Clinical Education Specialist (Psychiatric) (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240205-2657FP-002


Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! 

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a Clinical Education Specialist (Psychiatric) to join their team! This position will have a key responsibility for maintaining a safe treatment environment though ongoing assessment and implementation of appropriate psychiatric interventions and treatment.

  • FACILITY: Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS)
  • LOCATION: Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center (GBCMHC)
  • ADDRESS: 1635 Central Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
  • UNIT: Education and Training 
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • Provide substantial input regarding patient care needs, response to treatment, and recommend modifications in the overall plan of care;
  • Complete comprehensive Initial Nursing Assessment for patients with acute psychiatric and addictive problems; and
  • Provide direct patient care that includes education, counseling, medication administration and documentation of the treatment and progress made by the patient.
DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

SWCMHS strives to provide high quality, compassionate and culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to adults with behavioral health disorders who are indigent. With three locations throughout Fairfield County, SWCMHS, promotes and administers comprehensive recovery oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment. These services include inpatient treatment programs and outpatient clinical services, as well as a wide range of additional supportive treatment services. 

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Please Note: In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.

Please Note: For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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  • NOTE: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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In the Departments of Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services, Central Office this class is accountable for the planning, evaluation and coordination of a diversified interdisciplinary educational program for professional and paraprofessional health care personnel.


  • Identify professional development needs, develop a training program, facilitate training sessions and conduct in-service sessions for staff           
  • Reviews and revises programs according to changing concepts, objectives and teaching methods  
  • Collaborates with medical providers, patient care staff, and unit management in the planning, implementation, and delivery of educational curricula
  • Initiates skills development programs within the parameters of established care models; monitors trends and implements educational strategies to ensure compliance with quality standards and parameters
  • Provides educational leadership to care providers to enhance specialized patient care within established healthcare setting   
  • Preparation of curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes  
  • Educates technical and patient care staff in the use of new equipment, supplies, and instruments; coordinates in-service training and workshops for appropriate staff  
  • Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices  
  • Maintains a master schedule of all educational programs 
  • Participates in preparation and implementation of budget for educational functions 
  • Participates in curriculum development conferences and accreditation visits 
  • Participates in developing, obtaining and implementing federal grants for staff development programs 
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  • Considerable knowledge of 
    • principles and practices of health care in the appropriate parenthetical title; 
    • curriculum development, test construction and program development; 
    • teaching, counseling and evaluating techniques; 
  • Knowledge of 
    • new trends and developments in treatment; 
    • dynamics of individual and group behavior; 
    • selection techniques; 
  • Considerable 
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • interviewing skills.


Five (5) years of professional experience in a health care facility in the specialty designated by the parenthetical title.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a professional capacity with the major portion of duties teaching in the appropriate specialty.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of one (1) year for a Bachelor's degree. 
  • A Master's degree in education, nursing or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience with verbal and written communication and presenting to small and large groups
  • Experience utilizing interpersonal skills and collaborating with all levels in a collaborative team environment
  • Experience with behavioral health populations
  • Experience using established care models in the development of education programs


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.


This replaces the existing specification for the class of Clinical Education Specialist (Psychiatric) in Salary Group FP 28 approved effective August 23, 2018. (Reviewed for content and revised to modernize and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-273