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Mental Health Specialist IV (Multiple Vacancies)

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Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Specialist IV (Multiple Vacancies)
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
Department UBHC-Outpatient Services-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 of New Jersey is seeking a Mental Health Specialist IV, for the Child and Adolescent Services – School Based Programs within Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
The Mental Health Specialist IV participates as a member of the Child & Adolescent Services staff assisting with therapeutic and special education services to children.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • 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.
  • Maintains appropriate boundaries with children and families. Interacts with children and family members therapeutically with empathy and respect.
  • Assists in providing therapeutic activities.
  • Observes children carefully and shares observations with other members of the staff team.
  • Assists children with self-care skills and activities of daily living, encouraging developmentally appropriate, independent behavior.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Day
Work Arrangement
This position requires a fully on-site work arrangement.
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1475
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 19.800
Annual Mid Range Salary 20.300
Annual Maximum Salary 20.910
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Teamsters, Local 97
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility PERS


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Successful completion of a one (1) year training program as a Mental Health Specialist Trainee or one (1) 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.
  • Valid driver’s license.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience with children (3½ – 21 years).
  • Classroom experience.
Equipment Utilized
Computer Knowledge
Physical Demands and Work Environment
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: 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. Following training, employee must be physically capable of safely providing personal restraint to agitated children.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Crowded and moderately noisy conditions with children, adolescents, and staff moving about.
Special Conditions
  • Must undergo criminal history background check at employee’s expense, as required by NJ State Law.

Posting Details

Posting Number 23ST2479
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)
City Piscataway
State NJ
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Immunization Requirements

Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to receive an updated (bivalent) vaccine dose. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals , if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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: http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement

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