These are a few of the positions DMH is recruiting!

Certified Nursing Assistant

General Nature of Work:

Helps patients by supporting personal hygiene and daily living needs; providing comfort, transportation, and vital sign monitoring.

Examples of Work:

Provides patients' personal hygiene by giving bedpans, urinals, baths, backrubs, shampoos, and shaves; assisting with travel to the bathroom; helping with showers and baths.

Provides for activities of daily living by assisting with serving meals, feeding patients as necessary; ambulating, turning, and positioning patients; providing fresh water and nourishment between meals.

Provides adjunct care by administering enemas, douches, nonsterile dressings, ice packs, heat treatments, sitz and therapeutic baths; applying restraints.

Maintains patient stability by checking vital signs and weight; testing urine; recording intake and output information.

Provides patient comfort by utilizing resources and materials; transporting patients; answering patients' call lights and requests; reporting observations of the patient to nursing supervisor.

Special Requirements:

Must have South Carolina Nurse Aide Certification

Minimum Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree; or an associate degree in a related field and one (1) year of experience in a psychiatric facility; or a high school diploma and two (2) years’ experience in a psychiatric facility; or a tenth grade education and three (3) years of experience in a psychiatric facility

Apply:

Link to APPLY for Human Services Assistant II (Certified Nursing Assistant A&B) position at jobs.sc.gov

Licensed Practical Nurse

General Nature of Work:

Assists a doctor or a registered nurse in a variety of paraprofessional nursing tasks.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

This class is intended for use at the entry and journey levels.

Examples of Work:

Supervises the work of nursing assistants and other subordinate health care personnel in the performance of routine nursing duties; carries out established procedures and policies. Discusses patient's progress and needs with physicians and registered nurses; assists them with examinations and treatment. Cleans and sterilizes general floor supplies. Administers routine oral, subcutaneous and intramuscular medications following departmental policies and procedures; records significant responses to administered medications. Takes and records temperature, pulse and respiration of patients. Tests vision and hearing of patients. Takes blood and smears for testing.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of practical nursing procedures. Knowledge of sanitation, personal hygiene, basic health and safety practices. Knowledge of the human anatomy. Ability to make accurate technical and physical observations of patients. Ability to accurately record observations.

Special Requirements:

Positions in this classification require licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse by the South Carolina Board of Nursing.

Minimum Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited school of practical nursing.

Apply:

Link to APPLY for Licensed Practical Nurse (Licensed Practical Nurse II-DIS) position at jobs.sc.gov

Human Services Coordinator III

General Nature of Work: 

Directs professional casework services in a state institution or agency.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics

Examples of Work

Consults with state and regional staffs regarding the assessment and diagnosis of clients and assists in developing appropriate treatment options. Supervises and advises subordinate staff concerning individual case diagnoses and treatment. Plans, develops and coordinates administrative and professional activities for psychological services. Conducts in-service training for professional staff. Participates in treatment team meetings. Designs research projects and assists subordinate staff in research activities. Constructs specialized test instruments to test clients. Supervises intern and practicum students. Prepares assessment and outlines all limitations imposed by medical impairments. Provides advice to administration to assist in policy and standards development. Interprets and explains medical findings and recommends appropriate developmental action.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of current psychological theory and practice. Knowledge of evaluation and assessment techniques. Knowledge of ethical issues of the professional practice of counseling and casework initiatives. Knowledge of community resources. Ability to supervise, train and evaluate professional staff. Ability to coordinate research activities and evaluate research findings. Ability to communicate effectively with clients, program directors, agencies and the public.

Special Requirements: 

Some positions require licensure by the South Carolina Board of Examiners as a Clinical Psychologist.

Minimum Requirements: 

A master's degree and professional experience in a human service or social service program.

