New England Job Postings

(Updated 6/1)

Child Life Specialist

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Lebanon, NH

Full Time

The Child Life Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock has an opening for a Child Life Specialist to serve the children of our adult patients with the main points of services being post trauma, bereavement, and to support conversation around diagnosis and treatment. This person will work closely with the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, palliative care, the Jack Byrne Center and the ICU teams.

Our program is a regional service providing programming throughout central and southern New Hampshire. Our goal is to help children and families acclimate to the healthcare environment and to understand and manage challgening and stressful situations. Patients and their families are our number one priority.

The post holder provides and supports the psychosocial development of children who are hospitalized or children of a patient who is hospitalized. Provides developmental activities or creates treatment plans compatible with medical and psychosocial needs, interests, and capabilities to assist in the adjustment to a hospital environment or setting.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completion of a 600-hour child life clinical internship under the supervision of a Certified Life Specialist

  • Bachelor of Science/Arts in the field of Child Life, Human Resources, Child Development or Psychology, with a focus on the hospitalized child.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills essential.

  • Child Life certification or pending preferred.

 

If interested or for more information, please click here.

 

(Posted 5/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, MA

 2 Part Time (Day Shift, 20 hours in Acute Psychiatry Service) and 1 Per Diem Position (Evenings in the ED)

The Child life Specialist designs, implements, and evaluates programs that assess and treat the psychosocial, developmental and medical educational needs of children and their families.  The Child Life Specialist also organizes and directs a therapeutic program that meets the developmental, emotional and psychosocial needs of children and their families.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Master's preferred

  • 600-hour Child Life internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist

  • Child life certification from the Association of Child Life Professionals must be obtained within 12 months of hire and maintained thereafter

  • For per diem role, two years of experience in a hospital setting is required

 

If interested or for more information, please click here and search "Child Life".

 

(Posted 5/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Children's Hospital Boston

Boston, MA and Brookline, MA Campuses

Children's Hospital Boston has five job opportunities and may require more than is listed below.  The job opportunities are in the Emergency Department, the Autism Center(two positions), the Developmental Medicine Department and an Inpatient/Outpatient Float.  The hours range from 24-40 hours depending on the job.  The Child Life Specialist will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Participating in therapeutic activities and programs to meet patients' psychosocial and developmental needs, and facilitating adjustment to health care experiences.

  • Serving as member of multidisciplinary team.

  • Delegating work assignments to volunteers and participates in clinical training of student interns.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Child Development, Child Life, or a closely related field with a concentration in child life.

  • 600-hour Child Life internship under the supervision of a certified child life specialist.

  • General skills to resolve problems requiring the use of child development theory, professional child life principles, and experienced‑based knowledge.

  • Well-developed writing skills, and excellent communication skills including conflict resolution to effectively work as a team member.

  • Certification in Child Life Specialist required within 1 year of hire for all new hires

For more information about these job opportunities, please click here and search for "Child Life". 

(Posted 5/2021)

Certified Child Life Specialist

Maternal Child Health

Boston Medical Center

Boston, MA

Temporary Position, Per Diem (Day Shift)

The Child Life Specialist ensures that comprehensive services are provided to minimize the negative impact of trauma, illness, and hospitalization by addressing the emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs of patients and families throughout the healthcare experience.

This position will primarily be full-time coverage for maternity leave, within the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Clinic. Specialists will cross-train in other areas as responsibility for this position will include responding to consults in other areas of the hospital as needed/vacation coverage of team members.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in child life or closely related field. Masters preferred.

  • Completion of child life internship (600 hours) under the direct supervision of a Certified Child life Specialist required. 

  • Certification as a child life specialist is preferred and required within 6 months of hire.

 

If interested or for more information, please click Boston Medical Center Position

 

(Posted 5/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Newton, MA

Per Diem positions:  Weekday shifts, shifts range from 6:30a-midnight, all units

The Child Life Specialist (CLS) is responsible for administering an educational, recreational, and therapeutic program for children in the hospital setting. The Child Life Specialist is responsible for formulating policies and administering programs designed to further the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children in the pediatric setting, for orienting hospital staff to the psychosocial needs of children and their families, and for fostering positive hospital-community relationships.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Baccalaureate degree in child life or closely related field is required. Masters preferred.

