Child Life Specialists - Baystate Health

Req#: R29370
Category(s): Allied Health Clinical Professional, Child Life Specialists
Full Time / Part Time: Part-Time
Shift: First

Child Life Specialist-Float

Up to $4,000 sign-on bonus (external applicants eligible)

Baystate Health, a nationally recognized leader in healthcare quality and safety, and home to Baystate’s Child Life Healing Arts Team, is looking for a part-time Child Life Specialist to join our strong and supportive team offering a thorough orientation and provide a peer mentor for additional support for their first year on our team. This position also has opportunity to advance in our career ladder.

Resume required with application


  • 34-hour benefited position with potential for additional hours as needed.

  • Schedule will consistently include every other weekend, 8a-6:30p covering 2 inpatient units with pager support to the Pedi ED during morning hours. Remaining hours will be varied with advanced notice of schedule, providing child life focused support to children and families in all pediatric areas based on staffing needs/gaps. Shifts may fall between 6a and 12a and may be 6, 8, 10 or 12 hours in length, depending on unit being covered.

  • Some additional weekend shifts may be required.

  • Participation in team holiday rotation required.

  • Includes weekend and evening shift differentials plus additional allowance to accommodate variable schedule.

  • Extensive full time orientation offered along with participation in department mentorship program.


  • Baystate Children's Medical Center, Springfield, MA


  • Excellent Compensation

  • High-quality, low-cost medical, dental and vision insurance

  • Generous PTO – up to 25 days in the first year, with scheduled earned increases

  • Continuing education support and reimbursement

  • First Time Home Buyers Financial Packages

  • Farm Share Memberships

  • 403b retirement company match & annual company contribution increase based on years of service

  • Free money coach advice from a certified professional

  • Wellbeing programs that include but are not limited to mental, physical, and financial health

  • Adoption assistance

  • Pet, home, auto and personal insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Work-life integration

  • Reimbursement for a variety of wellbeing activities, included but limited to gym membership and equipment, personal trainer, massage and so much more!


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Child Life or a related field required with CLS Certification (Master’s Degree preferred)

  • Certification as a Child Life Specialist through the Association of Child Life Professionals required. **Will consider candidate who has successfully completed a minimum of 600 hours Child Life Specialist Internship and is eligible to sit for the Child Life Specialist Certification exam. Must achieve certification within 12 months of hire (required)

  • Bi-lingual (Spanish/English, preferred)

  • CPR through American Heart Association BLS Provider (required)

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The Child Life Specialist will function as an integral part of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide patient and family centered care, advocacy and psychosocial support to children and families within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Children’s and Adolescent’s Unit (CHAD) along with responsibility for coverage of patient/family and team support during resuscitations and traumas in the Pedi Emergency Department as needed/assigned.

Baystate Medical Center is a 716-bed independent academic medical center and a teaching site of the UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate. Includes Baystate Children’s Hospital, the Wesson Women and Infants’ Unit, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, and more. 

As the community’s major referral hospital, we provide a wide range of services now for more than 140 years to include emergency, surgery, cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, behavioral health, therapy and more.

  • More than 700 physicians on active and courtesy staff across our health system

  • More than 197,000 Emergency Department and Urgent Care visits annually at Baystate Health

  • More than 4,000 babies delivered each year across Baystate Health hospitals

  • Training site for the Family Medicine residency, and for residents in emergency medicine, surgery, and obstetrics programs based at Baystate Medical Center



The Child Life Specialist is responsible for the provision of child life focused care to children and their families served in a variety of health care settings. Individualized, therapeutic interventions are facilitated through collaboration with the patient, family, and health care team members. The choice of play outlets, educational approaches, and emotional support are built upon a strong foundation child life theory and expertise gained through ongoing practice experiences and intentional commitment to ongoing child life education. The child life specialist functions as an integral partner of the health care team, facilitating patient- and family-centered support and advocating and enabling psychosocially sound practices across the continuum of care.

CCLS I – Proficient Practice: The child life specialist practicing at this level is applying skills and knowledge obtained through her/his internship, previous employment, or obtained during period since employment at Baystate Health System. This clinician requires ongoing direct education and mentoring by senior child life specialists and health care team colleagues. This description covers the essential functions of the position. The incumbent is expected to perform similar and related duties as assigned. The Child Life Manager is responsible for ensuring that the child life specialist consistently meets the necessary behaviors

Additional information:

  • The Child Life Specialist in this role will serve as a float CCLS, flexibly providing child life focused supports within all areas that receive Child Life Services within the Baystate System as needed/assigned.

  • Candidate will require strong skills in communication, advocacy, time management, prioritization, and ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary team and community resources.  Must be creative, flexible, and independent.

  • Must be highly engaged with child life role and bring an energetic, professional demeanor to each encounter.

  • Must have knowledge of trauma-informed care and patient and family centered care principles, and be prepared to support children and families through medical procedures, trauma, injury, acute and chronic illness, loss, bereavement, preventative care in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Additional tasks and responsibilities as assigned and as needed to support department needs.

  • 34 hours/week, part time, benefited, hourly position with opportunity for additional hours when needed/agreed upon. Shifts will fall between 6am and 12am

  • Minimum of three weekend days a month required.

  • Schedule will be flexible to meet needs of the department and shifts will be determined a minimum of one month in advance, with some flexibility.

  • Some holiday coverage required (2 holidays/year within team holiday rotation) including additional holiday compensation.

  • Eligible for participation in Child Life Clinical Recognition program with opportunities to advance on the CLHA Department's clinical ladder.

  • Will report to Manager of Child Life & Healing Arts

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Bachelor of Arts (Required)


Child Life Specialist – Association of Child Life Professionals

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Baystate Health is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

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