Law Enforcement Officer I

General Nature of Work: 

Performs patrol officer duties to enforce traffic, commercial motor carrier, boating, hunting, fishing, environmental health and/or criminal laws.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics: 

This is the entry-level classification for uniformed patrol work. This classification is also used for employees performing journey-level patrol duties in the enforcement of commercial motor carrier or environmental health laws and for employees performing journey-level and first-line supervisory duties as members of a public safety force.

Examples of Work: 

Patrols assigned area to prevent crime and detect violations of law. Responds to complaints, reports of violations and requests for assistance. Issues warnings and citations to violators. Apprehends and arrests violators. Investigates hunting, boating and/or traffic accidents. Directs traffic and controls crowds. Performs general police work such as maintaining order during emergencies, participating in manhunts and providing executive protection. Testifies in court and other legal proceedings. Keeps records and makes reports regarding activities. Provides guidance and on-the-job training to other law enforcement personnel. Serves as a first-line supervisor of other public safety personnel.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of proper law enforcement officer behavior and role. Knowledge of modern law enforcement techniques and procedures. Knowledge of how to collect and preserve evidence. Knowledge of the legal rights of both suspects and law enforcement personnel. Knowledge of the laws one is responsible for enforcing. Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of other law enforcement agencies. Skill in the operation of law enforcement vehicles, weapons and communications equipment. Ability to correctly evaluate situations and make good decisions. Ability to deal firmly, yet tactfully, with the general public. Ability to effectively interview witnesses and suspects. Ability to read and comprehend written materials. Ability to write clearly and effectively.

Special Requirements: 

Certification by the Law Enforcement Training Council in accordance with § 23-23-40 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina 1976. Some positions require a commercial driver's license.

Minimum Requirements: 

A high school diploma.

Nurse Practitioner II

General Nature of Work: 

Provides advanced nursing care in the treatment of acute, episodic, chronic, and psychiatric illnesses and disorders.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics: 

Employees in this class perform advanced care to patients under limited access to a physician or works in an environment where physician availability is typically limited. Works independently with minimal supervision providing diagnosis and treatment according to protocol.

Examples of Work: 

Performs all admission procedures for a designated caseload of critically ill patients, including appropriate family history and complete physical examination; distinguishes between normal and abnormal findings; orders diagnostic testing as appropriate, including radiologic and laboratory studies; accurately interprets findings. Determines a daily plan of care for designated caseload in collaboration with physicians, psychiatrist, psychologists, fellows, interns, residents, nurses and other members of the health care team; writes daily orders for fluids, medications, nutrition and respiratory management; evaluates patient response to medical treatment and makes changes as indicated; documents daily progress of patients and writes discharge/death summaries. Performs resuscitation interventions as required - endotracheal intubation, chest compression, and medication administration. Performs highly skilled and technical procedures (e.g., suprapubic bladder taps, percutaneous central venous catheter placements, chest tube insertions, etc.). Monitors nursing care delivered; serves as a role model and teacher for nursing staff; provides instruction/supervision as necessary. Performs on-going psychiatric medical assessments to seriously mentally ill patients to evaluate patient response to treatments and make changes as indicated. Counsels and educates the parents and family members regarding the patient's condition; obtains consent for invasive procedures as required. Participates in ongoing medical research projects. Obtains consent for and conducts nursing research - preparing an appropriate research design, evaluating outcomes, and making recommendations for future management of patient care based on findings. Supervises student nurse practitioners during clinical practicum and assists in coordinating necessary learning experiences; serves as instructor and has sufficient expertise to evaluate proficiency of students.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of physical and mental assessment skills for normal and high risk patients. Knowledge of risk screening and developmental assessment tools. Knowledge of the use of specialized equipment used in the care of critically ill patients (e. g., pressure ventilators, cardiorespiratory monitors, oxysaturation and transcutaneous p02/pC02 monitors, phototherapy, etc. ). Ability to interpret laboratory findings. Ability to incorporate explanations and health education into the care of high risk patients and their families. Ability to design and conduct nursing research, having an extensive understanding of the research process. Ability to function as role model for both nursing staff and student nurse practitioners; demonstrated teaching expertise. Ability to effectively use community resources to facilitate discharge planning for high-risk patients. Knowledge of the prescription and monitoring of psychotropic medications including the use in conjunction with mediations to address physical diseases/conditions.

