Child Life Assistant Job

Children's Health - Child Life Careers

Job Number: 52173

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 8-19-2017


POSITION SUMMARY: Child Life Assistant

This job is responsible for activities in the playroom while monitoring the safety of the children as well as providing a child friendly environment. This is a PRN weekend position, working Saturdays and Sundays 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Minimum of four shifts per month required.


Applies basic technical skills and knowledge of operational processes to perform straightforward and routine activities

Understands how the assigned duties integrate with others in the team

Depends on direct supervision to accomplish assigned tasks; accountable for developing own self to enhance contribution

Uses standard operating procedures to guide own work and solve standard problems; escalates unfamiliar or difficult problems to more experienced colleagues

Responsible for the accuracy of own work

Works within clearly defined standard operating procedures or methods and adheres to established quality guidelines

Recognizes opportunities to provide good customer service and demonstrates courtesy in all interactions; effectively exchanges straightforward information


Maintain a safe environment in the playroom, monitor general health needs in the playroom and ask for assistance from nursing when appropriate; provide toys and activities that are appropriate for a wide developmental range of children; take developmentally appropriate toys and activities to individual patients confined to rooms; and set up the playroom activities, supervise the activities and clean up area.

Provide input to the Child Life Specialist about observed specific needs of individual children; determine when the needs of individual children should be attended to by medical professionals and / or outside the general scope of the role of the Child Life Assistant.

Provide guidance to community groups visiting the playroom(s); supervise volunteers assisting in the playroom; assist with acceptance of donations and materials handling for the department.

Ability to meet physical and non-physical demands as outlined in the job description is an essential function of the job.

Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.


Direct - Indicates that the person in the position directly provides care, treatment or services to the patient. Ex: Nurses, Physical/Occupational Therapists, RCPs.


Minimum 1-2 years of job related experience required


High school diploma or equivalent required; additional training beyond high school required

Some college coursework in child development required

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.

Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.

Meet patient and patient family needs; take responsibility for a patient's safety, satisfaction, and clinical outcomes; use appropriate interpersonal techniques to resolve difficult patient situations and regain patient confidence.

Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.

Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.

Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.

Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.

Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.

Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.

Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.

Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.

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