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Mental Health Specialist III

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

• This position is part-time (20 hours/week).

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Specialist III
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
Department UBHC-Acute Treatment-PISC

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 is seeking a Mental Health Specialist III for the Child & Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.

Participates as a member of the unit team providing care for various age groups in accordance with facility policy and procedure. Demonstrates leadership skills and assists the Staff Nurse with staff assignments, orientation of new staff and formulation of patient groups.

• Assists the Staff Nurse with MHS IV assignments, orientation of new staff and formulation of patient groups when required.
• Assists the Staff Nurse in planning patient care.
• Provides care based on the patient’s established care plan, under the supervision of the Staff Nurse.
• Observes patient’s behaviors and when necessary notifies appropriate staff.
• Assists the patients with activities of daily living, encouraging independent behavior, when appropriate.
• Collects routine urine specimens, takes vital signs including blood pressure and weighs patients as directed by the Staff Nurse.
• Assists patients and observes patients during mealtimes in the cafeteria and on the unit.
• Accompanies patients for medical evaluation outside of the facility.
• Facilitates patient groups and assists with patient teaching when needed and assigned.
• Assists with patient admission, transfer and discharge procedures.
• Intervenes with escalating patients and actively participates in Behavioral Codes utilizing mechanical restraints or personal hold under the direct supervision of the Staff Nurse.
• Participates in staff development that meet individual learning needs.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position Status Part Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Rotating
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1775
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 20.540
Annual Mid Range Salary 21.040
Annual Maximum Salary 21.670
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 years of full-time paid experience in the mental health field or two years of college majoring in a relevant social or health care field.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

• This position requires standing 2/3 of the time, walking 2/3 of the time, sitting 1/3 of the time, use of hands to finger, handle or feel 2/3 of the time, reach with hands and arms, 1/3 of the time, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl 1/3 of the time, talk or hear over 2/3 of the time.

• The work environment contains moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic.) 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. May be exposed to varying or extreme temperatures.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3258
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

• This position is part-time (20 hours/week).

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 three years of full-time paid experience in the mental health field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least two years of college majoring in a relevant social or health care field?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

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