Child Life Specialist

Position: Child Life Specialist

Job ID: 146237

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: Child Life Play Therapy

Talent Area: Clinical Support

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8 hour shift

About Texas Children's Hospital

Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years. Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation. To join our community of 13,000 dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture


We are searching for our next Child Life Specialist someone with the ability to work in a fast paced hospital environment. Your responsibility is to implement and provide a comprehensive program of Child Life Services that help meet the emotional, developmental, and social needs of children in a health care setting.


Furthermore, you'll provide opportunities for children to gain a sense of mastery, offering play and learning experiences, and encouraging family and peer interaction.


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Responsibilities :

  • Provides child life assessments and normalizes the hospital environment for patients and families 
  • Promotes and provides developmentally appropriate interventions for patients and families 
  • Represents and communicates child life and psychosocial issues of pediatric healthcare to professionals outside of child life 
  • Participates in the professional development of self and other child life professionals 
  • Collaborates in an intradepartmental effort to support the mission and vision of the Child Life department




  • Master's or Bachelor's Degree in Child Life or related field
  • Completion of a child life internship
  • Met all criteria set by the Child Life Council to apply to take the Child Life Certification Exam
  • Knowledge of normal child development and age appropriate activities and the effects of hospitalization of development and coping
  • Able to provide developmental assessments, to represent and communicate child life and psychosocial issues of pediatric health care to others, to supervise child life volunteers, exhibit strong/effective group facilitation skills, strong interpersonal communication skills, effective time and resource management, flexibility, strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to learn and utilize computer skills


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