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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-Extended Care 450 Program

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 University Behavioral Health Care is seeking a Part-time Mental Health Specialist III for the Residential program in Newark. The primary purpose of the position is to ensure the safety of residents and assist them in carrying out activities of daily living.

• Provides supportive residential counseling to consumers/residents with empathy and concern.
• Demonstrates the ability to identify potential crisis situations in advance of occurrence and seeks out supervisory direction.
• Provides input into the development of Individualized Service Plans/Recovery Plans. Engages consumers/residents in appropriate interventions based on Service Plan and supervisory directive.
• Provides services and interventions that promote consumers/residents strengths, and that develop the independence and sense of autonomy for all consumers/residents.
• Drives consumers to appointments, shopping, recreation activities and Self Help meetings.
• Completes all forms, residential logs, medication records, incident reports, and correspondence as per regulatory requirements and as directed by supervisor.
• Maintains knowledge of University Behavioral Health Care and Unit policies and procedures. Meets all annual requirements.

Position Status Part Time
Hours Per Week 15-20
Daily Work Shift
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
  • A high school diploma or equivalent plus four (4) years of related work or life experience.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree will qualify for this position.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

Walks and climbs stairs throughout the residence during the course of the shift to confer with residential clients and staff. In a scattered site setting, provides outreach in the community in the consumer’s home located throughout the county. The employee is expected to drive throughout the week to locations in the community – to grocery stores, 12 Step Meetings and recreational activities. Weights of up to 25 lbs. may need to be lifted.

Located in community based housing that may include suburban type one family or duplex housing, clustered apartment building or High Rise Apartment building. Crisis intervention required at times. Subject to unpredictable situations, patient crises, both medical and psychiatric. Occasionally exposed to patients exhibiting assaultive behaviors. Exposure to bloodborne pathogens that requires use of personal protective equipment.

Special Conditions
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Part-time position-15-20 hours per week

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3204
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Newark (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:

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Applicant Documents

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