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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 - Other
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 at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. Reports to Program Coordinator.

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.

• Takes initiative in engaging children and families in a tactful manner, as observed by supervisor and as indicated by feedback from patients and team members.
• Establishes and maintains appropriate boundaries and sets limits while avoiding power struggles with children (ages 5-11 years), as indicated by feedback from team members and by supervisor’s observation.
• Follows Center policies and Unit guidelines for restraining children (ages 5-11 years), as indicated by feedback from patients, team members and supervisor.
• Deals appropriately with issues of loss, separation, power, alliance, boundaries, authority and identity with children (ages 5-11 years) and their families, as indicated by feedback from team members and by supervisory review.
• Assesses children’s (ages 5-11 years) interpersonal behavior, participation and interest in their environment in accordance with established Center policies as monitored by supervisor.
• Plans and implements appropriate and therapeutically effective milieu therapy activities for children (ages 5-11 years) as indicated by feedback from team members and by supervisory review.
• Documents assessments, interventions and interactions with children in accordance with Unit policies as reviewed by supervisor.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Rotating
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1775
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 19.68
Annual Mid Range Salary 20.18
Annual Maximum Salary 20.79
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Teamsters, Local 97
Payroll Designation Banner

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

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


Minimum Education and Experience

• Requires three years of related/relevant experience in the mental health/behavioral health/children’s services area, or 2 years completed in college in a related field.
• Individuals employed in the Day School must have 60 college credits in child development education or related field, as required by Department of Education regulation for substitute teachers.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
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. Once employee completes training, they must be physically capable of safely providing personal restraints to agitated children (ages 5-11 years).

• The work environment is crowded and moderately noisy with children and staff moving about.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST2922
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

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have at least three years of relevant experience in the mental health, behavioral health or children's services field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Have you completed two years of college in a related field?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

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