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New England Job Postings
Updated 1/22/24

Connecticut

Child Life Specialist 
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Hartford, CT

2 Full Time Position

1 Per Diem Position

Under general supervision, contributes to a positive hospital experience by providing psychosocial support for pediatric patients and their families to promote optimal cognitive, emotional, social and physical development of the patient and family during a hospital stay. Assess needs of children and their families taking into consideration each child's family, culture and stage of development. Provide children and their families with a variety of developmental, therapeutic and educational opportunities in order to minimize stress and anxiety, and to provide support to patient/family during hospitalization or challenging events. Reports to Manager of Child & Family Support Services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Child Development, or directly related field in behavioral sciences or human development required, Master's Degree preferred

  • 600 hour Child Life internship

  • 1-2 years experience as a Child Life Specialist in a health care environment preferred

  • Certified Child Life Specialist issued through ACLP within one year of hire

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPR) training certification required within one year of hire and maintained thereafter

For more information, please click here to visit the CCMC career website and search "child life".

Child Life Specialist 
Yale New Haven
New Haven, CT

1 Full Time Position

Responsible for promoting optimum development of infant, children, adolescents and families; maintaining normal living patterns and minimizing psychological upset. As integral members of the interdisciplinary health care team, child life specialists provide children opportunities for gaining a sense of mastery, for play, for learning, for self-expression, for family involvement and for peer interaction. Specialists also provide instruction and supervision to student interns and volunteers and interpret child life philosophy to the health care community.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, Child Psychology, Recreational Therapy, or related field required, Master's Degree preferred

  • 1-2 years experience as a Child Life Specialist in a health care environment preferred

  • Certification within 6 months of hire.

  • CPR certified

For more information, please click here and search "child life specialist".

Maine

Child Life Specialist
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
Portland, ME

1 Full Time Position: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

1 Full Time Position: Hematology & Oncology

1 Part Time Positions 

$1,000 Sign On Bonus

A Child Life Specialist provides developmentally, clinically appropriate Child Life services based on patient and family needs and multidisciplinary care plan for patients in designated pediatric areas under the general administration of the Child Life Program Manager. Child life interventions may be offered in individual or group settings and will assess and support a child’s understanding of healthcare experiences, emotional support, pain and/or anxiety management, socialization, developmental needs, coping styles and family/parent/sibling support. Child Life Services supports a primary specialist care delivery model.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in Child Life or related field

  • License/Certifications: Association of Child Life Professionals Certification Certified Child Life Specialist (earned or within 1 year of hire)

  • Experience: 1 year of child life experience preferred

For more information, please click here.

Massachusetts

Child Life Specialist
Baystate Health
Springfield, MA

1 Full Time Inpatient/PICU Position with $4,000 Sign On Bonus

Baystate Child Life Specialists are 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Child Life or related field (Master's preferred)

  • Child Life Internship (600 hours)

  • Child Life Specialist Certification through the Association of Child Life Professionals, or eligibility for certification and successful passing of CCLS exam within 12 months of hire.

For more information, please click here.

Child Life Specialist
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, MA

3 Full Time Positions in Behavioral Health, NICU, and Inpatient Medicine

3 Part Time Positions in the Autism Spectrum Center and the Emergency Department

1 Per Diem Position in Cardiac ICU (Extended Maternity Leave)

The Child Life Specialist will be responsible for participating in therapeutic activities and program the meet patients' psychosocial and developmental needs and facilitating adjustment to health care experiences for patients and families. You will serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team and delegate work assignments to volunteers. The child life specialist will also participate in the clinical training of student interns.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or closely related field required; Masters preferred

  • Completion of 600 hour internship under the direct supervision of a CCLS

  • Certification as a CCLS is preferred, certification is required within 1 year of hire

For more information, please click here.

Child Life Specialist
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

1 Per Diem Position - all areas of coverage

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or closely related field required; Masters preferred

  • Completion of 600 hour internship under the direct supervision of a CCLS

  • Certification as a CCLS is preferred, certification is required within 6 months of hire

For more information, please click here.

Child Life Specialist
Care Dimensions
Danvers, MA

1 Full Time Position: Pediatric Palliative Care

24 Hours - three days a week

Reporting to the Clinical Manager of Palliative Care, the Child Life Specialist is responsible for development and implementation of child life aspects of plan of care based on individual assessment of siblings, patient, child life practices and developmental theories.  Provides a range of counseling services and educational programs to individual children, and families, as well as participates in a variety of outreach activities to professional and lay communities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Certification as Child Life Specialist required

  • Minimum of two years of experience

  • Licensed to drive an automobile that is insured in accordance with state and/or organization requirements

If interested or for more information, please click here.

