Rutgers University Mental Health Clinician III in New Brunswick, New Jersey


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating universitywide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.

Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.

Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.

Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Mental Health Clinician III for the Acute Psychiatric Services – APS within University Behavioral Health Care (UBHS).

The primary purpose of the Mental Health Clinician III position is to perform psychiatric emergency services, screening, and screening outreach assessments as well as other mental health services. Demonstrate competence in providing generic crisis assessment of individuals of all ages (birth through 65+ years) and in determining the need for any additional professional consultation. Demonstrates competence in devising an appropriate intervention/disposition plan.

  • Provides an in-depth clinical assessment for all persons served based upon DSM-IV criteria.

  • Serves as certified screener to children ages 4-17 years and adults 18 years and over.

  • Maintains appropriate clinical records in a timely manner.

  • Assumes familiarity with other UBHC units, outside providers, and other pertinent organizations and resources in order to facilitate persons served needs, develop work relationships and provide information and guidance to persons served.

  • Contributes to and supports the mission, vision, goals and objectives of UBHC and the Acute Psychiatric Services.

  • Maintains knowledge of trends and developments in the field.

  • Meets annual requirements.


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Minimum Education and Experience

Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a mental health related discipline and licensure to practice as required by New Jersey state laws governing the discipline.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Applicants possessing a degree in Social Work must have an active New Jersey certification/licensure as required by the State Board of Social Work. Must have a valid driver’s license. Eligibility for certification as a Psychiatric Screener in the state of New Jersey is required.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Time spent driving to designated facilities or performing mobile outreach to interview clients and coordinate with staff, families, law enforcement, community programs and others. Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 pounds or more). Frequently walks, bends, stretches, lifts, pushes and pulls. Manual dexterity and mobility for charting and use of electronic resources. Lifts supplies/equipment/charts/patients. Sitting while interviewing clients; may sit up to several hours in one place. Frequent use of telephone for crisis calls. Ability to participate in emergency physical interventions with patients including escort, restraint and seclusion is required.

Varied work settings include office, community agencies and screening sites. Some screening sites may be located in busy hospital emergency rooms. May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Handles emergency or crisis situations. May be exposed to varying or extreme temperatures.

Recruitment/Posting Title: Mental Health Clinician III

Job Category: Healthcare

Department: UBHC-Acute Treatment-PISC

Position Status: Full Time

FLSA: Exempt

Grade: 22S

Annual Minimum Salary: 50839.000

Annual Mid Range Salary: 61470.000

Annual Maximum Salary: 72101.000

Standard Hours: 37.50

Union Description: HPAE, Local 5094

Payroll Designation: PeopleSoft

Terms of Appointment: Staff - 12 month

Position Pension Eligibility: ABP

Preferred Qualifications: One (1) year of Post-Master’s experience in a psychiatric setting preferred.

Equipment Utilized: Computer Copier/printer/fax/scanner Telephone Automobile

Posting Number: 16ST3222

Regional Campus: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus: Piscataway (RBHS)