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Mental Health Specialist IV/Driver

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Specialist IV/Driver
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
Department UBHC-Child Partial Hospital Service

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 Mental Health Specialist IV/Driver for the Newark Child & Adolescent Services Program. The Mental Health Specialist IV/Driver position transports clients to and from treatment and other related activities and actively participates in crisis interventions. Actively assists as a member of a team in providing and maintaining a therapeutic environment.

  • Establishes and maintains consistent and appropriate professional boundaries with all consumers as indicated by feedback from consumers, clinical staff, and supervisors.
  • Communicates with clinical staff within prescribed time frame when problems are encountered while transporting consumers.
  • Ensures consumers utilize safety measures while boarding, riding, and exiting program vehicles, in accordance with policies.
  • Maintains a daily log of consumer transportation services.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of program vehicle(s) and upkeep of the environment of vehicle(s) as monitored by Supervisor and Logistical Services.
  • Develops knowledge of program policies and procedures. Meets all annual requirements.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1475
Position Salary 35,006.40
Annual Minimum Salary 16.830
Annual Mid Range Salary 17.330
Annual Maximum Salary 17.850
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
  • A minimum of two years of experience interacting with mental health consumers.
  • Successful completion of a one (1) year training program as a Mental Health Specialist Trainee or one (1) year of similar full time experience.
  • An Associate’s Degree in a related field may be substituted for the minimum requirements.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Demonstrates skill/ability in using computers.
Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Employee is expected to drive up to a 14 passenger vehicle to outreach consumers, and to take consumers to various sites in neighboring communities for scheduled appointments. May be expected to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Driving conditions vary depending upon weather and traffic. Driving throughout program county. Program environment is busy, noisy, and hectic. Subject to unpredictable situations, consumer crises, both medical and psychiatric.
  • Occasionally exposed to consumers exhibiting assaultive behaviors. Exposure to bloodborne pathogens requiring the use of personal protective equipment. May be exposed to varying or extreme temperatures.
Special Conditions
  • Valid drivers license.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3237
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