Child Life Specialists - Baystate Health

Req#: R22096
Category(s): Allied Health Clinical Professional, Child Life Specialists
Full Time / Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: First


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.

Responsibilities and Additional information:

– 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.
– Candidate will require strong skills in effective interpersonal communication, time management, prioritization, and collaboration with multidisciplinary team and community resources. Must be creative, energetic, and flexible and have a strong understanding of both the acute and critical care environments, hospital systems, resources and processes.

-Must be highly engaged with child life role and bring a positive, supportive and professional demeanor to each encounter.
– Must have knowledge of trauma-informed care approach, and experience in supporting families through trauma, injury, acute and chronic illness, loss and bereavement.
– CCLS in this role will exhibit the ability to assess and implement appropriate individualized therapeutic outlets, developmentally appropriate educational approaches, and emotional supports built upon a strong foundation of child life theory and expertise gained through ongoing practice experiences and intentional commitment to ongoing child life education.
– Additional duties, tasks, responsibilities and cross coverage to other areas that receive child life services within the Baystate System as needed/assigned.

– This position is a full time, benefitted, exempt position.
– CCLS in this role will complete and maintain Minimum Requirements and Additional Responsibilities at or above the equivalent to a CCLS I Proficient Level from the BCH Child Life Clinical Recognition Program.

– This position qualifies for participation and advancement opportunities in the BCH Child Life Clinical Recognition Program.
– Schedule will include some weekend rotation with paid differential.
– Participation in holiday rotation required. (Minimum of 2 holidays/year.)
– Will report to Manager of Child Life & Healing Arts.


– Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or a related field required, 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 hour internship and is eligible to sit for the child life certification exam. Must achieve certification within 12 months of hire.
– Minimum of 1+ years of experience as a Certified Child Life Specialist in a healthcare setting preferred.

– Previous experience in an Inpatient setting, Pediatric Critical Care setting and Emergency setting preferred.
– Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) preferred.

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Bachelor of Arts (Required)


Child Life Specialist – Association of Child Life Professionals

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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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