With a 609-licensed-bed hospital, 1100 physicians and 4500 employees, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is one of the largest healthcare delivery networks in the Washington, D.C., area. We offer some of the most sophisticated treatments and technologies available, as well as the expertise of nationally respected physicians. We have an excellent opportunity for a Child Life Specialist to join our team.
Reporting to the Child Life, Education & Arts Coordinator, the incumbent in this position is a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team that provides optimal developmental and psychosocially appropriate care for pediatric patients and their families.
Executes Hope for Henry Programs with excellence and adherence to mission of improving the lives of seriously ill children being treated at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Cancer Center and in the Pediatric Inpatient Unit. A Child Life Specialist helps to assess children's developmental and coping needs and implements developmentally-appropriate therapeutic interventions, such as play, medical play, psychological preparation, and rehearsed coping to minimize distress associated with hospitalization and other medical experiences.
Bachelor's degree in Child Life, Education, Psychology, Child Development, or a related field is required.
Two years of experience as a Child Life Specialist in an acute healthcare setting.
Experience with children of all ages and developmental levels is preferred.
Professionally certified Child Life Specialist.
In addition, may also hold certification as a recreational therapist, art therapist, drama therapist, or dance/movement specialist.
Ability to assess and interact with patients and families, applying theories of human growth and development, family systems and cultural diversity.
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to organize and prioritize work.
Must be able to develop and implement developmentally appropriate therapeutic activities programs for pediatric patients and their families.
Ability to have in-depth understanding of the effects of hospitalization on children's growth and development and on family dynamics.
Ability to represent and communicate role of Child Life Specialist to others.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team.
Ability to organize and prioritize work.
Competitive compensation and generous benefits
Superb educational opportunities plus tuition assistance
Free shuttle from Metro stations
Location, location, location! Located in Washington, D.C., MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers an exciting lifestyle to complement a satisfying career. The D.C. metro area is famous for its education and cultural venues in theater, music, museums, art galleries, and restaurants. Employees live in D.C., Maryland or Virginia, affording great choices in lifestyle just Metro stops away from the hospital.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Associates live by Our Common Purpose: We Create Caring Moments in the Spirit of Cura Personalis – Care for the Whole Person. Our Quality Standards of Safety, Compassion, Professionalism, and Coordinated Care set the priorities for consistent decision making applicable to everyone in every situation.