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Children's Mercy Kansas City Specialist, Child Life in Kansas City, Missouri

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Thank you for considering Children’s Mercy! Half a million times a year, a child comes to our doors. We take care of them all, fulfilling our non-profit mission. Joining the CM team means being a part of a caring environment where people are passionate about helping children get well. Whether clinical or non-clinical, we are all here for the same reason – our patients and their families! Read more below about this position and apply if you feel this organization and job are a fit for you.


This position assesses and provides services in response to the identified psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families. This position provides education and coping support to children and families to reduce the stress and anxiety accompanying hospitalization and other aspects of healthcare. Responsible for training and working with Patient Activity Coordinators, Project Rise Hospitality Assistants, foster grandparents and volunteers in assigned areas. Responsible for facilitating an accredited Child Life Internship Program, a Child Life Practicum Program, and providing educational experiences for other health care professionals and learners. Responsible for completing other duties as assigned.

At Children’s Mercy, we are committed to ensuring that everyone feels welcomed within our walls. A successful candidate for this position will join us as we strive to create a workplace that reflects the community we serve, as well as our core values of kindness, curiosity, inclusion, team and integrity.


  • Assess patient/family acuity and psychosocial risk and provide a safe, therapeutic and healing environment for children and families.

  • Assess healthcare, family, and child variables to implement a plan of care that support individualized learning needs, which may include preparation (e.g., teaching dolls, books, technology, medical equipment, tours, etc. ), diagnostic teaching, coping strategies (e.g., alternative focus, deep breathing, guided imagery, integrative and expressive therapies, etc. ), and advocacy for pain management.

  • Represent, communicate, and teach Child Life services appropriately to other professionals, volunteers, students, and the community; work collaboratively with all parties as needed to achieve optimal outcomes.


  • Master's Degree preferred

  • Bachelor's Degree required 1- 2 years of experience preferred

  • Certified Child Life Specialist within 1 year of hire

  • CCLS Certified Child Life Specialist Certified Child Life Specialist Required 1 Year

  • Infant Massage Instructor Certification Preferred

  • Recreational Therapy Certification Preferred

Starting Pay

Our pay ranges are market competitive. The pay range for this job begins at $19.19, but your offer will be determined based on your education and experience.

EEO Employer/Disabled/Vet

Children’s Mercy hires individuals based on their job skills, expertise and ability to maintain professional relationships with fellow employees, patients, parents and visitors. A personal interview, formal education and training, previous work experience, references and a criminal background investigation all are factors used to select the best candidates. The hospital does not discriminate against prospective or current employees based on the race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or veteran status. A drug screen will be performed upon hire. Children’s Mercy is smoke and tobacco free.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

CM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our patients and families come from all walks of life, and so do we. We know that our greatest strengths come from the people who make up our team so we hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger and our patient care more compassionate.

If you share our values and our enthusiasm for service, you will find a home at CM. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring, including education, ideas, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, religion, disability and beliefs.

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Requisition ID 2021-15359

Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 4 days ago (6/8/2021 5:09 PM)

Posting Category Allied Health


Work Days Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tues

FLSA Status Exempt


Recruiter : Full Name: First Last Caroline Chapman-Magruder