Special Requirements: 

Positions in this classification require licensure as a Registered Nurse and certification as a Nurse Practitioner by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. Some positions require a valid driver's license.

Minimum Requirements: 

Graduation from an accredited school of nursing with clinical experience.

Registered Nurse I

General Nature of Work:

Provides direct nursing care, patient and student education and counseling, coordination of services for patients and their families, supervision of program activity in specialized areas or patient needs assessment.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

This class is intended for use at the entry and journey levels in hospitals, public health clinics, home or other community settings.

Examples of Work:

Assesses the nursing needs of patients and their families. Develops, coordinates and implements nursing care plans with patients, families and health care providers. Maintains patient records and prepares reports. Promotes wellness through activities directed toward prevention and reduction of risk factors, early detection of disease and control of identified health problems. Performs medication administration and monitoring. Performs preoperative and postoperative procedures. Participates in quality assurance activities. Supervises and instructs paraprofessional nursing personnel in the care of patients and the maintenance of their areas. Plans, implements and evaluates nursing services in a specialized area. Assists in program planning, policy-making and the development of standards and procedures in relation to nursing in a specialized area. Collaborates with members of the health care team. Performs outreach activities to provide services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the techniques and practices of the nursing profession. Knowledge of medical and nursing terminology. Ability to prepare educational and training materials for nursing care programs. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to plan, implement and evaluate patient care plans. Ability to instruct and direct the work of paraprofessional staff. Ability to establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of patients.

Special Requirements:

Licensure as a registered nurse by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. Some positions require a valid driver's license and/or certification in Basic Life Support.

Minimum Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited school of nursing.

Apply:

Link to APPLY for Registered Nurse I/Nurse I position at jobs.sc.gov

Program Manager I

General Nature of Work: 

Directs and manages a unit, program or system that has a significant impact upon an agency or the state.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics: 

This class is typically used for employees who function as managers for an organizational segment where work is further subdivided and directed by supervisors or leaders.

Examples of Work: 

Directs and manages program design, implementation and daily administrative activities. Interprets policies and rules of programs administered by an agency. Recommends new programs or revisions to existing programs administered by an agency; assesses programs and implements policy, procedure or rule changes. Informs governing board about issues confronting an agency; may advise board about appropriate action to take. Participates in the management decision-making process of an agency. Attends legislative, public and advocacy group hearings presents information for discussion and/or decision-making purposes; responds to requests for information from employees, the public and the media.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of an agency's mission, programs and objectives. Knowledge of management principles. Knowledge of an agency's organizational structure, the people who manage the work and the processes applicable to government work. Ability to interpret and apply rules and regulations. Ability to manage work and provide guidance to employees. Ability to make presentations and prepare reports.

Special Requirements:Minimum Requirements: 

A bachelor's degree and relevant program experience.

Psychologist I

General Nature of Work: 

Assess, evaluate, and diagnose client problems through observation and psychological tests. Provide treatment plans and counseling to assist clients in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics: 

May direct professional psychological services rendered to clients of a state agency or major institution.

