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Child Life Specialist

Requisition #: 185975
Location: Johns Hopkins Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Baltimore, MD 21201
Category: Non-Clinical Professional
Work Shift: Day Shift
Work Week: Full Time (40 hours)
Weekend Work Required: No
Date Posted: July 10, 2019

Johns Hopkins Health System employs more than 20,000 people annually. Upon joining Johns Hopkins Health System, you become part of a diverse organization dedicated to its patients, their families, and the community we serve, as well as to our employees. Career opportunities are available in academic and community hospital settings, home care services, physician practices, international affiliate locations and in the health insurance industry. If you share in our vision, mission and values and also have exceptional customer service and technical skills, we invite you to join those who are leaders and innovators in the healthcare field.

Position Summary:

Provides psychosocially and developmentally based assessment and support to both patients and their families. Plans and provides emotionally and developmentally appropriate play and other experiences to promote effective coping with health care experiences and continued cognitive and emotional growth. Enhances quality of patient care through participation, documentation and communication with other members of the health care team. Teaches, supervises and evaluates work of volunteers and Child Life practicum students. Serves as a resource and advocate on child development issues.


A professional level of knowledge of theoretical rationale of child development theories, educational theory, and caregiving practices.

Knowledge and skill in growth and development, therapeutic play, psychological preparation, provision of coping strategies and support during medical events.

Knowledge of medical terminology and its implications at a level generally acquired through nine to twelve months on-the-job training.

Knowledge of the Child Life Council Code of Ethics.

Familiarity with hospital/departmental policies and procedures normally acquired through one to three months on-the-job experience.


A Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, Human Development, Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Child Life, or related field, and completion of a Child Life internship of, minimum 480 hours preferred 600 hours.

Work Experience:

One year job experience or a Master’s degree with some work experience preferred.


Day, Full Time (40 hours)

8:00 am-4:30 pm


Work Location:

JHH, 600 N. Wolfe Street


Ability to (1) assess patient/family psychosocial and developmental strengths and risks, (2) plan goals, (3) implement interventions, and (4) evaluate effectiveness of assessment, plans and interventions.

Ability to facilitate a variety of group and individual play and activities that promote development, self-expression, and mastery.Ability to provide constant attention to patients and families, determining their needs, monitoring their behavior and providing necessary support up to eighty percent of work day.

Documentation and written communication skills, usually acquired through internship and nine to twelve months on-the-job training.

Effective verbal communication and public speaking skills.

Basic supervisory skills.

Strong multi-cultural skills to interact effectively with patients, families, and staff.

Strong time management and organizational skills.

Required Licensure, Certification:

Certification at the professional level through the Child Life Council must be acquired within the first year of employment. Employee must maintain certification during employment. If employee fails to recertify according to Child Life Council standards, employee must take and pass the certification exam the next time it is offered.

Working Conditions:

Works in patient care areas where there are no physical discomforts due to dust, dirt, temperature and the like.

Physical ability required to walk and stand for up to eighty percent of work time and lifting or pushing of objects weighing up to thirty pounds for up to fifteen percent of work time.

Johns Hopkins is a Smoke – Free campus.

Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are drug-free workplace employers.

Johns Hopkins Health System and its affiliates are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.


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