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Mental Health Specialist III

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Specialist III
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare
Department UBHC-Child & Adolescent Services

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), established in 1971, offers a full continuum of evidence based behavioral health and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey. UBHC’s 1,060 experienced behavioral health professionals and support staff are dedicated to treatment, prevention, and education. UBHC, one of the largest providers of behavioral health care in the country, has a budget of $260 million and has 15 sites throughout New Jersey. Services are readily accessible and include: inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, screening, crisis stabilization, family/caregiver support, community outreach and case management, supportive housing, supported employment, prevention and consultation, employee assistance programs, and a licensed therapeutic school from preschool through high school. Specialty services include the New Jersey suicide prevention helpline and peer help lines for police, veterans, active military, teachers, mothers of special needs children and child protective service workers. In FY2016, UBHC treated 16,199 consumers, had 24,502 admissions, and touched the lives of 19,441 individual callers through peer support. In addition, UBHC is the primary mental health training resource for the New Jersey departments of Human Services, Children and Families, and Corrections, delivering 16,000 trainings each year.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Mental Health Specialist III for the Child & Adolescent Services – Children’s Transitional Residence with University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC).

The Mental Health Specialist III provides daily care and supervision to children residing in the Children’s Transitional Residence. Participates as a member of a milieu treatment team in carrying out a residential mental health care program and related services to children (ages 5-11 years) at CTR. Demonstrates competence in recognizing the unique needs and behaviors of children.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
• Interacts with child/patients (ages 5-11 years) in a therapeutic manner.
• Participates in the assessment and treatment of children (ages 5-11 years).
• Maintains knowledge of University Behavioral Health Care and Unit policies and procedures.
• Maintains cooperative working relationship with others.
• Demonstrates good work habits.
• Meets annual requirements.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Rotating
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1775
Position Salary 41766.40
Annual Minimum Salary 20.080
Annual Mid Range Salary 20.580
Annual Maximum Salary 21.200
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Teamsters, Local 97
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience

Three (3) years of experience in the mental health/behavioral health/children’s services area or two (2) years college credits in a related field.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

CPR certification/First Aid certification or qualify to obtain within six (6) months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

Employee must be physically active and be on feet most of day. Duties may involve bending and lifting objects up to 25 lbs., running and playing active games with children and adolescents (ages 5-11 years) and driving minivans or other vehicles. Following training must be physically capable of safely providing personal restraints to agitated children (ages 5-11 years).

Crowded and moderately noisy conditions with children and staff moving about.

Special Conditions

Able to work combination shifts (day, evening and/or overnight) as assigned.

Valid driver’s license.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST1940
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)
Location Details

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application