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Job Details

Unit Secretary

Category: Clerical and Administrative Support
CHA Somerville Campus, Somerville, MA 02143

Department: 5 East and 5 West
Job Type: Part Time
Job Class: Union
Work Shift: Evenings
Work Days: Primarily 3p-7p, every other weekend and rotating holidays
Hours/Week: 20
Date Posted: 05/25/2021
Requisition Number: hrq-118189

Job Details

In partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts we will be expanding inpatient psychiatric care in the region, by adding 42 new child, adolescent and specialized autism spectrum/neurodevelopmental beds at our Somerville Campus. The new CHA Center of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Care at Somerville will provide a transformative continuum of patient and family-centered care for diverse youth with mental health needs.

Cambridge Health Alliance's Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Inpatient Unit provides specialist assessment and care for children and adolescents who have severe mental health and neurodevelopmental needs. CHA provides services for children experiencing complex and persistent emotional and behavioral difficulties due to neurodevelopmental disorders. We care for our patients in a newly renovated secured 24-bed unit at the CHA Somerville Campus. Our unit offers private rooms, communal eating and living areas, an outdoor activity space, an active sensory room, quiet 'calming' spaces for both individual and group play and learning.

Job Purpose

The Unit Secretary performs a wide variety of administrative/clerical and non-patient care duties. Maintains the medical record and department whiteboard, answers the telephone, schedules appointments and displays professional behavior and attitude to all customer groups. Strong attention to contributing to patients' excellence of care.


  • High school diploma or GED required.

  • Must have excellent customer service, PC skills and attention to detail. Knowledge of medical terminology and abbreviations. Must be highly organized and able to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Previous medical unit secretary experience preferred. Must be comfortable working in a secured inpatient psychiatric unit.

In addition, newly hired candidates are required to successfully complete a job specific physical agility test

KEYWORDS: Pediatric / Autism / Hospital / Mental Health / Diversity / Medical / Inpatient


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