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Training Specialist 1 (Mental Hygiene), G-18

Occupation Group

Human Resources and Training

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Job Description

Training Specialists 1 (Mental Hygiene) develop and deliver major segments of institution and community training programs to improve the knowledge and abilities of those caring for and treating individuals with mental illness or developmental disabilities in institutional and community settings.  

As a Training Specialist 1 (Mental Hygiene), you would:

Develop and present training courses in an agency's training program.

Identify and assess specific training needs by reviewing agency programs and by discussing staff and program requirements with program managers.

Develop a training program to meet identified needs by determining course content and method of presentation and obtaining training materials.

Prepare proposals for training programs utilizing funds provided for in State and employee agreements, and for Managerial/Confidential training.

Present training courses by obtaining outside instructors or personally conducting courses and selecting audiovisual teaching aids.

Review outside instructors lesson plans to ensure consistency with course outlines.

Prepare lesson plans for those courses conducted personally.

Evaluate training courses with questionnaires, review of work reports, or supervisory evaluation.

Inform employees and program managers of available training and educational opportunities.

Disseminate training announcements and information concerning educational opportunities.

Provide specific information and course applications for those employees who may have a direct interest in a training course.

Select employees for training courses and educational opportunities based on relevance of courses to employee's work, budgetary restraints, and class size.

Assist program managers and supervisors in developing on-the-job training programs that will optimize.

Review on-the-job training programs with supervisors to optimize required learning opportunities for employees.

Recommend specialized training courses to correct problems or to familiarize staff with new programs, policies, or procedures.

Provide fiscal and administrative oversight for training-related contracts by assisting with contract development, including solicitation and administration of requests for proposals.

Provide technical assistance in developing and updating training policies, and updates training manuals using appropriate resources and with assistance and review by supervisors.

Maintain web-based learning management system within an agency to record compliance and analyze training needs.

Training Specialists 2 perform the same tasks as Training Specialists 1 and supervise professional and paraprofessional training staff and/or support staff.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field; and two years of experience in developing and delivering classroom training involving concepts and techniques of care for vulnerable persons in a mental hygiene setting;


Master's or higher degree in a Human Services field and one year of experience in developing and delivering classroom training involving concepts and techniques of care for vulnerable persons in a mental hygiene setting.

Note: non-qualifying degrees include, but are not limited to: Criminal Justice, Political Science, Liberal Arts, and Business.

To Apply

To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 22, 2017, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2017, and take the PCO written test in April of 2017. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: