Childlife Specialist/Coord

Meets the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children through a play activity program. Provides play opportunities and other experiences in order to minimize the negative emotional and developmental impact of hospitalization.
Essential Functions:
Develops, implements and evaluates/improves Child Life Programs for hospitalized Pediatric patients.
Provides age appropriate therapeutic play activities for the ambulatory and bedridden pediatric patient which assists in coping with their illness and hospitalization.
Assists children in the development of coping strategies through play, recreation, and art.
In conjunction with other health care team members, identifies current patient needs and develops care plan goals.
Participates in multi-disciplinary care conferences.
Ensures each child's program is consistent with TJC and other regulatory requirements.
In conjunction with others, coordinates the Child Life Program volunteers.
Orients, trains, and supervises volunteers and students who provide support on the pediatric unit.
Develops and implements in-service training to hospital staff in the area of Child Life.
Monitors the effectiveness of the program.
Basic Qualifications:
Experience
Minimum two (2) years of experience as a Child Life Specialist.
Education
Bachelor's degree in child life or related field (i.e. early childhood development, recreation therapy) OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
Child Life Specialist certification required within one (1) year of hire.
Valid BLS card.
Additional Requirements:
Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.
Preferred Qualifications:
In-patient hospital experience preferred.
Master's degree and one (1) year post-graduate master's preferred.

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