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Mental Health Specialist IV

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Specialist IV
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 IV for the Child & Adolescent Services – Education at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.

Participates as a member of the Child Therapeutic Day School staff providing therapeutic and special education services to children.

• Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary staff team implementing each child’s treatment plan.
• Assists special education teacher in the classroom providing education services to children.
• Helps implement the classroom behavior management system.
• Participates in the development of children’s individual treatment plan.
• Provides behavior crisis prevention and intervention, as needed, including personal restraints (once trained) and conducting debriefing discussions.
• Provides ongoing supervision of children individually and in groups at arrival, dismissal, during lunch, and throughout the day.
• Assists children with self-care skills and activities of daily living, encouraging developmentally appropriate, independent behavior.
• Drives children in cars or minivans, as needed.
• Completes required clinical documentation thoroughly and on time.
• Participates in staff development that meets individual learning needs.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1475
Position Salary
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

• Successful completion of a one year training program as a Mental Health Specialist Trainee or one year of similar full-time experience in the mental health field.
• An Associate’s degree, preferably in a related field, including 12 credits in human services, such as psychology or its equivalent, may be substituted for the minimum requirements of this position.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications

• Previous experience with children (3½ – 21 years).
• Classroom experience.

Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

• Employee must be physically active and be on feet most of the day. Duties may involve running and playing active games with children and adolescents (3½ – 21 years), driving mini vans or other vehicles. Upon completion of training, employee must be physically capable of safely providing personal restraint to agitated children.

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

Special Conditions

• Valid driver’s license required.
• Must undergo criminal history background check, as required by NJ State Law.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3254
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. * Have you completed a one year training program as a Mental Health Specialist trainee or do you have one year of similar full-time experience in the mental health field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have an Associate's degree in a related field which includes 12 credits in human services?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have previous experience with children 3 1/2 - 21 years old?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have any classroom experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

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