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Albany Medical Center Child Life Specialist II in Albany, New York


General Pediatrics - C7

Work Shift:

Evening (United States of America)

In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, manages a comprehensive program of therapeutic activities and learning experiences that further the psycho-social, developmental, cognitive and intellectual growth of hospitalized children. Creates a child friendly environment that reduces the potentially traumatic effects of hospitalization.


Other duties may be assigned.

-Demonstrates developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to assess and interact with a diverse population of pediatric patients and their families.

-Demonstrates knowledge of general pediatric illness, terminology, etiology, and disease process.

-Assists patients in coping with the stress of hospitalization, illness and loss through developmentally-based / psychologically-sound child life interventions.

-Provides a therapeutic and safe environment that supports patients’ growth and development, ages 0-21.

-Maintains playroom utilized by a diverse pediatric population, and all child life resources.

-Participates in patient / family teaching activities. Uses developmentally appropriate and medically accurate teaching resources / techniques that increase patients’ knowledge and support emotional needs.

-Demonstrates excellent communication skills regarding obtaining and sharing data pertinent to patients’ needs / condition, and documentation in patient's medical record.

-Supports in-hospital / home tutoring services that reduce loss of educational ground. Assists families with coordination of activities, through the use of Education Inc.

-Manages on-going student intern / community volunteer program on pediatrics.

-Responsible for coordination of all unit-based, child life special events and activities.

-Represents and communicates child life and psycho-social issues of pediatric health care to other health care professionals, students, and community.

-Plans, implements and evaluates child life services and activities.

-Implements child life services within constraints and expectations of the hospital.

-Participates is unit-based and hospital-wide committees, projects, educational activities, and special events.


Master's prepared.

Prefer CLS certification or eligibility and intent to sit for Child Life Specialist certification exam within 6 months of hire.

Thank you for your interest in Albany Medical Center!​

Albany Medical is an equal opportunity employer.

This role may require access to information considered sensitive to Albany Medical Center, its patients, affiliates, and partners, including but not limited to HIPAA Protected Health Information and other information regulated by Federal and New York State statutes. Workforce members are expected to ensure that:

Access to information is based on a “need to know” and is the minimum necessary to properly perform assigned duties. Use or disclosure shall not exceed the minimum amount of information needed to accomplish an intended purpose. Reasonable efforts, consistent with Albany Med Center policies and standards, shall be made to ensure that information is adequately protected from unauthorized access and modification.

Albany Med is the centerpiece of medicine, research, and medical education in New York’s CapitalRegion and is the area's largest private employer with more than 10,000 employees.

Albany Med offers excellent career opportunities in a wide range of roles in both patient care andadministration. We value all our staff members and offer outstanding employee benefits including:

  • Excellent health care coverage (http://albanymedcareers.com/benefits/employee-health-%20benefits/) with lower copays at most Albany Med providers.

  • A wide array of services and programs to support emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing (http://albanymedcareers.com/benefits/employee-advantages/)

Anchored in the state’s historic capital city, Albany Med offers a full range outpatient and inpatient careand is home to the region’s largest hospital, only Level 1 trauma center, and only children’s hospital. Thedowntown campus also offers opportunities at Albany Medical College.

Albany Med partners with Columbia Memorial Health, Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital to form the Albany Med Health System, serving more than three million people over 25 counties.