Child Life Specialist- per diem

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

MAIN - Main Hospital Req ID: 26665

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AX - Active - Per Diem 

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.
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.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Phone: 866-820-9288




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