Child Life Specialist

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center    Chicago, IL
Job Description

ChicagoCAC employees are expected to perform their job duties and act in a manner consistent with the Core Values of the organization.

Responsibility Summary

Provide a developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed environment to all children, ensuring their physical safety and emotional well-being. Integrate child life interventions to help support children and families. Promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and therapeutic activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare children and families for medical exams/procedures and provide activities and interventions to help them cope, while meeting their developmental, emotional, and educational needs.
  • Provide procedural support to children during medical exams/procedures to promote positive coping and minimize anxiety.
  • Assess and respond to the needs of children and families in various child life areas, facilitating developmentally appropriate activities/play for children and amenities for caregivers.
  • Facilitate child-directed play and socialization with other children.
  • Build rapport with children and families and develop positive relationships with returning families.
  • Observe and monitor child behavior and emotional responses, providing behavioral intervention and support as needed.
  • Communicate significant information obtained from children to the appropriate team member; communicate behavioral changes or concerns to therapist.
  • Contact the appropriate staff member in crisis situations.
  • Assist in the orientation and training of new child life staff, students, and volunteers. Submit weekly student observations to Child Life Manager.
  • Oversee child life students during their observational experience in the medical clinic.
  • Document child life services and interventions in the electronic case tracking system.
  • Assist in management of donations.
  • Take inventory of child life materials and order items, when needed.
  • Assist in further development of the Child Life program.
  • Participate in local networking and training opportunities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Child Life Specialists have a mid-level range of discretion and independent decision-making.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not supervise any other position, but does provide guidance to Child Life Assistants, Students, and Volunteers as needed.


Child Life Specialists work closely with the Child Life Supervisor, Child Life Assistants, Support Services, Mental Health, Advocacy, and Forensic Interviewing teams.


  • Child Life Professional Certification (or attained within 6 months of hire)
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in child life or child development related field
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
  • CPR Certification (or within 90 days of hire)
  • 2-3 years of working experience in a child life or human services related field
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills

Must be available to work Mondays 8am-4pm and Tuesday-Friday 11am-7pm

Job Type: Full-time


  • Working in Child Life or Human Services: 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor s (Required)


  • Child Life Professional (Preferred)


  • Bilingual Spanish (Preferred)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:20:01 GMT

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