Cognitive Performance Specialist - Future Vacancy
About GKG With a passion for excellence, Golden Key Group (GKG) helps clients solve their strategic, organizational, and operational challenges to better meet their mission demands. We have serviced more than 25 Federal departments and agencies and several large commercial companies since our inception in 2002. Golden Key Group's talented professionals, combined with our strategic partners, bring a depth of commercial and government experience and expertise. We are relentless in delivering the highest levels of services to provide tangible value and create sustainable results for our clients. Overview Cognitive Performance Specialists (CPSs) function as integrated members of a Brigade (BDE)-based multi-disciplinary team focused on optimizing Soldier readiness and performance within the Army's new Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) System. Cognitive Performance is an interdisciplinary field spanning kinesiology, psychology, and motor learning and control. The CPS manages and provides education based on cognitive performance and tailored training programs for individuals and teams. Work includes providing forward musculoskeletal (MSK) care, early medical intervention, injury prevention (IP) and performance optimization services. Responsibilities Ability to operationalize resilience core competencies. Identifies and cultivates existing mental skill sets to assist the Soldier in performing optimally during physical, technical, and tactical training in preparation for combat operations, garrison, and life stressors. Recognizes and addresses mental barriers to physical performance by focusing on stress and emotional regulation; normalizes physiological responses to stress, to include combat situations; conducts tactical breathing and arousal regulation, team cohesion, imagery, and provides cognitive/learning strategies. Advises the commander on the implementation of cognitive enhancement programs to optimize specific performances. Capable of properly lifting and manipulating loads or weights up to 25 kilograms and capable of meeting physical demands of training with Soldiers including the ability to hike over rough terrain, function in austere environments to observe Soldier training evolutions and to conduct training and education. Based on evidence-based peer-reviewed literature train and educate Soldiers, in individual and group settings, in specific cognitive, mental, behavioral, psychosocial, perceptual, learning, adaptive thinking, human engagements, and emotional control skills, strategies - including understanding, acquisition, and retention - performance optimization and maintenance with documentation of work performed, implemented, and provided to Soldiers. Assist and advise the CPS PD in matters relating to mental performance, exercise and sports psychology. Provide information about mental performance, exercise and sports psychology factors in sports, exercise, and physical activity. Train and educate on goal-setting, performance profiling, visualization, performance development, and planning. Participate in periodic meetings to review human performance training provided to Soldiers and identify opportunities for improvement. Attend and participate in meetings with the H2F Performance Team as requested and/or required. Collaborate with the H2F Performance Team staff to enhance the quality and effectiveness of mental and human performance development and expertise delivered. Conduct periodic literature reviews to ensure H2F Performance Team stays current with the provision of care. Support research conducted in coordination with the CPS PD and/or BDE PD. Assist the CPS PD and/or BDE PD in developing and maintaining practice guidelines to ensure consistency of service across the BDE. Attend required training IAW guiding instructions. Develop and promulgate training materials to support the BDE non-physical performance optimization. Participate in periodic in-service training for members of the H2F Performance Team. Collect and report data in support of cognitive performance optimization to the CPS PD and/or BDE PD. Data requirements and frequency will be coordinated with the CPS PD and/or BDE PD. Document work performed, utilization, recommendations, and all other information in the designated H2F System reporting database. Qualifications Master's degree (Doctoral degree preferred) in Human Performance, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science, and/or Sport Sciences with a specialization in Sport Psychology. Certification as a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) is desired, but not required. Minimum of five years or more of demonstrable accumulated experience (continuous and sustained experience preferred) as a mental performance coach or Sport Psychologist with individual athletes and groups of athletes at the levels of NCAA Collegiate, Olympic, professional sports, and Soldiers in the accompanying, respective settings. Travel % and/or Unique Job Requirements: Not have been convicted of a felony. Must have a valid Driver's License. Must be able to travel within 50 miles of the worksite routinely and long distances when required. S. Citizenship (copy of birth certificate or naturalization papers required). Ability to read, write, and speak English and effectively communicate with Soldiers, staff and other SCCs. Demonstrate sufficient initiative, interpersonal relationship skills and social sensitivity such that they can relate to a variety of Soldiers from diverse backgrounds. Ability to operate a personal or Government computer utilizing Microsoft applications, such as Word, Excel. SCCs will navigate and operate with unit SharePoint sites.