Child Life Specialist
Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA

1 Full Time Position

1 Part Time Position: Emergency Department

1 Per Diem Position: Hematology/Oncology

MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides a full spectrum of care — from primary care to a broad range of specialty and subspecialty pediatric services — for newborns, children and adolescents from New England and around the world.  We currently have an opening on our inpatient unit for an experienced certified Child Life Specialist to join the integrative team.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred

  • 2 years experience in hospital/clinical setting preferred

  • Completion of child life internship (600 hours) under the direct supervision of a certified child life specialist required

  • Certification through the ACLP as a child life specialist is required within 6 months of hire

For more information, please click here to visit the Mass General Hospital website and search for "child life".

Child Life Specialist
Newton Wellesley Hospital
Newton, MA

1 Per Diem Position

The Child Life Specialist is responsible for administering an education, 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life or a child development related field required, Master's degree preferred

  • Certified Child Life Specialist within one year of hire

  • Prior experience working with children

If interested or for more information, please click here.

Child Life Specialist
Shriners Children's Hospital
Springfield, MA

1 Full Time Position

Shriners Children’s is a family that respects, supports, and values each other. We are engaged in providing excellence in patient care, embracing multi-disciplinary education, and research with global impact. We foster a learning environment that values evidenced based practice, experience, innovation, and critical thinking. Our compassion, integrity, accountability, and resilience defines us as leaders in pediatric specialty care for our children and their families. The Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial support, therapeutic recreational and diversion activities as well as emotional support for patients. The Specialist works with families to promote family-centered care as well as offers support and education to patients and their families. The Specialist assists patient and family in coping skills to reduce anxiety.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field required

  • Certified Child Life Specialist required

  • One year’s experience in a child life program

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

Child Life Specialist
UMass Memorial Health
Worcester, MA

1 Per Diem Position

Creates a welcoming, stress reducing environment in a variety of pediatric settings, including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, radiology, pediatric surgery, and the emergency department. Through the direct intervention strategies of pre-procedure and preoperative teaching, medical and therapeutic play, the Child Life Specialist provides psychosocially sound, family-centered support to children 0-21 years of age and their families.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Child Life, Child Development or related field required

  • Certified Child Life Specialist within 1 year of hire

If interested or for more information, please click here.

New Hampshire

Child Life Specialist
Dartmouth Health
Lebanon, NH

1 Full Time Position: Children of Adult Patients & Ambulatory Clinics with a $4,000 Sign On Bonus

1 Full Time Position: Outpatient Surgery & Ambulatory Clinics with a $4,000 Sign On Bonus

The Child Life Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock 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 challenging 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:

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

  • Certified or pending child life certification within 6 months of hire

  • 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

 

If interested or for more information, please click here and search "child life".

Rhode Island

Child Life Specialist
Lifespan-Hasbro Children's Hospital
Providence, RI

1 Per Diem Position

Child Life Services at Hasbro Children’s Hospital is seeking a collaborative, enthusiastic, and compassionate team player with a willingness to be flexible and creative in meeting the needs of patients and caregivers. Ideal applicants prioritize curiosity, growth mindset, warmth, approachability, kindness, and self-refection. Applicants must demonstrate strong child development knowledge and be skilled at making meaningful connections with patients and families. We invite you to join our passionate and motivated team on our mission to enhance the patient experience by building safe, supportive, trusting relationships with those we serve. Our team prioritizes a culture of caring and intellectual growth with equitable and respectful core values, reflective supervision, and supportive leadership.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in child life child development or closely related field required. Master's degree preferred.

  • Completion of Child Life Professional internship with one year experience working with children required. Professional child life experience in health care setting strongly preferred.

  • Certified Child Life Specialist by the Association of Child Life Professionals (or completion within one year of hire).

 

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

Vermont

Child Life Specialist
The University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, VT

2 Full Time Positions

Child Life Services functions within the policies, practices and program plans of the Department of Nursing at the Organization. Under the supervision 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 the 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:

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

  • CCLS Certification

  • At least 1 year of experience working as a Child Life Specialist

 

If interested or for more information, please click the following links:

Position 1

 

Position 2

(Posted 1/2024) 

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

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