Child Life Specialist (Wage)
Job ID: R0029044 | Healthcare Specialists | Part time | Charlottesville, VA
A member of the pediatric health care team who focuses on the emotional social and developmental needs of hospitalized children and adolescents. This professional works with ill or injured children and adolescents across the continuum of care to ease the anxiety and stress that accompanies illness injury or chronic conditions.
  • Recognize and address the importance of therapeutic play in facilitating children's mastery of and coping with health care experiences.
  • Appropriately observe and assess patient and family learning style diagnostic understanding and needs.
  • Prepare children and families for medical procedures.
  • Facilitate supervised medical play opportunities for patients and their siblings to support coping skills.
  • Assist patients with chronic illnesses and their families in coping with diagnosis treatment hospitalization and loss.
  • Treats children parents and team members with dignity and respect.
  • Establishes relationships with team members and families that reflect the key elements of family-centered care.
  • Functions as an effective team member working with administration team members and volunteers to ensure that appropriate parties are kept informed and those individual and collaborative assignments/responsibilities are met.
  • Maintains records.
  • Meets training requirements on an annual basis.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Position Compensation Range: $20.68 - $32.05 Hourly



  • Bachelor's degree in Child Life or Child Development related field required.
  • Master's degree preferred Completion of minimum of 480 hour Child Life Internship required.

Experience: None required.


  • Child Life Professional Certification within one year of hire required.
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider BLS certification required.



Job requires standing for prolonged periods, frequently bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills; Attention to detail and ability to write legibly; Ability to lift/push/pull 20 - 50lbs. May be exposed to noise, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

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Charlottesville, VA 22903

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