Sep 25, 2021

Head of Performance Psychology - English Institute of Sport - Salary £53,045 - £70,136 p.a - Closing date 1 November 2021

£53,045 - £70,136 yearly
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Job Description

Interview date16 November 2021Job DescriptionROLE OVERVIEW:

Within the EIS’ Human Performance directorate, there are 8 disciplines (Performance Psychology, Performance Analysis, Biomechanics, Performance Lifestyle, Nutrition, Physiology, Strength & Conditioning and Physiotherapy) that work in an inter-disciplinary way to deliver outstanding support that enables sports and athletes to excel at the very highest level. Our Heads of Service are the leaders of these disciplines, and they work collaboratively in the leadership of their teams to achieve the aims and ambitions of Human Performance:

We will  DELIVER, quality assured, interdisciplinary support to sports and athletes so that sports can optimise their performance plans and athletes receive holistic support

We will DEVELOP the world’s best practitioners and practice so that we deliver outstanding support to sports and athletes. Enabling practitioners to be the best version of themselves 

We will CONNECT as a community so that we can problem solve quickly

A Head of Service is a senior and experienced leader who is ultimately accountable for their discipline/professional community within the EIS. They play a critical leadership role that centers around driving practice forward - constantly creating and evolving what we do to ensure we stay highly relevant, developing identity and purpose - nurturing shared understanding to foster inclusivity and belonging, and skillful day to day management of people and operational functions related to the disciplines/professional communities. Heads of Service do this as a part of a passionate collective in a highly collaborative way to ensure that Human Performance is as impactful for the sports, athletes and practitioners as possible.

The Head of Performance Psychology leads the delivery of performance psychology services to Olympic and Paralympic Sports. Ensuring the service provided is of the highest standard and meets the present and emerging needs of sports and athletes. The role will ensure practitioners are developed and come together as a community to solve performance problems at speed.

Salary Scale: £53,045 - £70,136 p.a. (pro rata if applicable)

Grade: Level 4 (Psychology)

Hours of Work: a minimum of 37 hours per week and such hours as necessary to fulfil the needs of the role. Applications will be considered on a part time basis and job share basis. Please indicate in your covering letter if you are applying for this on a full time or part time basis, confirming the number of hours if part time

Location: The location is flexible, dependent on the candidate and organisational needs but will be based at an EIS primary site. Extensive travel within the regional and national area will be required. Some international travel will be required. The role will require you to travel to and work at other regional and national offices.

Reports to: Director of Performance Support and Science

Direct reports: Psychology Technical Leads


The Head of Psychology is responsible for the delivery of high quality, cutting edge performance psychology services which includes:

• Ensure EIS has a clear model of Performance Psychology which is specific to the needs of Olympic and Paralympic sports and be able to communicate this in an effective way to Olympic and Paralympic sports who currently use EIS and services and to those who do not

• Work with Heads of Performance Support within sports to apply Performance Psychology to the sports specific context

• Working with independent regulatory bodies to ensure discipline standards are at the highest level. This may include working with external partners to design accreditation pathways if they do not currently exist.

• Working with the Technical Leads on the personal development, safeguarding & welfare of all practitioners.

• Working with the Technical Leads on the technical development & progression of practitioners.

The role will be part of the Human Performance leadership group (made up of the Director of Human Performance and all Heads of Service (HoS)). This group meets on a regular basis and is accountable for the development and delivery of the Human Performance strategy. Key responsibilities include:

• Attending and positively contributing to Heads of Service meetings, including contributing to the values and behaviours of the group.

• Leading and contributing to working groups to progress areas of the Human Performance strategy.

• Leadership and management of the Technical Lead team within the discipline including the technical development and line management of Technical Leads.

• Succession planning for all roles within the discipline/professional community.

• Accountability for CPD and consumables budgets.

HoS communicate and work with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the EIS, examples include; UK Sport, National Governing Bodies of Sports (NGBs), other directorates within the EIS (e.g. Athlete Health, Innovation, Communications, Human Resources, Sports Intelligence etc), BOA & BPA, Home Countries Sports Institutes, Universities, independent regulatory bodies, and Industry Partners. Key responsibilities include:

• Close working relationship with the EIS Head of Performance Lifestyle and Head of Mental Health to ensure close alignment to enable collaborative working in the psycho-social space

• Working with other directorates and/or UK Sport to develop strategy for the high-performance system in the UK.

• Providing expert technical consultancy to a wide range of stakeholders, including NGBs, BOA and BPA.

• Being a conduit for connection across the UK high performance sport network to harness the collective power of the system.

• Developing and maintaining relationships & partnerships with practitioners, sports, institutions & stakeholders. In particular commercial partners and academia.

In order to deliver the roles and responsibilities of this job, Heads of Service must commit to driving the development of their own knowledge and skills including:

• Personal development of self-awareness, insight and emotional intelligence

• Learn & optimise development skills of others - coaching, mentorship and supervision

• Learn & execute behavioural change methods and strategies to facilitate others

• Mental Health and cultural diversity awareness

WHY WORK FOR US?! Take a look....

The EIS is a dynamic, growing and fast-moving organisation that will offer you a flexible, positive, stimulating and challenging work environment with real opportunities to make the best better. Working for the English Institute of Sport brings its rewards not only in its salary and benefits package, but also in the opportunities for learning and career development.

Our generous benefits package includes:

• 29 days paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time roles) plus 8 bank holidays

• Membership of EIS’s Occupational Sick Pay Scheme from your first day of employment

• Automatic entry into BUPA health cash back plan for day to day expenses like dentist, eye tests, physio, etc.

• Generous pension scheme

• Discounts on Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Lifestyle services through our Benefits portal

We are committed to creating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce that will bring different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and people with other ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability or long-term health condition and people returning to work after a career break.

We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so all of our roles are open to flexible working and, in many cases, remote-working too. We ask only that you work with us to find an arrangement that meets our sports and business needs and enables you to perform the role in full, in a way that works for both of us.

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