  • Certification required within a year of hire 

  • Strong background in child development required

  • Excellent communication skills required

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 4/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Baystate Health

Springfield, MA

Per Diem: First Shift

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Child Life Internship & completion of Child Life Orientation at BCH; preferred

  • Child Life Specialist Certification required, or certification eligible and must pass exam within 12 months of hire (at a lower level).

  • Must be able to balance a wide variety of patient/family/program needs to best address an individualized plan of care for patients seen on the inpatient units, in the Pedi ED, Special Procedures, Radiology or other areas where Child Life Services are provided

  • Must communicate positively with patients/families & staff

  • Must be highly engaged with child life role and bring an energetic, professional demeanor to each encounter

  • Bachelor of Arts (Required)

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 4/2021)

Child Life Specialist II

University of Vermont Children's Medical Center

Burlington, VT

Per Diem: No Set Hours but Primarily 8am-5pm needs

The Child Life Specialist II functions within the policies, practices and program plans of the Department of Nursing at the organization. Under the supervisor of the Baird 5 Nurse Manager, s/he is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating Child Life programming for the hospitalized children that is designed to further the social, emotional and physical well-being of children within the hospital setting. In addition, s/he is also responsible for overseeing pediatric volunteers and for orienting hospital staff to the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Child Life; Masters degree in Child Life preferred; CCLS Certification

  • At least 1 year experience working as a Child Life Specialist I at this organization or equivalent facility

For more information, please click here.

(Posted 3/2021) 

Child Life Specialist

Pediatric Oncology

Northern Light Eastern Medical Center

Brewer, ME

Full Time 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

JOB SUMMARY/DUTIES TO INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO: Provides basic age appropriate situation-based assessments to foster positive coping with outpatient care activities through implementation of person and family centric intervention plans. Provides developmentally appropriate procedural education. Provides active preparation and support for interventional activities such as venipunctures / central access device access / initiation of IV therapy / bone marrow procedures / blood factor administration. Provides age appropriate educational materials to promote understanding of disease/treatment on part of patient/parent/siblings/extended family members. Works actively as a member of patient/family professional support team in a family centric manner. Works with hospital-based Child Life Specialists to assure positive continuity of care - may involve occasional visits during inpatient stays. Participates in daily patient care huddles, weekly team/care meetings, child/family care meetings, school visits, home visits, Bleeding Disorder Clinic, Survivorship Clinic and Camp Hope. Serves as a liaison with NLH Foundation in advancing support for patient/family activities/material needs. Occasional evening and weekend program-based activities may require flexing of scheduled hours. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (in any field of study) from an academic institution accredited by an organization that is recognized by either the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the international equivalent AND additional coursework as specified by the Association of Child Life Specialists 600 hours of internship – under the supervision of someone with CCLS credentials – this most often occurs PRIOR to completion of the academic degree. Graduation from an ACLP-endorsed child life academic program (during the period of endorsement) or 10 college courses in the following content areas: Child Life Course Taught by a CCLS 2 Child Development Courses Family Systems Course Play Course Loss/Bereavement or Death/Dying Course Research Course Three Additional Courses For each of the 10 required courses, it is recommended that students take a 3-credit course or the equivalent to have an appropriate depth of instruction. A minimum of one full course must be completed for each of the required areas of study. (A minimum of two courses are required for the child development requirement.) For a course to count, the required content must be the primary focus of the course

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Education or Child Development

  • 6 - 9 months in medical setting. Prior experience working with Microsoft Office Word, Excel preferred. 

  • Child Life Specialist Certification within one year of hire; age appropriate CPR certified or within 6 months of hire. 

For more information, please click here and search for "Child Life".

(Posted 3/2021)

If you or anyone else you know has a job listing in the New England Region, please contact info@newenglandchildlife.org with a brief job description, minimum qualifications as well as area in the hospital if feasible. We will be trying to keep this as up-to-date as possible.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Cradles to Crayons

Boston, MA

Service Learning Activity Development

Developing age-appropriate educational activities and materials, leading and working alongside our student volunteer groups and implementing newly created service learning activities.

Time Commitment: 20-40 hrs/wk

Experience working with middle school and high school students, well-organized, experience doing research projects and knowledge of service learning.


Contact -

For more information visit www.cradlestocrayons.org