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State of Minnesota Human Svcs Support Specialist in St. Peter, Minnesota

Working Title: Human Services Support Specialist (Certified Nursing Assistant)

Job Class: Human Services Support Specialist

Agency: Human Services Department

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 05/26/2023

  • Closing Date : 08/23/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Human Services Dept / DHS St Peter AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : St Peter / Forensic Nursing Home A

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : This posting covers all shifts

  • Rotating shift (day/evening hours)

  • Night shift (overnight hours)

  • Days of Work : Varies

  • Travel Required : No

  • Salary Range: $21.03 - $26.89 / hourly

  • Job Class Option : Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Classified Status : Classified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 204 - Health Care Non Professional/AFSCME

  • Work Area : Forensic Nursing Home - St Peter

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities (https://mn.gov/mmb/careers/diverse-workforce/people-with-disabilities/connect700/) : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Candidates may qualify for a hiring bonus up to $2,500!!!

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to join our Forensic Nursing Home team within the Direct Care and Treatment (DCT) division of the agency.

This announcement will be used to fill permanent positions at the Forensic Nursing Home. The Forensic Services campus in St. Peter is comprised of the Forensic Mental Health Program (FMHP) and the Forensic Nursing Home (FNH). Forensic Services provides mental health evaluation and treatment services to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness who present a risk to public safety. This is a safe and secure treatment environment.

We are hiring for full-time, part-time and intermittent positions on rotating and night shifts . This posting covers all CNA vacancies within the FNH and the position schedule type is subject to what is available. Rotating shift includes day and evening hours. Night shift includes overnight hours. Days of work and hours will vary depending on facility needs including weekend and some holiday shifts. Positions with anticipated work hours fourteen (14) or less hours per week are not eligible for the hiring bonus. Please discuss your preference with the hiring supervisor during your interview.

This is a great opporutnity to earn your Certification as a Nursing Assistant!

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a part of a multi-disciplinary team and provides direct care, treatment, support, and leisure activities to residents at the Forensic Nursing Home in St. Peter. Day-to-day responsibilities of this position include:

  • Providing care to residents in accordance with the plan of care and under the direction of a licensed nurse while maintaining a therapeutic working relationship with residents.

  • Directly supporting residents as necessary including assisting in meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and personal care activities, emergency intervention and providing general resident supervision.

  • Addressing crisis situations that present a risk to the health and safety of residents (e.g., CPR, first aid, emergency physical intervention).

  • Using non-physical intervention strategies (e.g., negotiation, active listening, redirection) whenever possible to address behavioral crisis and potential behavioral crisis.

  • Maintaining a clean safe working environment.

  • Transporting residents, if needed.

Working for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Direct Care & Treatment division PAYS!

In addition to a rewarding career in which you will be positively impacting the lives of Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents, we provide competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. This includes a competitive hourly wage, affordable insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off and more!

When you start a career with us, you may also be eligible for:

  • $2500 Hiring Bonus (Current State of Minnesota employees are not eligible for a Hiring Bonus)

  • Annual pay increases

  • Corrections Early Retirement Program

  • Tuition reimbursement for courses related to the work of DHS

  • Student loan reimbursement

  • $50 bonus for voluntarily working days off and weekends

What a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that is committed to our staff, clients, and community!

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • High School diploma or General Education Diploma

  • Must possess a valid driver‘s license

  • Current registration as a Nursing Assistant with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Nursing Assistant Registry. If you are not currently registered as a Nursing Assistant with the MDH, we will reimburse you to become certified within six (6) months from your date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that you clearly describe your work experience in the areas listed for each job held.

REFERENCE CHECKS - The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

EDUCATION VERIFICATION - Applicants may be required to provide documentation to demonstrate proof of education if required for the position.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance is needed.