Child Life Specialist Per Diem

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Req ID: 188773

Recruiter: Denise M Coan 

Shift: Any

Employment Status: Regular - Part Time 

Salary Grade: PDM UNG 

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If you are ready to challenge yourself, be inspired and grow – no matter what your role – you just may be the kind of breakthrough maker who will thrive at CHOP.

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Job Summary

The Child Life Specialist Per Diem functions as a member of the healthcare team and is clinically trained on the developmental impact of illness and injury.  The Child Life Specialist Per Diem is responsible for supporting patients and their family members in the health care setting by providing developmentally appropriate and therapeutic interventions with the goals of optimizing growth and development, reducing pain, fear, and anxiety, and to cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness, injury, disability, and loss.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides child life services to patients and family members, including developmentally appropriate therapeutic play and activities, education, procedural preparation, coping facilitation, and support as it relates to their illness and medical treatment.
  • Assesses, individualizes, and evaluates plan of care based on patient/family physical, developmental, emotional, and recreational needs.
  • Collaborates with patients, families, and interdisciplinary team members to integrate goals and plans to promote optimal patient care that is family-centered, developmentally appropriate, psychosocially sound, and in alignment with CHOP’s ICARE values.
  • Demonstrates compliance with patient care documentation and Hospital policies.
  • Serves as a financial steward by implementing cost effective programming and adhering to budget constraints.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelors Degree


Required Experience: Completed Child Life internship

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Master’s degree in Child Life, Child Development, Family Studies, Counseling, or Psychology.


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations: Child Life Specialist Certification (CCLS)

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge of infant, child, and adolescent growth and development.
  • Experience working with infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete duties in a timely and organized manner.
  • Work collaboratively and in a positive manner with others.
  • Ability to work independent.
  • Perform work according to CHOP policies and procedures, professional standards of care, and applicable laws.
  • Ability to set goals, prioritize, and achieve results in accordance with the highest standards.
  • Understands and promotes CHOP’s mission.

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  This mandate also applies to workforce members performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. Additionally, all workforce members based in or regularly scheduled to work at any New Jersey location are mandated to be both vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, with booster timing consistent with applicable guidelines. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons.  Please note start dates may be delayed until candidates are fully immunized or valid exemption requests are reviewed. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.
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