Performance Psychologist – Athletics Program


The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) is seeking to recruit a passionate, driven, agile, and collaborative high-performance professional to the position of VIS Performance Psychologist for the Athletics Program.

The role will suit a professional who has been working in a high performance sporting environment for a number of years and who will bring a passion for sporting achievement with a focus on athlete wellbeing and a strong commitment to positively impacting high performance culture and working collaboratively in Interdisciplinary Teams.

Reporting to the Performance Psychology Lead (VIS), the overarching purpose of this specialist role is to deliver performance psychology services to the VIS Athletics program and facilitate a proactive approach to performance psychology that sees the sport, not solely athletes, as the client.

This 0.5 FTE position will be based at the world class VIS headquarters in Melbourne’s Albert Park precinct but will require the capacity to travel to training and competition venues.

Key Accountabilities Include: 

  • Deliver programs to ensure that VIS athletes are supported to strive for success in sport and life. 
  • Deliver an overall performance psychology curriculum that adopts an integrated, flexible, individual and needs based approach to all aspects of the psychological, social and cultural development of coaches, athletes and key support staff. This will include coaches and athletes from both Medal Stream and squads within the Emerging group. 
  • Deliver interventions with coaches-athlete groups, and VIS/AA support staff to create a high-performance culture and the psychological capacity for success at the highest levels of competition. 
  • Implementing and driving a collaborative approach to planning, preparation and performance that optimises internal and external expertise and closes 'gaps' to performance. 

You Will Bring: 

  • A strong understanding of high-performance sport - with the capacity to be both ‘hands-on’ and strategic in an inter-disciplinary team environment. 
  • Expert level communication, planning and organisational skills with strong interpersonal and collaboration skills. 
  • Awareness of the contemporary issues relating to athletes and systems within high performance sport. 
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement projects and workshops. 
  • The highest level of ethical practices.  
  • Refer to the Position description for more information.


  • Registered Psychologist with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).
  • Relevant Postgraduate tertiary qualification – a Masters or PhD in Psychology (from an Institution recognised by the Australian Psychology Society).
  • You will also require a current First-Aid certificate, current Driver’s License, Victorian Working with Children Check and current Safeguarding Children Certification.
  • To apply for this position, you must be legally entitled to work in Australia.

If this sounds like you, an Information Pack with further details about the application process, the VIS and the role can be obtained from Nerissa Byrne, Senior Performance Coordinator (VIS) on (03) 9425 0061 or

Applications must be received at the VIS no later than 5pm Thursday 14 October 2021.

Applicants should provide a current resume, and a letter of application.

Applications will need to address the “’Required Qualifications and Experience criteria outlined in the Position Description under “Job Holder Capabilities”.

Interviews will be scheduled for the week starting Monday 8th November, 2021


VIS Performance Psychologist – Athletics Program PD


The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) is one of Australia’s elite high performance sports training and coaching organisations. Through promoting our maxim of “Success in Sport and Life” the organisation constantly strives to provide an environment in which talented athletes have the opportunity to excel in both their chosen sport and life in general. Underpinning this dedication is a strong set of core values that promote excellence, courage, passion, community, simplicity and success amongst not only the athletes, but also the coaching and support staff equally.

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