Examples of Work: 

Interacts with clients to assist them in gaining insight, defining goals, and planning action to achieve effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. Identify psychological, emotional, or behavioral issues and diagnose disorders, using information obtained from interviews, test, records, and reference materials. Assess counseling needs comprised of individual counseling, staff and community supportive interactions. Provides information and serves as a resource within the agency regarding psychological services. Prepares assessments of impairment including comprehensive residual functional capacity determinations that outline all limitations imposed by medical impairments. Constructs specialized test instruments or modifies existing instruments to evaluate clients; prepares reports on findings. Participates in treatment team meetings; advises on individual treatment programs. Develops and presents training sessions related to the medical aspects of disability adjudication. Performs psychological evaluations and psychotherapy for special or difficult cases. Provides expert testimony in court. Performs forensic evaluations for individuals referred by the Judicial System to determine mental capacity.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of current psychological theory and practice. Knowledge of psychological evaluation and assessment techniques. Knowledge of disability determination rules and regulations. Knowledge of ethical issues of the professional practice of psychology. Knowledge of community psychological resources. Ability to develop, implement and evaluate psychological programs. Ability to supervise, train and evaluate professional staff members. Ability to coordinate research activities and evaluate research findings. Ability to communicate effectively with clients, program directors, agencies and the concerned public.

Special Requirements: 

Some positions require licensure to practice psychology in the State of South Carolina.

Minimum Requirements: 

A doctorate in applied psychology from an accredited college or university and experience in the practice of applied psychology.

Social Worker I

General Nature of Work: 

Delivers social work services that are routine or standardized in nature. Performs such activities as relatively simple environmental manipulation, intake duties and group activities not characterized as dealing with pathology.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics

This class represents the entry level of the social work field. This classification is used by social service agencies for positions assigned intake duties, follow-up duties or standardized casework duties.

Examples of Work: 

Conducts interviews with clients and families. Explains eligibility requirements and services offered by other service agencies to clients. Reports case history data to professional personnel, along with background information and observations as required. Attends service plan staff meetings and assists in developing client service plans. Discusses a service plan with client and/or family. Assists in service monitoring through observations, home visits, preparation of forms or standardized progress notes and reports, and records factors detrimental to social adjustment. Refers clients to outside public and private social service organizations and assists clients in determining which external services are appropriate. Serves as client's advocate with outside service agencies. Collects information about the needs of clients and about the services available to meet those needs. Assists in formulation of plans or makes plans to create new services or alter existing ones in order to meet client needs. Provides basic counseling services to client, i.e., asks questions, encourages client/family to accept help, gathers information, explains agency procedures and observes condition/progress. Participates in group activity sessions in the role of an observer or assistant.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of casework interviewing techniques. Knowledge of principles of human growth and behavior. Knowledge of interpersonal dynamics and personality principles. Ability to observe and interpret behavior. Ability to engage a client in problem solving. Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to interview individuals and families, and to engage small groups in learning processes.

Special Requirements: 

Licensure by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.

Minimum Requirements: 

A bachelor's degree in a social work or social welfare program accredited by the Council on accredited institution.

Trades Specialist I

General Nature of Work: 

Performs a variety of routine manual tasks.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics: 

This class includes employees who may function as a crew leader for a small group of laborers.

Examples of Work: 

Assists masons, carpenters, plasterers or painters by scraping, cleaning and moving scaffolds. Plants tree seedlings. Shovels, rakes, backfills, taps and smoothes earth around bridges and highways. Assists with public traffic direction during road repairs. Maintains tools and equipment. Washes windows; mops and waxes floors. Loads and unloads equipment and supplies. Disposes of waste and trash. Mows lawns, rakes leaves and keeps grounds free of debris. Handles lines during marine vessel docking operations; repairs, splices and stows lines when not in use. Performs security watches while vessel is in port. Provides relief to vessel operator when vessel is underway. Serves as a crew leader for a small group of laborers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Knowledge of how to properly perform manual tasks. Knowledge of safety practices relevant to the tasks performed and equipment employed. Skill in the use of ropes, hand tools or cleaning equipment. Ability to follow instructions. Ability to guide and train other employees. Ability to physically perform assigned tasks.

Special Requirements: 

Some positions require a commercial driver's license.

Minimum Requirements: 

There are no minimum training or experience requirements for this class.

For a complete listing of South Carolina's state job opportunities go to jobs.sc.gov