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Child Life Specialist

Company name
Maryville Academy

Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type

Healthcare, Education, Bilingual

Posted on
Sep 04,2019

Valid Through
Dec 18,2019

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Child Life Specialist


Children's Healthcare


Chicago, IL


Maryville Academy has an opening for a  Child Life Specialist

 in our Children's Healthcare Center.

About Maryville Academy

For more than 134 years, Maryville has been committed to providing protection and guidance to children. As the world has changed, so have the needs of the families and children we serve. Maryville has adapted by focusing on our community’s most critical issues. Today, our range of programs includes residential care, mental health services, healthcare and family support services, as well as a variety of educational and youth development offerings. Maryville’s mission is to help children and families to reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral and emotional growth.

About the Children's Healthcare Center

Maryville’s Children’s Healthcare Center is a long-term care facility that provides specialized clinical care for medically fragile children, also known as medically complex, as well as children who have suffered an accident or illness and now require transition care, ages newborn through 21. The Center provides care to patients who may be technology-dependent (e.g., ventilator care, apnea monitoring) and training for parents, caregivers, and siblings to help them become more confident when attending to the fragile child’s specialized needs.

About the Child Life Specialist Position

The Child Life Specialist is responsible for child life services and programs to children ages birth through 21 years in the Maryville Academy Children’s Healthcare Center.  Through the development, implementation and documentation of services and programs, this position promotes effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression for children and their families to cope with the stress of an illness or disability, a prolonged healthcare stay, ongoing treatments and procedures or psychosocial challenges.  Provides information, emotional support and guidance for family members.


Provides developmentally appropriate play and activities to support normal growth and development and to assess and meet the child’s psychosocial needs during their respite or transitional care stay.

Creates an activity plan for each child using basic principles of family-centered care. Implements individual interventions and activities based on an assessment of a child’s development, coping style, diagnosis, and psychosocial supports.

Ensure adequate understanding of medical care and experiences using play and developmentally appropriate language and teaching tools.

Uses developmentally appropriate play experiences to assess and meet the child’s psychosocial needs during their respite or transitional care stay.

Offers opportunities to play, learn and interact with others in an emotionally and physically safe environment to reduce stress, increase adaptive coping, and enhance developmental integrity.

Identifies resources as necessary for developmental intervention, play, coping, education and family support.

Creates a positive environment for children, families and the community.

Supports continued growth and development for the child through group and individual programming.

Promotes adjustment of children and families to treatment, illness, and disability.

Considers the needs of siblings or other children who may also be affected by a child’s health situation.

Communicates with members of the health care team, through formal and informal means of transmitting information, in order to provide optimal care of patients and families. Communicates through both conveying and responding to pertinent information.

Participates in the orientation, training, and mentoring of students and volunteers in appropriate developmental play.

Maintains and orders equipment and supplies for service and program.

Participates in the development and implementation of goals, data collection, and quality improvement projects related to the CLS program.

Evaluates CLS services and makes recommendations to improve child and program outcomes.

Advocates for and addresses the psychosocial/spiritual/developmental/cultural needs of the child and family throughout the continuum of care.

Handles difficult situations pro-actively and collaboratively at the point of service.

Develops new programs or projects to meet the needs of service area.

Assumes responsibility for professional development through participation in seminars or other course work.

Administrative and project management duties, as assigned.

Maintains appropriate records and statistics.

Other duties as assigned.



Requires knowledge of child and adolescent development normally acquired through the completion of a baccalaureate degree in child development, child and family development or related field of study.

Minimum of 1 year of experience in child life setting or equivalent position.

Skills /Knowledge:

Ability to think pro-actively, act creatively and take initiative appropriately.

Ability to communicate effectively, work as a member of a team and adapt to the changing health care environment.

Understands coping styles, child/family learning styles and needs based on developmental level, emotional state, cultural and religious practices.

Bilingual English/Spanish language competency required

Must conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner.

Physical Demands:

Required to frequently sit, stand, bend, stoop and walk, sometimes for extended periods;

Required to occasionally lift/move objects and/or youth weighing in excess of 40 pounds;

Must have visual, hearing, and learning capabilities sufficient to perform the essential functions defined above.

Environment and Scheduling:

Work is performed in designated administrative office and clinical settings;

Duties may involve contact with youth who may be hostile, threatening, aggressive, and/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol;

Must be flexible and available to work additional hours when necessary.

Why Join the Maryville Family?

At Maryville you can make a difference to children and their families.  When you join our team as a full time employee, Maryville offers:

Competitive pay

PPO health insurance options

Vision Insurance


403(b) match

Paid vacation and sick days

9 paid holidays a year

After one year of service you will be eligible for dental insurance, long term disability and life insurance and tuition reimbursement. 

For more information about all of the services that Maryville provides, please visit our website at

Maryville Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  No applicant for employment shall be discriminated against because of age, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, veteran status or disability.


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