Child Life Specialist

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7092178 (Ref:10014660)

Posted: January 13, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope
City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.
Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.
Position Summary:
The Child Life Specialist for Children of Adult Patients functions as an integral member of the Supportive Care Medicine and Pediatrics teams by providing educational and therapeutic interventions that promote a pediatric patient’s emotional, social and cognitive growth and development. The Child Life Specialist also provides therapeutic support and clinical education to the child/children of adult patients. Child Life Specialists develop, coordinate and facilitate developmentally-tailored educational programs, such as CLIMB and Pediatric Patient and Family Orientation.
The Department of Supportive Care Medicine utilizes a staff leadership model and every employee is expected to take a leadership role in the department, including active involvement on a department work team. Employee will also be expected to actively participate in 1) marketing the department and department products and services; 2) educational and group programs, 3) program development and fundraising efforts, and 4) outreach to patients, families, other City of Hope departments and the community.
Essential Functions:
  • Incorporates a variety of child-centered, therapeutic interactions into interventions that support children, grandchildren, and young siblings of adult patients in coping with hospitalization ,illness, treatment, and grief and bereavement issues.
  • Educate children of adult patients for treatments, procedures, and/or surgery by using developmentally appropriate clinical education.
  • Develop, coordinate and facilitate group education and support programs such as CLIMB.  Actively contribute to program development as a member/leader of Supportive Care Medicine work teams.
  • Provide consultation to the health care team regarding the developmental status and individual needs of the patient and family in order to promote optimal adaptation to hospitalization and treatment.
  • Communicate observations, assessments and recommendations for care to other members of the interdisciplinary team in a timely manner through participation in interdisciplinary rounds, verbal reports and concise documentation in the medical record.
  • Develop and conduct in-service training related to Child Life and developmentally appropriate care for patient care provider, college students and the community. Train and supervise Child Life interns and students.
Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.  Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Reporting Relationships
  • The position directly supervises:  Child Life intern
Position Qualifications:
Minimum Education:
  • M.S. /M.A. in Child Life or related field
Minimum Experience:
  • Completion of Child Life internship in a hospital setting that included work with pediatric oncology patients
Req. Certification/Licensure:
  • Child Life Certification or take exam within 4 months of hire
Pref. Certification/Licensure:
  • Basic Life Support certification 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook and Internet proficiency
  • Personal computer, Fax, Photocopier, Printer, Scanner, TV/DVD
Working / Environmental Conditions:
  • Contact with patients and their families under varied circumstances
  • Subject to situations involving grief processes and related issues
  • Atmosphere and environment associated with patient care areas
  • May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases
  • Exposed to material of a confidential nature on a regular basis
  • Frequent pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries
  • Subject to handling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Subject to regularly changing priorities and work assignments
  • Requires judgment that could affect image of City of Hope
  • Occasional travel required
  • Tobacco-free environment
Physical Demands:
  • Wear required protective equipment: gown, gloves, and mask.
  • Moderate physical effort (lift or carry up to 25 lbs.)
  • Prolonged, extensive or considerable standing or walking
  • Lift, position and/or transfers patients.
  • Manual dexterity and mobility.
  • Intermittent exertion when performing interventions
  • Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling and crouching
  • Push and pull filled wheeled carts or wagons
  • Work at computer tasks involving hand wrist coordination
  • Work at tasks involving focus and concentration
City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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Job posting number:#7092178 (Ref:10014660)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:City of Hope
United States
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