Child Life Specialist I

Position: Child Life Specialist I

Job ID: 155282

Location: US-TX-Houston

Department: Child Life Play Therapy

Talent Area: Clinical Support

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Shift: 8a-5p

About Texas Children's Hospital

Founded in 1996, Texas Children’s Health Plan is the nation's first health maintenance organization (HMO) created just for children. We provide STAR/Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to pregnant women, teens, children and adults in Houston and surrounding areas. Currently, the Health Plan has more than 375,000 members who receive care from our network of more than 1,100 primary care physicians, 3,200 specialists, and 70 hospitals. Texas Children's Health Plan is also the largest combined STAR/CHIP Managed Care Organization in the Harris County service area.   To join our community of 14,000+ dedicated team members, visit for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at   Texas Children’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions at Texas Children's without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.


We are searching for a Child Life Specialist – someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you will 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. You will also 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 health care to professionals outside of child life
  • Participates in 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


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