Special Operations Cognitive Performance Specialist (Pearl Harbor, HI)

KBR, Inc.

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Pearl Harbor, HI

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Job Overview:


Special Operations Cognitive Performance Specialist (Pearl Harbor, HI)


KBR maintains a highly qualified workforce to help care for service people and astronauts. We attract the best minds in the world because our expertise thrives on creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration. That is how we supply our clients with cutting-edge solutions and services.

Cognitive Performance is an interdisciplinary field spanning kinesiology, psychology, and motor learning and control. The Cognitive Performance Specialist shall train SOF personnel, with the priority on SOF Operators and Direct Combat Support personnel, to develop and use the cognitive skills necessary to perform optimally in training and operations.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Based on evidence-based peer-reviewed literature train and educate SOF personnel, 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 improvement and maintenance with documentation of work performed, implemented, and provided to SOF personnel.

  • Assist and advise the HP Program Manager and/or Coordinator in matters relating to mental performance, exercise and sports psychology.

  • Provide information about cognitive 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 patients and identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Attend and participate in meetings with other POTFF staff members and medical personnel as requested and/or required.

  • Collaborate with the HP staff to enhance the quality and effectiveness of mental and human performance development and expertise delivered.

  • Conduct periodic literature reviews to ensure HP stays current with the provision of care.

  • Support research conducted under supervision of the HP program Manager and/or Coordinator.

  • Assist the HP Program Manager and/or Coordinator in developing and maintaining practice guidelines to ensure consistency of service across all Human Performance Training Centers (HPTCs).

  • Proficiently utilize computers, software, and technologies as required and requested by the HP program manager and/or coordinator and required by USSOCOM HQ and its POTFF staff.

  • Maintain 100% compliance with local mandatory command training requirements.

  • Attend required training in accordance with guiding instructions. Commands will allow for attendance at necessary conferences or courses to complete continuing education units required to maintain certification.

  • Document work performed, utilization, referrals, and all other information in the HP Enterprise- wide database (i.e., Smartbase), as directed by HP program Manager and/or Coordinator and required by USSOCOM HQ and its POTFF staff.

Required Education/Experience/Skills/Training:

  • Position requires U.S. Citizenship.

  • This position requires a Secret Clearance or Top Secret Clearance, or the ability to obtain a clearance.

  • Master’s degree (Doctoral degree preferred) in Human Performance, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science, and/or Sport Sciences with a specialization in Sport Psychology.

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years or more of demonstrable accumulated experience (continuous and sustained experience preferred) as a cognitive performance specialist or Sport Psychologist with individual athletes and groups of athletes at the levels of NCAA Division I, Olympic, professional, and/or SOF Operators in the accompanying, respective settings. Paid full-time experience as a Government civilian or contract employee at US Army and/or Marine Corps Infantry Units, may be counted towards minimum qualification requirements, provided this experience was gained within the most recent, continuous 3 years, as a directly embedded staff member, on-site with respective Army and/or Marine Corp entities.

  • Must be capable to properly lift and manipulate loads or weights up to 25 kilograms and capable of meeting physical demands of training with SOF including the ability to hike over rough terrain, function in austere environments and on various fixed or rotary wing aircraft, waterborne craft, or ground transport to observe SOF training evolutions and to conduct training and education.

Desired Education/Experience/Skills/Training:

  • Prior military and/or SOF experience is desired.

  • Certification as a Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) is desired, but not required.

Standard Company Requirements:

  • Must comply with Safety, Health and Environmental plan, policies and procedures.

  • Must comply with the Quality Assurance plan, policies and procedures.

  • Must maintain regular and acceptable attendance.

  • Responsible for completing all required training.

  • Perform other assignments and duties, as required.

In compliance with the U.S. federal government’s vaccine mandate, only candidates who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a reasonable accommodation or approved medical exception will be considered for this position.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.