AASP Career Center

Assistant Athletic Director, Counseling and Psychology

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, California, United States (on-site)
13 days ago



The Assistant Athletic Director, Counseling and Sport Psychology is a functional support position within the Health, Wellness, and Performance Department. This person is responsible for assisting in the developing, coordinating, and administering of all aspects of a Division I sport and clinical psychology program that serves approximately 425 intercollegiate student athletes. This position is responsible for the comprehensive behavioral health services for all student-athletes. The person in this position is responsible for abiding by all SCU, WCC, and NCAA regulations and assisting to ensure departmental compliance.



1. Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services & Patient Care

  • Provide individual and group psychological services to student-athletes, including initial evaluations, interventions, and overall treatment planning on psychological issues most salient to student-athletes.

  • Demonstrate competence with delivery of services related to clinical issues experienced by student-athletes including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, mood concerns, eating disorders, grief, suicidal ideation, sexual identity, family crisis, issues related to transition into and out of college, academics, injury, burnout, conflict, interpersonal relationships, social challenges, personal conduct, distress tolerance, stress management.

  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary athletic department team (athletic administration, coaches, team physicians, sports medicine, sports performance, academics, compliance, registered dietitians, and other university personnel).

  • In conjunction with the sports medicine staff, manage referrals to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care for student-athletes needing outside services (team physician, in-patient care, etc.). Adhere to all medical directives from the team physician.

  • Offer performance enhancement counseling and education with individuals and teams related to skills needed for optimal performance.

  • Provide professional consultation and outreach education to Santa Clara University coaches, staff, and student-athletes regarding issues impacting student-athletes, including but not limited to: body image & disordered eating, other mental health concerns, psychological response to injury, student behavior, and behavioral decision-making in order to enhance the departmental climate for student success.

  • Contribute to the development and delivery of educational programming on mental health issues and wellness topics, including but not limited to: transitioning in and out of the university, athlete identity, interpersonal relationships, cultivating resilience and perseverance, healthy striving and stress management.

  • Actively participate in scheduled team and/or department wellness meetings.

  • Work in conjunction with university Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) when appropriate for case management of student-athletes.

  • Participate in new student orientation, welcome back meetings, and any other athletic department/university programming by introducing psychology services, topics, and staff introductions.

  • Maintain confidentiality of all patients.

2. Administrative Services

  • Monitor and determine the effectiveness of programs, policies, and procedures.

  • Develop a working relationship with behavioral health personnel on campus and in the Bay Area.

  • Maintain current and accurate documentation as it relates to medical cases using the department’s Titanium software.

  • Monitor and determine effectiveness of screening protocols for student-athletes.

  • Work within an established budget to create, monitor, and maintain appropriate inventory. Order, receive, and distribute resources as needed.

  • Assist in the development of programs for student workers, interns, volunteers, practicum students, graduate assistants, residents, etc.

  • Ensure professional appearance of facilities.

  • Assist with recruiting visits of prospective student-athletes within NCAA guidelines.

  • Serve as a representative for athletics and/or sports medicine on campus committees as requested.

  • Lead and/or participate in sports medicine and/or athletic department educational in-services.

3. Other Duties as Assigned

  • Actively and collaboratively support the mission, goals, and initiatives of the Sports Medicine Department

  • Attend continuing education symposiums as required to maintain licensure and certification.

  • Maintain membership in Professional Organizations as deemed appropriate.


  • Provides work direction to student workers, interns, volunteers, practicum students, graduate assistants, residents, etc.


  • Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.

  • Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.

  • Maintains contact with student-athletes and solicits feedback for improved services.

  • Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives.

  • Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow. 

  • Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals.

  • Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.

  • Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.

  • Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

1. Certifications/Knowledge

  • Doctoral Degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology required

  • California licensed psychologist or licensed eligible required

  • Specialized training or experience in sport psychology. Preference will be given to candidates who are certified or in the process of becoming certified by AASP as a Mental Performance Consultant.

  • Knowledge of FERPA and HIPPA bylaws.

2. Skills

  • Basic computer skills required

3. Abilities

  • Ability to provide accurate, timely and courteous service.

  • Ability to demonstrate a strong commitment to and training in working with culturally diverse individuals.

  • Ability to evaluate, recognize, and manage behavioral health conditions.

  • Ability to create and implement policies & procedures.

  • Ability to communicate effectively within students and an interdisciplinary team.

  • Ability to motivate and provide a positive influence for students.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, staff, and the general public.

  • Ability to think critically and problem solve.

4. Education

  • Ph.D. or Psy.D. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology

5. Years of Experience

  • 2-5 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and/or working with elite athletes strongly preferred.


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal. 

  • May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.

  • May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area and/or in- or out-of-state locations.

  • May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors, suppliers or institutions.

  • Considerable time may be spent outdoors attending practices or athletic events.

  • Considerable time spent at athletic events with associated noise and crowds.


The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  • Typical office environment.

  • Mostly indoor office environment.

  • Offices with equipment noise.

  • Offices with frequent interruptions.

  • Athletic fields and events.

  • Outdoor athletic events.

EEO Statement

Equal Opportunity/Notice of Nondiscrimination

Santa Clara University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and California State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. For a complete copy of Santa Clara University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies, see https://www.scu.edu/title-ix/policies-reports/

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Santa Clara University does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of sex/gender, and prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. The Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is Jenna Elliott, Interim Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 408-551-3043, jrelliot@scu.edu , www.scu.edu/title-ix. Inquiries can also be made to the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). 

Clery Notice of Availability

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Santa Clara University affirms its' commitment to employ qualified individuals with disabilities within the workplace and to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. All applicants desiring an accommodation should contact the Department of Human Resources, and 408-554-5750 and request to speak to Indu Ahluwalia by phone at 408-554-5750 or by email at iahluwalia@scu.edu.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65749615
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Santa Clara, California, United States
  • Position Title: Assistant Athletic Director, Counseling and Psychology
  • Company Name For Job: Santa Clara University
  • Position Type: Associate Athletic Director,
    Athletic Director,
    Sport Counselor,
    Licensed Psychologist,
    Sport Psychology
  • CMPC Certification: Preference will be given to Active CMPCs
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: PhD,PsyD
  • Min Experience: 2-3 Years
  • Salary: $79,920.00 - $93,960.00 (Yearly Salary)
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