Cognitive Performance Specialist

  • SAIC, Inc
  • Fort Drum, NY, USA
  • May 07, 2021

Job Description


SAIC is looking a Cognitive Performance Specialist (CPS) for the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) Program at Fort Drum, NY.  This position is contingent upon contract award in the Spring/Summer of 2021. 

The CPS will act as part of a multi-discipline team that will provide program analytical support and qualified/certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches (SCCs) and Cognitive Performance Specialists (CPSs) to 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.  The H2F System is the Army’s primary investment in Soldier readiness and lethality, optimal physical and non-physical performance, reduced injury rates, improved rehabilitation after injury, and increased overall effectiveness of the Total Army.  The system empowers and equips Soldiers to take charge of their health, fitness, and well-being in order to optimize individual performance, while preventing injury and disease.

As a Cognitive Performance Specialist (CPS), you will train and educate Soldiers in individual and group settings, based on evidence-based peer-reviewed literature, in specific cognitive, mental, behavioral, psychosocial, perceptual, learning, adaptive thinking, human engagements, and emotional control skills, strategies, performance optimization and maintenance – to include documentation of work performed, implemented, and provided to Soldiers.

Tasks to Include:
• Assisting and advising the CPS PD in matters relating to mental performance, exercise, and sports psychology
• Providing information about mental performance, exercise, and sports psychology factors in sports, exercise, and physical activity
• Training and educating on goal-setting, performance profiling, visualization, performance development, and planning.
• Supporting research conducted in coordination with the CPS PD and/or Brigade (BD) PD. 
• Assisting the CPS PD and/or BDE PD in developing and maintaining practice guidelines 
• Developing and promulgating training materials to support the BDE non-physical performance optimization
• Documenting work performed, utilization, recommendations, and all other information in the designated reporting database


Required Education and Experience:

  • Masters degree in Human Performance, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science, and/or Sport Sciences with a specialization in Sport Psychology. 
  • Three (3) years or more of related experience
  • A minimum of three (3) years of demonstrable accumulated experience 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. 
  • Must hold one of the following 4 certifications: licensure as a psychologist with a proficiency in sports psychology as recognized in Division 47 of the American Psychological Association; Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP); Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC); or Board Certified Sport Psychologist through the American Board of Sport Psychology (ABSP).