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Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Intensive Treatment Program $2000 Sign-On Bonus 
Job Announcement Code(s): 20-02194

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    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) - Intensive Treatment Program

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Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Evening 2nd Shift (3pm to 11pm or similar hours)
Evening 3rd Shift (11pm to 7am or similar hours)
The starting pay is $19.30 per hour. A $1.20 add-on will be added for all hours worked after initial training. A $.45 night differential and $.60 weekend differential are available. A $2000 sign-on bonus applies to those who do not have any prior state service in the last five years and must stay with CWC for a minimum of one year to retain the bonus. Bonus will be split, $1000 upon hire and $1000 after one year. This position is in pay schedule/range 06/12 and a 12-month probation is required.
Allyvia Vang, Human Resources Generalist,
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Do you have a passion to help others while earning a competitive wage with phenomenal benefits? We provide successful applicants with paid on-the-job CNA Certification training.

Click here to see what working for Central Wisconsin Center (CWC) is all about.

DHS full-time employees enjoy several State benefits including 3.5 weeks of vacation, 9 paid holidays, an ample amount of sick time, a top-rated health plan, low-cost insurance options, and an exceptional retirement plan. For more information about State employee benefits, click here. Our employees also receive an extensive orientation program and on-site CPR training.

Low-cost insurance options start at $32/month for single plans and $80/month for family plans after two months of state service.

CWC provides short-term and residential services to assist people living with intellectual disabilities in acquiring the personal skills needed to reach their highest potential. CWC is located at 317 Knutson Drive on the north side of Madison.

There are multiple shifts available. These positions require the ability to work scheduled hours as needed (day, evening, night, weekends, and holidays), including overtime as needed with shifts up to 15.5 hours long.

Position Summary:   

The CNA positions are responsible for the care of behaviorally complex individuals admitted to the Intensive Treatment Program (ITP) at CWC. In addition to assisting the Activities of Daily Living as indicated, active treatment and achievement of individualized goals for the admission, the CNA must demonstrate the ability to adapt to a changing census and level of medical acuity and assignment on short notice. The position also incorporates advanced knowledge of ID/DD unique needs in the plan of care. The CNA is responsible to adhere to ID/IID regulations pertaining to, but not limited to: individual protections, active treatment services, individual behavior programs, health care services, and dietary services.

Special Notes:   

All applicants who may be appointed to this position will be required to allow DHS to conduct a background check to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job being filled.

All appointees will be required to receive a TB test, which will be administered by CWC or medical personnel approved by the facility prior to their start date.

This position has physical requirements which may include but are not limited: to lifting up to 55 lbs, carrying, bending, kneeling, crawling, twisting, and balancing. Applicants may be required to pass a physical evaluation to assess these requirements.

All appointees will be required to successfully complete the New Employee Orientation training program during the first 4-8 weeks of employment. Training period length is determined based on certification. This training period is full-time, Monday-Friday at CWC. Employer-paid training will be provided to appointees who are not currently certified as Nursing Assistants. All appointees must obtain a valid CNA certification within the training period in order to maintain employment.


Minimum requirements:

  • Valid CNA Certification OR experience providing direct support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities with mental health or behavioral disorders.

  • Must be willing and available to attend the required training full-time, Monday-Friday during the first 4-8 weeks of employment.

  • Must be willing and available to work nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed including staying for the next shift or working additional shifts as assigned to maintain staffing requirements (up to 15.5 hours total in one shift).

  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

Preferred requirements:

  • Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Experience following individualized plans of care for patients or residents.

  • Experience working cooperatively with co-workers, supervisors, patients/residents, etc.

How To Apply:   

Click on the Preview Assessment link near the top of this announcement to view the qualifications that will be evaluated in the initial part of the selection process.

After you have previewed the assessment, interested applicants who would like to apply for this position will apply on-line via Wisc.Jobs. Click “Log In” to access your existing account or to create a new account if you do not already have an account in the system. After you have logged in, click “Apply Now.” You will be asked to provide your personal information. Attach your current resume (in a Word or PDF compatible format). To be considered for this position applicants must complete the online process. Failure to submit all required materials will result in an incomplete application and ineligibility for this position. Application materials will not be accepted if received in an incompatible format, an email, as a hard copy or a fax.

Applicants deemed eligible may be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the HR Specialist on this announcement.

Permanent classified state employees who are eligible for consideration (transfer, voluntary demotion, or former employees as a reinstatement) must complete the online application process to apply.

Questions regarding the in-person assessment and interviews can be directed to Tanya Ketelboeter at Technical issues or questions regarding your application can be directed to Allyvia Vang at

Please note: Important information regarding this recruitment may be communicated via email.

DHS is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans are encouraged to apply. For complete information on veterans hiring programs that may benefit you, please visit the Employment Assistance page on Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs' website.

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