough and responsive with implementing effective strategies with players/coaches/leadership
  • Resourceful - appreciative with a creative mindset for maximizing the use of limited resources
  • Resilient - sustains emotional stamina in the face of unique challenges and high demand performance pressure
  • Optimistic - views defeats as opportunities; does not fear failure, expresses positive, enthusiastic demeanor
  • Relentless - does not give up continuously seeking ways to help others succeed and achieve their potential
  • Humble - desire to learn; accept feedback; recognize accomplishments are the result of a team
  • Flexible - able to adapt to a wide range of interpersonal relationships, cultures, changing organizational needs

NOTABLE REQUIREMENTS

  • This position requires at times working long hours on short notice. This may include irregular work hours, as well as unpredictable surges in work hours pre, during, and post season
  • This position will also require travel, to include traveling with short notice in support of organizational needs, goals, and programs
  • This position requires maintaining confidentiality and privacy of player, coach, and leadership information in order to foster an optimal, cohesive environment

* This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Director of Human and Player Performance.

We invite you to apply online at www.okcthunder.com/employment

The Professional Basketball Club, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants fairly on the basis of qualifications, experience, and business needs. We value diversity and support an inclusive environment for all employees.

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