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Job Details

Child Life Specialist 183817

Company name
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Baltimore, MD, United States

Employment Type

Healthcare, Education

Posted on
Apr 12,2019

Valid Through
Jul 26,2019

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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.


Days-Full Time 40 hours

Saturday through Wednesday, 8am to 4:30pm 


Work Location:

Johns Hopkins Hospital, East Baltimore,MD


• Ability to assess patient/family psychosocial and developmental strengths and risks, 

• Plan goals

• Implement interventions

• 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, Etc:

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:

• Possible exposure to communicable diseases and hazardous materials with little likelihood of harm if established health precautions are followed.

• Works in area that may require contact with aggressive and/or combative patients.

• Work areas may be noisy and crowded.

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.

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


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From the 1889 opening of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, to the opening of the School of Medicine four years later, there emerged the concept of combining research, teaching and patient care. This model, the first of its kind, would lead to a national and international reputation for excellence and discovery.

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