Child Life Specialist I, II or III
Baltimore, MD 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

Requisition #:623889
Location:Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 21201
Category:Allied Health/Clinical Professional
Schedule:Evening Shift

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Requisition #: 623889

Location: 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD 21287


Full Time (40 hours)

Day Shift, 1:30 am - 12:00 pm


Position Summary:

Provides psychosocially and developmentally based assessment and support to both infants, children, youth and their families in the pediatric emergency department. 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. Oversees the work of child life volunteers. Teaches, supervises, and evaluates the growth and development of practicum and internship students. Serves as a resource and advocate on topics related to child development and patient's adjustment to and coping with diagnosis and treatment for families and in assigned clinical area.


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

Work Experience:

Completion of a Child Life internship. One year job experience or a Master's degree with some work experience preferred.


Certification at the professional level through the Association of Child Life Professionals must be acquired within the first year of employment.

  • A professional level of knowledge of theoretical foundations of child life practice (child development, play, stress and coping, family systems, and patient and family centered care.) - 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 acquired through academic program and clinical internship.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care framework and application in child life practice
  • Knowledge of the Association of Child Life Professionals Code of Ethics.
  • Familiarity with hospital/departmental policies and procedures normally acquired through one to three months on-the-job experience.
  • 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 therapeutic activities that promote development, self-expression, and mastery up to eighty percent of the work day
  • Documentation and written communication skills, usually acquired through academic preparation and 600 hr clinical internship.
  • Effective verbal communication and public speaking skills.
  • Emerging supervisory skills.
  • Demonstrates dedication to support diversity, equity and inclusion within organizational role.
  • Time management and organizational skills.

JHM prioritizes the health and well-being of every employee. Come be healthy at Hopkins!

Diversity and Inclusion are Johns Hopkins Medicine Core Values. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, where we embrace and celebrate our differences, where all employees feel valued, contribute to our mission of serving the community, and engage in equitable healthcare delivery and workforce practices

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

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

We are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for our patients, visitors and staff members. The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a tobacco-free at work policy. Employees must refrain from using any tobacco products during their work shifts - including while at lunch or on breaks, and whether they are on or off campus.

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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Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
0 to 1 year
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